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Byron Wallen 

Renowned jazz composer and bandleader Byron Wallen talks about the Hurricane Bells, a collaborative project with artist Peter Shenai. The bells are modelled on the structure of Hurricane Katrina; hung in a line and struck in order, these cyclonic, irregularly-shaped instruments produce descending tones, indicating the growing power of the storm as it headed across the Gulf of Mexico towards land. The exhibition builds on a visit to New Orleans and features audio material from Hurricane Katrina survivors. 

Byron Wallen is building on these ideas to write an extended piece for the bells. Wallen's career began as a trumpeter for legendary artists including George Benson, Chaka Khan, and Courtney Pine. He has since released innovative jazz albums such as 2007's Meeting Grounds and 2003's Indigo. He is also an eclectic musical expert and instrument collector, working closely with Balinese musicians and engaging with music traditions from across Africa.

Tuesday, 11 February, 2020 - 14:00 to 15:55
Event location: 
Recital Room, Faculty of Music