Propellor // Flight
Recital Hall, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
200 Jennens Road, B4 7XR
Propellor // Flight
Propellor are a 12-piece ensemble of soaring strings, ambient guitar, double percussion and otherworldly winds, directed by Jack McNeill.
Flight is their latest large-scale production tracing the connections between music, birds, humans and the science inbetween. This is a collaboration with one of the UK’s leading authors on nature Mark Cocker and a host of incredible writers, artists and musicians.
Expect music that tells the stories of astounding bird migrations, how we listen and why it matters, electronic collaborations with artist Leafcutter John, live reactive visuals and spoken word alongside powerful contemporary dance.
“Deeply moving and profoundly beautiful.”
"It was so different from anything I have experienced, a fascinating collaboration of creatives and ecologists. Beautiful in its complex intensity, I’ve been thinking about it ever since!"
"Flight is a rare bird –– a fascinating, immersive exploration of birds and people."
"A mesmeric auditory journey into bird migration, landscape and the art of listening. It bubbles with scientific enquiry, sonic wonder and reflections on our uneasy human coexistence with greater-than-human life. And through it all, tugging at your hand, such vivid new music."
Jack McNeill clarinets
David Le Page violin
Catherine Leech violin
Charlie Wild fiddle
Kay Stephen viola
Louise McMonagle cello
Sebastiano Dessanay double bass
Delia Stevens percussion
Stuart Brown drums and live triggering
Aaron Diaz trumpet and live electronics
Martyn Sanderson trombone
Robin Beatty guitars
Jenny Reeves live dance
Barret Hodgson live reactive visuals
Ruth Montgomery visuals consultant
Bethan Maddocks paper lanterns
Katie Duxbury costume
Leafcutter John pre-recorded electronics
Annie Rigby dramaturgy
Tim Hand live sound
Forthcoming events in Guest Artists
Forthcoming dates include:
RISE ConcertGuest Artists
Misfits Summer Concert!Guest Artists
Supersonic Festival: Steve Von Till and HaressGuest Artists
Ten Steps - Max ZT and Dan WhitehouseGuest Artists
Swing Into ChristmasGuest Artists