Learn more about our year 1 composers and the communities they will be working with.
Call Me Unique
soul, jazz, skat
In collaboration with Kalaboration we are pleased to announce that Unique Brown is lead composer for Perry Barr district. Unique is also from the district raised in Handsworth!
“Brummie raised Call Me Unique is also channelling that much missed jazz scat. With clever (and welcome) hints to her idols, Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes and Ms Lauren Hill, her funding will go towards an upcoming EP release and UK tour to support.”
Text taken from The Girls Are
In collaboration with Birmingham Contemporary Music Group we are pleased to announce Percy Pursglove will be working in Northfield district.
Percy is a renowned freelance Jazz musician/composer/arranger/recording artist (Trumpet/Double Bass) who also lectures in Jazz at the Birmingham Conservatoire senior and junior departments. Percy also has roles as director of the National Youth Jazz Wales, tutor for National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland/National Youth Jazz Collective, music for youth mentor and improvisation clinician for Wales Music Teachers Federation.
“BCMG is excited to be part of for-Wards as it brings together two of the most important parts of its mission – supporting the creation of new music and bringing it to the widest possible audience.”
Nancy Evans – Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
Contemporary, electronic, experimental
In collaboration with Birmingham Conservatoire we are pleased to announce Bobbie-Jane Gardner, who will be working in Selly Oak District.
Bobbie is a composer, pianist, arranger, producer and music leader. Her piano playing skills have seen her perform with an array of bands and ensembles. Bobbie loves orchestrating, arranging and remixing music.
“Bobbie-Jane Gardner is rapidly gaining a reputation as one of the most exciting figures on the dynamic Birmingham new music scene, and one of the most distinctive composers of her generation.” Joe Cutler, Head of Composition – Birmingham Conservatoire
In collaboration with Access to Music we are pleased to announce Rowen Coleing will be working alongside Justin K Broadrick in Hodge Hill district.
Rowen is a multi-instrumentalist and audio engineer from Birmingham UK, who has been recording bands from home since 2013. Rowen is also writing and recording the debut EP for his band ‘Steer Clear’ which will be released early 2017.
Justin K Broadrick
Grindcore, Heavy, Brutal, Electronica
Working in collaboration with Rowen Coleing in Hodge Hill district, renowned Birmingham composer, singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer Justin K Broadrick will be working with us as the named composer to musically reflect the district of Hodge Hill. Justin was selected by our artistic partners Access to Music.
Justin has forged a long career exploring grindcore, industrial and electronic soundscapes with bands such as Napalm Death, Godflesh, Jesu (band), Final and JK Flesh. Many of these internationally renowned and influential projects were actually initiated right here in Birmingham. Justin has also maintained a parallel career as a producer, creating records and remixes for groups such as Pantera, Killing Joke, Mogwai and Pelican, to name just a few.
“Access to Music is extremely excited to be involved in the for-Wards project and hope to inspire our students as they witness a two year expression of our great city through music. We are honoured to be working with Justin K Broadrick who has such a notably wide and diverse background in music composition and production.”
Toby Smith – Access to Music
Working in Edgbaston district and selected by our artistic partner mac arts, Pram (known for their use of unusual sounds including the incorporation of Theremin, toy instruments, other-worldly samples and analogue electronics), are the first to join this ambitious project.
They will be working with the Edgbaston district areas to create a piece of music reflective of the local community.