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
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
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.
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
Spoken Word and Piano for Meditation
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.
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