Jack Kent Cooke Scholars Host Music Festival in the UK, Sept 12-21

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Jack Kent Cooke Scholars Eugene Feygelson and Noam Faingold have teamed up to orchestrate a music festival in the UK called the i = u Festival.   The i = u Festival, which runs from September 12-21, celebrates improvisation in music, and improvisatory collaboration with dancers, actors, filmmakers and visual artists.  It’s being held at Yinka Shonibare’s Guest Projects, 1 Andrews Road, Hackney, London E8 1EU. All tickets are free, but booking is required.

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Eugene Feygelson (left) and Noam Faingold (right)

The festival has received media coverage and interest in the UK and the musical community at-large.

This is a grassroots project that features many innovative musicians including violist Max Baillie with Leafcutter John;  the Oxford Laptop Orchestra; cellist Ayanna Witter-Johnson; Austrian composer Thomas Eisl with multigenre violinist Phillip Granell; pianist Bobby Mitchell; violinist/singer-songwriter Eugene Feygelson; Quest Ensemble;  12 ensemble; composers Steve Potter, Federico Reuben, and Justin Christensen as the Whiggly Ensemble; composer/performers Jonathan Russell and Brian Mark; the Guildhall School’s David Dolan; and, Noam Faingold’s Burning City Orchestra.

Artist Michael Dylan Ferrara will be exhibiting a series of his 35mm multiple exposures that coordinate with the photos used on the i = u website. Through layering exposures as they’re being taken, i.e. 3 different exposures on the same negative, MDF manipulates light and space in an improvised manner. The result is a fusion of those exposures and unknown until the film is developed.

A video about the festival along with a calendar of events and how to stream events live are all available on the I = u website.  Follow i = u on Facebook and Twitter to stay updated on the latest events and other event news.

Congrats to the JKCF Scholars and their colleagues for a wonderfully creative project!  We are proud of you!