A Distant Echo – performance

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A Distant Echo – performance
Leeds Library, April 2014
Jatiwangi Art Factory, August 2017
UK/ID Festival 2017, Oct 2017

A Distant Echo is a feature film project directed by George Clark. The project was developed over several years through a series of collaborations and performances. The project was developed with composer Tom Challenger and the Colne Valley Male Voice Choir.

We held the first performance of the project as a work-in-progress in the Leeds Library in April 2014 with members of Colne Valley Male Voice and live score mixed by Tom Challenger. The performance was central to the films production, scenes where filmed in the Leeds Library during this time drawing on their important collection of travel books and we did the final sound recordings with the choir members.

Following the completion of the film and after its festival premiere in November 2016, I returned to the project in August 2017 to create a new performance with the Jatiwangi Art Factory and members of the band Hanyaterra. To realise this new version we worked with members of JaF to create a new musical response to the film, mixing sounds from the original with new music performed by Hanyaterra. This new version stands not as a live score but exists in dialogue with the original music as it is reconfigured for context on Jatiwangi. Bunga Saigan translated the script into Bahasa and all voice parts were performed live my members of JaF.

Project development:

CVMVC recording session Huddersfield August 2013

Colne Valley Male Voice Choir, recording session, Huddersfield
Colne Valley Male Voice Choir, recording session, Huddersfield

Leeds Library performance, 24 April 2014

A Distant Echo, work-in-progress performance, 24 April 2014

Performers: John Clark, Brian Hibbert, Michael Parkinson, John Smith
Music by Tom Challenger
Conducted by George Clark

Jatiwangi Art Factory performance, 6 August 2017

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A Distant Echo, performance, Jatiwangi Art Factory, 6 August 2017
A Distant Echo, performance, Jatiwangi Art Factory, 6 August 2017

Music by Hanyaterra (Tedi En, Agung Fauzan, and Ahmad Thian Vultan, Kiki Permana)
Voice performers: Ismal Muntaha, Bunga Siagian, Tamyiz Noor Ramadhan, Rizal Nugraha, Yuli, Mussolini Ahmadinejad
Voice performers: Ismal Muntaha, Bunga Siagian, Tamyiz Noor Ramadhan, Rizal Nugraha, Ahmad Naufal Ibrahim, Yuliati Shalihat, Ali Mulyawan
Conducted by George Clark

A Distant Echo with Hanyaterra, UK/ID Festival, 18 Oct 2017

A Distant Echo performance, with Hanyaterra, UKID Festival, Oct 2017, photo by Ika Yuliana 003

A Distant Echo performance, with Hanyaterra, UKID Festival, Oct 2017

A Distant Echo performance, with Hanyaterra, UKID Festival, Oct 2017 2

A Distant Echo with Hanyaterra, UK/ID Festival, 18 Oct 2017
A Distant Echo with Hanyaterra, UK/ID Festival, 18 Oct 2017

Music by Hanyaterra (Tedi En, Agung Fauzan, and Ahmad Thian Vultan, Kiki Permana)
Voice performers: Ismal Muntaha, Bunga Siagian, Tamyiz Noor Ramadhan, Rizal Nugraha, Yuliati Shalihat, Mussolini Ahmadinejad
Conducted by George Clark

Thanks Pandu Rahadian, Ika Yuliana Rusiadi and Alma Noxa for documentation of Indonesian performances.

Coverage of  A Distant Echo performance:

Hanyaterra: Ceramic Music and Endless Search (Indonesian)
https://www.vice.com/id_id/article/ne3zkx/hanyaterra-musik-genteng-dan-proses-pencarian-yang-tak-berkesudahan

Translating and transforming film through collective practice
https://www.britishcouncil.id/en/uk-indonesia-2016-18/stories/jatiwangi-george-clark

A Distant Echo was developed with support from  the Arts Council of England and PRS for Music Foundation. The performance in Leeds was made possible with support from Pavilion and  Leeds Inspired. The performance in Indonesia where supported by British Council and UK/ID Festival.