Street Music to reconnect you with the rocks beneath your feet
We’re counting down to Eyeview (Extra)ordinary (7-16 June) with another exclusive insider’s video interview, this time featuring Trio of Men’s Hugh Nankivell and Steve Sowden, alongside Hong Kong composer, performer and music activist Kung Chi Shing. Their collaborative project aims to break us all out of our robotic routines and reconnect with the surrounding 400 million year old UNESCO Global Geopark. Together they will host a free outdoor Street Music concert with musicians from the UK and Hong Kong in an evening of music on Friday 7 June at Eastern Esplanade, Paignton.
Why are you interested in outdoor performance?
“So I'm really interested in performance outdoors. I ran a choir for a term at Oldway Mansion and we just decided to meet outside every week for about ten weeks. And it was really interesting, because we were influenced by the lawn mowers and the birds and the traffic and the steam train whistle. And the gardeners and the people who came to play tennis and bowls; they were influenced by us, but actually it became much more symbiotic.” - Hugh Nankivell, composer, performer and a member of Trio of Men.
“There's always a connection between like music, art and nature. What can be a better place than this environment for doing music? I have probably done like three or four hundred outdoor concerts in Hong Kong… I would go to different parts of the city in Hong Kong and just organise those concerts. So you know in a way those concerts are very much community concerts… So I feel it's very important to think of the environment first before I put together the program because I want a strong connection between the performer, the music, the audience and the physical environment.” - Kung Chi Shing, Composer, Performer and Music Activist.
How is the UNESCO Global Geopark inspiring your work?
“We're quite unusual here in Torbay because we live in a Geopark and most of the Geoparks in the world are rural and remote, they're kind of mountains or they’re cliffs. A lot of Geoparks have visual arts as a kind of representation, but music and performance can explain geology in a much more effective way than paintings or photography.” - Hugh Nankivell, Composer, Performer and a member of Trio of Men.
“What I find about Torbay is this a town which is built on those like four hundred million year old rocks. So I find this very interesting. So in the past few days I've been thinking a lot about what's the connection between the human activities on the surface and what’s deep under.” - Kung Chi Shing, Composer, Performer and Music Activist.
What does Street Music mean to you?
“So when I was doing all this so-called Street Concert, it's not really in the middle of a busy street, it's very much much like somewhere in the middle of the city. I want to occupy a street corner and try to create something which doesn't happen every day. People can walk past an area every day, and that walking from one point to another one, can become very mechanical, but if I put something unexpected and they were starting to say ‘what is going on’, that interruption can heighten the person's awareness or sensitivity. Because I think that's the beauty about art, about music… how it can I trigger something inside so you see something different.” - Kung Chi Shing, Composer, Performer and Music Activist.
Can you tell us about Street Music at Eyeview (extra)ordinary on Friday 7 June?
“We're hoping as part of this to ask people to come and be involved, the idea of bringing a kind of noise and sound and expression to Paignton. That's one thing that's come up in our conversations with Kung, is like that desire to do something which stands outside the normal for what usually happens.” - Steve Sowden, Composer, Performer and a member of Trio of Men.
“That's one of the reasons I'm so interested in doing a concert in Torbay, because people can take things for granted easily. They will forget about how beautiful this environment is, they forget about how ancient the rock is. So I hope by creating some artistic activities that connect with people a little bit and to reconnect.” - Kung Chi Shing, Composer, Performer and Music Activist.
This performance is completely free, so come experience something new with people from the community, and reconnect to Torbay through music. Street Music | Trio of Men, Kung Chi Shing and guests is part of the 10-day Eyeview (extra)ordinary programme from the 7-16 June 2019. Free to visit. Everyone welcome. Street Music | Trio of Men, Kung Chi Shing and guests performance will take place on Friday 7 June, evening up to 10pm Eastern Esplanade, Paignton. No booking required. Performances are free. Bring your friends and family, the more the merrier! More info: https://eye-view.org.uk/extraordinary-events-listings/street-music