Rhapsody for Clarinet and Wheelchair Basketball Team is a groundbreaking audio-visual work, that combines music, sound design, film and sport. Commissioned by the Bluecoat, and premiered as part of DaDaFest 2012 on 28th August 2012. Now, to celebrate the recent London Paralympics 2012, Rhapsody for Clarinet and Wheelchair Basketball Team has been launched online.
Using recordings of players from Greenbank Wheelchair Basketball Team, Jonathan Hering and Jack Whiteley constructed a dense, visceral and rhythmic sound-and-film collage, over which clarinettist Mandy Burvill performs a specially-composed solo, combining imitative sounds of the game with more lyrical representations of the sport. The piece perfectly captures the excitement of competition with the Paralympic ideals of inspiration, aspiration and achievement.
Musically sitting somewhere between John Zorn's Game Pieces, with their sporting rules transplanted into musical form, the 'found object' percussion tradition utilised by composers from John Cage and Harry Partch to Brian Eno, and the dense and complex programmed work of IDM artists such as Aphex Twin, the further layers of Whiteley's stunning imagery and Burvill's spectacular musicianship make this an artistic experience like no other.
The work is also available for live screening, either with or without live clarinet. For more information, please contact email@example.com
Jonathan Hering – Sound and Music
Jonathan is a Liverpool-based composer, performer and producer, with an interest in unusual musical combinations. He has composed for indeterminate ensembles, youth music groups, film, and museum instrument collections. He has performed throughout Europe and had his music played by members of the Roya Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.
He works with the collective a.P.A.t.T., creating music through a wide variety of platforms, from pop singles to interactive cross-artform installations, and leading the a.P.A.t.T. Orchestra. www.apattorchestra.com
Jack Whiteley – Film
Jack is a freelance filmmaker based in Liverpool. He studied Contemporary Film & Video at Manchester Metropolitan University. Specialising in directing, cinematography and editing, Whiteley's work is often music related and regularly involves collaboration with local musicians and artists, notably in a long-standing association with Liverpool's Kazimier Club. www.vimeo.com/jackwhiteley
Mandy Burvill – Clarinet
Mandy studied at Trinity College of Music and subsequently spent 10 years as 2nd and E flat clarinet in the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (RLPO). She is currently pursuing a varied freelance career, playing with orchestras including the BBC Philharmonic, HalleÌ, Northern Sinfonia, and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
Mandy works for the RLPO and Mersey Care’s award-winning Musician in Residence programme and is also part of the In Harmony team in West Everton, also teaching at the Royal Northern College of Music and Manchester University in addition to her own private teaching practice.
Greenbank Wheelchair Basketball Team
The club was established in 1999 with the aim of helping disabled people of all ages to enjoy basketball. The club has 19 members and is open to men and women of all age ranges, currently the youngest member is 15 and the oldest 58 years old. They play competitive wheelchair basketball all over the North West and as far as Belfast. The team trains at Greenbank Sports Academy. www.greenbanksportsacademy.co.uk
Supported by the PRS for Music Foundation - www.prsformusicfoundation.com