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Latitude Festival

July 2018

Performing with Pianofield on the sunrise stage

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Jamming with a Tree in Brazil

Friday 6th Oct

Jerwood Kiln, Snape Maltings
Using computer vision software specially written for this event, we analysed the movements of a banana tree in San Paulo where the Flip Festival originated. This data was used to generate the soundscape which we then improvise to - live!

'A live performance of raw human emotions, electronic walls of sound, and delicate piano-led melody in which one of the musicians is a tree in Itaipava, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.' Read More

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Snape Maltings

Saturday 7th Oct

SOLAR POWERED GRAND PIANO INSTALLATION - 'TALKING TO REED BEDS'
The Marshes, Snape Maltings
We wrapped up warm for this one, and played my outdoor solar-powered grand piano (get your mind around it!). Matthew processed the sounds of the reeds, wind and weather.

'Intuitive inspiration meets technical wizardry as Pianofield give voice to the subtle and ineffable human relationship with the natural world--from earth, sea, sky, thunder, and rain to gravity and the movement of reeds and clouds. Read More

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Salon Du The

Sunday 23rd July @ButleyPriory

Together with the Aldeburgh Beach Arts Club, artist Caroline Reekie and I had an informal Salon du The

Caroline showed some of her new work, best selling author Meg Rosoff gave a reading and there was piano music by myself and by Lewis Barham.

Piano Day

March 26th 2017

An informal but fabulous afternoon, beginning with a short walk around the grounds punctuated by poetic musings amid wildflowers. After exploring the woods and its words, we headed for a surprise grand piano installation with guest artists performing to the wind and clouds, wood pigeons and our specially invited audience.

Photos and videos on www.facebook.com/francesshelley

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Piano Day Part II

March 26th 2017

Finally, we returned to the Great Hall at beautiful 14th century Butley Priory for tea, cake, and a grand finale performance from www.pianofield.com

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Spoken Word and Piano for Meditation

October 2015

Commissioned by Reverend Alexandra Wilson

Magic Myth & Music

Sunday October 18th 2015

Commissioned by the National Trust at Sutton Hoo - in connection with the Great British Walk

To start, a walk with novelist Pauline Moore on a journey through the mythic past of the Anglo-Saxons to Sutton Hoo's atmospheric barrows. Followed by a performance of improvised music in Mrs Pretty's house by Frances Shelley and Matthew Bickerton, in response to the dramatic landscape and Anglo Saxon legends.

Sea Trees Residency

August 2015

Commissioned by Aldeburgh Beach Lookout Tower, Suffolk, UK.
A 1-week summer residency, concluding in time for the Aldeburgh Festival; collaborating with Matthew Bickerton and Pauline Bickerton, improvisation works with daily live performance on the foreshore.

www.seatrees.uk

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Requiem for a Piano

Film maker Jason Gairn (photonimage.co.uk) and I spent a week living and making this film in the Lookout tower on Aldeburgh beach (aldeburghbeachlookout.com). Long obsessed with the idea of playing a piano on the beach, when I was offered the ‘Foreign Model’ (an 170 year old Chapels upright beyond repair and bound for the skip) I was decided. I took it down to the beach, recorded its last sounds and mixed this in with new music I composed from the tower. Everyone concerned (including the 4 lifeboatmen who carried the piano down to the beach) thought it would be submerged by the high tide. It seems we underestimated the power of our principal characters - the sea and the piano - who had other ideas.

So where is the Foreign Model now? living a life of adventure on the high seas? Get it touch if you have a sighting.

A new album The Sea Sessions, using the musical outtakes from the week is under way
francesshelley.com.