Frontiers: Steve Potter
The Lab, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
200 Jennens Road, B4 7XR
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Photo © Yiannis Katsaris
HAM-HANDED: Video, words and music for players apart
Concept, Music and Video Steve Potter
Director Ilenia Cipollari
Producer Mette Slot Johnsen
Costumes Manrutt Wongkaew
Steve Potter spoken word
Huw Hallam keyboard
Dom Cooper chorus
Potter HAM-HANDED: video, words and music for players apart (world premiere)
Steve Potter (Guildhall School of Music and Drama) presents a performance about relationality and race from the perspective of a white American musician raised on recordings of funk and trained in Western classical music. With the help of guests, he examines his own position and his musical Afro-centrism, paying tribute to Cecil Taylor, Hazel Scott, Jesse Jackson, Rihanna, Lester Bowie, Rakim and Eric B., and Kendrick Lamar. Throughout the performance he toys with his impulse to see the very attempt to performatively address race from his position as doomed to social clumsiness and faux-pas.