“Relive the undercurrents of early 80s London music scene,” says the publicity material. Leah Williams found out more about an evening of film and music entitled Walls Come Tumbling Down at Rich Mix, Thursday 16 January:
A collaboration between the London Short Film Festival and Trinity Laban Conservatoire will see Rich Mix in Shoreditch hosting a night of film and music. The music ensemble will be led by Mercury-nominated composer and trumpet player Laura Jurd.
“This is a really unique and fun gig to be involved in,” Laura explains. “It’s part of the ‘Trinity collab’ initiative, which sees students take part in collaborative projects, often alongside other creative outfits, like the London Short Film Festival.
“We’ve got an exciting mix of students playing with a few special guests, such as Elliot Galvin and Corrie Dick, joining them on stage. We’ll be playing a range of music from the rebellious, post-minimalist undercurrents of the late ‘70s and early ‘80s London scene, with pieces from collectives like The Lost Jockey and Soft Verdict. We’ll also be playing the well-known masterpiece Workers Union by Louis Andriessen. It’s such an incredible piece. It has an open score in which everyone plays in rhythmic unison throughout – making the orchestra sound like a drummer. Alongside these pieces of the era will be a piece of mine, Jumping In, which was written for a mixed 14 piece ensemble last year.”
In regard to the short film festival, there will be a backdrop of archive film footage of grassroots activism of the era playing throughout, creating a real audiovisual feast for the senses – not to be missed!