Joby Burgess - Powerplant
Joby Burgess, the “insanely talented British percussionist” (Chicago Classical Music) presents Powerplant, an inspiring collaboration of British artists, which fuses driving minimalism and electronica with original video.
Joby Burgess – production and percussion
Matt Fairclough – sound design
Kathy Hinde – visual artist
Filmed by Andy Willsher and Iain Armstrong
Web Photos - Kathy Hinde
The North Wall, Oxford
Recipient of several awards, RIBA The North Wall Arts Centre was built on the site of a Grade II Victorian swimming pool. The London architects, Haworth Tompkins, were commissioned to design a multi-arts centre which would blend a Victorian listed building with c-20th architecture with vernacular form, diverse materials and a linear series of connected 'barns' built against the weathered stone boundary wall, also reflecting innovation and creativity.
Artistic Director's Notes
Thinking digitally and of interdisciplinarity from concept, Joby’s work with Kathy and Matt immediately came to mind. Enthusiastic spirited chats have shaped a programme which is arresting both visually and sonically. I am also thrilled that the festival will be premiering Joby’s new arrangement for marimba solo + electronics of Eric Whitacre’s mesmerising Sleep, which, together with the ethereal sounds of the aluminium harp in Linda Buckley's Discordia, will be a striking contrast to the powerful explosions of sound and colour of the rest of POWERPLANT with Alvarez and de Wardener. This project is also a wonderful example of when working together creates marvellous things. I am particularly pleased to have worked with my connections in Oxford to collaborate on this project.
-Dr Michelle Castelletti, Artistic Director, Three Palaces Festival
London based composer and producer Max de Wardener takes influence from Michael Haneke’s film The Piano Teacher in a powerful reworking of Franz Schubert’s Winterreise.
The etheral Canna Sonora - a nine-foot tall Aluminium Harp - is the focal point of Linda Buckley’s 2018 Barbican commission Discordia. The pure sounds of this Capone era friction instrument are set within an evocative soundscape of lost voices and dark synths, to create an electronically enhanced fusion that speaks right here, right now.
Javier Alvarez’s Temazcal combines a single pair of maracas, Latin American folk music and pre-recorded sounds, to create a world of electronic noises and rhythmic shadows. In the words of composer John Adams, “The music of Javier Alvarez reveals influences of popular cultures that go beyond the borders of our own time and place.”
Taken from Burgess’ unique recording ‘Marimba Quartets’, Sleep brings the warm, earthy tones of the marimba to one of Eric Whitacre’s most popular choral works.
Famed for their visually innovative, multi-media performances, Powerplant operate at the forefront of the alt-classical scene, presenting percussion led performances with sound design by Matthew Fairclough and visuals by Kathy Hinde.
One of Britain’s most diverse percussionists, Joby Burgess is best known for his virtuosic, often lissom performances, daring collaborations, extensive education work, and regularly appears throughout Europe, the USA and beyond. Both in the studio and on the road Joby Burgess works with artists including Peter Gabriel, Goldfrapp, Max Richter, Steve Reich and Eric Whitacre.
‘with percussionist extraordinaire Joby Burgess … thunder and menace are offset by taps, rattles and delicate whispers redolent of an entire percussion section.’ BBC Music Magazine
‘a prominent figure in the alt-classical scene … Joby Burgess, the soloist coaxed all manner of sounds from the oxlike instrument, often wielding multiple sticks in each hand and even using his fingers and elbows … the words athleticism and stamina come to mind.’ New York Times
Im Dorfe Max de Wardener
Discordia Linda Buckley
Temazcal Javier Alvarez
Sleep Eric Whitacre (arranged Joby Burgess)
Disclaimer: All the necessary precautions to safeguard our artists and crew were taken during the filming of this project. 'Joby Burgess - Powerplant' is produced by Festivals Malta, in collaboration with The North Wall and the Oxford Festival of the Arts. The Three Palaces Festival is sponsored by Kinnie, Hertz, MAPFRE MSV Life and the Ministry for National Heritage, The Arts and Local Government.