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Contra Band by Leah Lovett Photo: Nina Pope

Contra Band

I had the pleasure of hosting the first night of our new Live Art Commission for the Floating Cinema on Saturday - Contra Band by Leah Lovett. Having produced quite a few pieces of work ourselves over the years which use mobile streaming/communication/live performance Karen and I certainly know the pit falls of this kind of work! I can't say that Contra Band was with out all the regular hitches and glitches that this brings but what it really reminded me, is of the surprise and at times quite intimate joy, working with live remote performance can bring.

This piece is essentially a live music set performed from two venues - one on the boat and one at Casa 24 in Rio. The two musicians alternate singing banned songs from each country while the other tries to accompany them via the live stream. It all makes for a funny, quirky but at times also moving performance. Aside from the music some of the incidental moments that occurred on the move were lovely - a woman in a dog costume dancing in Brazil and a group of small children running alongside us by the canal in Hackney Wick - a sunny evening and some great songs. With Ian Dury and Gilberto Gil in the same set, what's not to like? See it at the next venue at the end of July when we'll be in Central London.

Many thanks to Leah and Sandy as her 'stand in', the musicians Nick Underwood and Raphael Dos Santos and to Philipe Espindola at CASA 24 and LADA for helping us to commission the work.

Umit in the house!

A wonderful evening on board the floating cinema tonight with Liam Saint-Pierre & local Hackney Legend Umit (of Clapton's Umit & Sons) - a wonderful new documentary, some great anecdotes and if course some 'real' film ... All to a packed house.

Tired but happy!

Karen, Kirsten and I enjoying some social time at Kettles Yard at the end of the epic last week of cobbing in North West Cambridge - as you can see Kirsten certainly has a tan to prove her commitment to the cause!
It was great to enjoy a small celebration on site at the end of Saturday with some cobbers from across the project returning - I think Al & Cindy's cakes were as much of a lure as seeing the model itself.
Thanks also to Nathan Burr for being our intern for the last week and this nice picture.

Next Cambridge stop for us will be our own show opening here at Kettles Yard in September - onwards and upwards ...

Tomorrow, Today - The last day ...

Of course an amazing cake to celebrate - Al & Cindy have done us proud!

End of Day 27 of Tomorrow, Today