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It started in January – Ffynnon received an invitation to perform at the Cambio S Festival in Belo Horizonte, Brasil. The invitation came from Tessa Burwood of Professional Incredibles and Espirito Brum. We met Tessa a couple of years ago when we performed at the Wadebridge Festival in Cornwall. She interviewed us for her internet radio station, Rhubarb Radio and regularly played our music. It was heard in Brasil by jazz pianist and cultural activist Gilberto Mauro and he liked the music. Since then, Gilberto and Tessa have established the Cambio S Festival in Belo Horizonte in the State of Minas Gerais. Incidentally there is an historic link between Cornwall and Minas Gerais, Cornish miners went from the mid 19th century to work in the mining industry in Brasil, the name of the State means General Mines in English.

We were privileged to share the Cambio S stage with jazz saxophonist Mike Fletcher, Tabla player Mendi Singh, guitarist (and Llanelli boy!) Ellis Davis, sean nos singer and flute player Rioghnach Connolly, percussionist Aishá Lourenço and guitarist Wanderson Lopez

Rehearsal
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Aishá Lourenço

 

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Fresh pineapples

So we performed in Brasil and then, a short while later, two of the musicians we met there, Wanderson and Mendi, came to perform in Lampeter.

Soon afterwards Eva Skalla of Global Connections invited Lynne to sing at The Sharq Taronalari International Music Festival which takes place every two years in the UNESCO designated Registan Square, in the centre of Samarkand, Uzbekistan. It is the largest international music festival in Asia and one of the most impressive locations for a festival anywhere in the world. Sharq Taronalari means Melodies of the Orient in English. Musicians travel from far and wide to perform there, from Iran to China, Ukraine to Mongolia, there were singers from America, Armenia and Azerbaijan. Lynne sang with harpist Sioned Webb and fiddler Clara Clay, the trio went as Pentan. They met the Apache singer and storyteller Ken Duncan and heard the fabulous Astrogeorgia, the Georgian polyphonic singing group. There was Kelima with his sisters: The Takideda quartet, playing music on traditional instruments from Madagascar and fabulous Lanaya from Burkina Faso.

The square is bounded on three sides by mosques and madrassahs, each huge square frontage covered with beautiful multicoloured ceramic tiles in geometric mosaic patterns. Bright turquoise domes glitter in the sun under a cloudless blue sky and, as the music begins, the setting sun casts slanting warm light across the square, making the glittering ceramic fascias seem even more jewel like.

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Sioned Webb (harp), Lynne, Eva Skalla and Clara Clay (fiddle) with the
award for second place in the competition.

 

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Stacey has had an exciting and busy time too - she was one of three composers chosen to write new movements in between Rimsky Korsakov's Sheherezade for the National Dance Theatre of Wales - her music was performed by a choir of 180 and the wind section of the Welsh National Opera Orchestra. The wprk was premiered in St David's Hall.

Then she was nominated for a Paul Hamlyn Foundation Composer's Award and she has just been offered a Composer/Music Director and Performer's residency with Nofit State Circus in Cardiff.

Other commissions include work with Ty Cerdd as composer and performer on their Dylan Thomas Centenary project, working and composing with school children in Welsh and English in North and South Wales and the Sherman Theatre have asked her to be composer and performer in a new community arts work in 2014.

In March Lynne was invited to speak and sing at a seminar in Edinburgh called ‘A Place for Words’. With heritage interpreter Carolyn Lloyd Brown she presented The Princes of Gwynedd project which interprets the history and culture of the Princes through the poetry and music of the period. Lynne was contracted to produce music and audio clips of selected medieval poetry for a number of heritage centres. She worked with Dr. Ann Parry Owen, Arfon Gwilym, Twm Morus, Prof. Peredur Lynch, Dr.Peter Stacey, Sille Ilves, Stacey Blythe, Dylan Fowler and Gillian Stevens to record and present the music and poetry.

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August Ffynnon travelled Brittany where they performed at the Festivale Interceltique de Lorient. Back in Wales, Ffynnon performed at the Acoustic Meeting Ground in Pontardawe:

-and had a film session with Sharron Harris of Curious Ostrich:

Sept Marins from curious ostrich on Vimeo.

Autumn brought the much anticipated Hunting the Giant’s Daughter storytelling tour of SW England with storywalks:

The show was first commissioned by the ‘Beyond the Border International Storytelling Festival’, http://www.beyondtheborder.com/ Ffynnon collaborate with eminent storyteller Michael Harvey, all three artists are massively grateful to team Adverse Camber for organizing the wonderful 15-date tour, also to the people they met there for their generous welcome!

http://www.adversecamber.org/latest-news/walking-the-story

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The Hunting the Giant’s Daughter team

Ffynnon are in the studio over the winter recording music for the new CD. In the new year they will be collaborating with visual artist Maria Hayes to develop a dramatic storytelling performance involving live, digitally projected drawing and landscape film.The work is called Kymbri and re-tells stories of the Old North, the Heroic Age of the Ancient Britons.


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