Gateshead will host two performances of Lullaby Sonic Cradle, a contemporary musical exploration of night time sounds interspersed with lullabies from India and audio recording gathered from members of the local community.
The project is being delivered by West Yorkshire-based arts organisation Manasamitra, with performances taking place at Sage Gateshead on February 16th, at 2pm and 4pm.
And it’s not too late to contribute to the performance – Manasamitra is hosting a series of Lullaby Booths at Newcastle Railway Station, where people can record lullabies and childhood memories. The booths will be open from February 11-13 between noon and 1pm.
Soundscapes produced in the booths, as well as those recorded during a residency at Sage during the autumn, will form an integral part of the performances. Gateshead was one of just five residencies taking place in the UK last year, with each reflecting the local community’s make-up, habits and passions.
Inspired by the songs Indian women sing to their babies while working in the fields, the installation is created through a collaborative process involving communities, professional musicians and technology. The result is a restful, tranquil and immersive musical experience featuring interactive visual effects.
Composer Duncan Chapman, multi-instrumentalist James Cave and harpist Lucy Nolan will join Manasamitra founder and noted Carnatic singer Supriya Nagarajan to deliver Lullaby Sonic Cradle.
Manasamitra founder Supriya Nagarajan said: “Following the success of our performances in 2016, we’re pleased to secured Grants for the Arts funding from Arts Council England to enable us to deliver the Lullaby Sonic Cradle project in partnership with venues across the country.
“During the residencies, we extensive audience development work and engaged with host partners to better understand the cultural landscapes behind each community.“
This has enabled us to deliver installations that are largely bespoke to each audience, and which place emphasis on the experiences of attendees – whether that be mothers and tots in rural communities or the culturally diverse make-up of the local population in Newcastle.”
For tickets to the Sage performances, go to https://www.sagegateshead.com/event/lullaby-sonic-cradle51509/
The project will also be delivered at Middlesbrough Town Hall in April.
Based in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, Manasamitra delivers a range of South Asian arts and cultural experiences in traditional and innovative ways.
The company’s work is stimulated by ideas, forms and aesthetics from India within a contemporary British context.