Cook Up Something Musical with our Original Dishes Commission

Here at The Drum we’re always looking for ways to encourage new local talent, and as part of this year’s Simmer Down Festival, we’re offering a unique opportunity to an emerging, young composer in the West Midlands.

The Original Dishes Commission is the chance to produce a commissioned piece of original music that will open Simmer Down Festival 2014 on Sun 20 July, and mark the 20th Anniversary of The Drum Arts Centre.

Simmer Down is one of the fastest growing festivals in the UK with an anticipated audience of 10,000 in 2014. It is a unique, intercultural festival celebrating Birmingham’s cultural landscape with a programme including Reggae, Hip Hop, Bhangra, Qawwali, African, European, Kurdish and Much more.

The Commission

The proposed piece should represent and celebrate the intercultural nature of Birmingham and its rich creative mix. This fantastic opportunity provides:

• £1500 inclusive fee (composition, performers/musicians materials etc)
• Rehearsal and staging costs.

It will be the responsibility of the commissioned composer to manage this budget, contracting performers, musicians, collaborators and additional equipment if required. Rehearsal space can be provided at The Drum at no additional cost.

• The commission should be between 10 – 15 minutes in length and feature a minimum of 3 performers.
• Ready to stage at Simmer Down Festival on Sun 20 July.
• The commission is open to any young musician or collaborators age 18 – 25 who are resident in the West Midlands (Please Note: it’s not necessary that performers should meet this criteria).
• The piece can involve collaborations with other art forms (dance, film, poetry, etc.).

How to apply

Closing date for applications is Sat 24 May. To apply, please return a Completed Application and Proposal of no more than 500 words to:

Vanessa Ryan-Smith, Programming Assistant at V.RyanSmith@the-drum.org.uk

If you have any questions regarding the commission please contact:
Martin Cox, Programme & Arts Manager on 0121 333 2425 or M.Cox@the-drum.org.uk

20 Years of Amazing Music – ADF 20! Celebrates Asian Dub Foundation

The Drum and Shaanti’s Eastern Electronic Festival invite you to join us on a photographic journey celebrating 20 years of music from one of the UK’s most diverse and influential groups, Asian Dub Foundation, in ADF 20!, launching Mon 12 May at 6pm. It’s free, so come along and enjoy!

ADF 20! is a photographic exhibition that celebrate 20 years of the multi award winning band Asian Dub Foundation (ADF), featuring iconic images of the group taken by photographer Coco Edwards.

Edwards’ photographs capture the very essence and personality of ADF both on and off stage. From the electrifying on-stage antics of Steve Chandra Savale (Chandrasonic) thrashing wildly at his guitar and Pandit J playing bass and tabla, to Dr Das mixing in the studio with Bengali rapper Deeder Zaman (Master D), and Decknologist Sanjay Tailor (Sun-J) selecting tracks on stage.

The collection also features exclusive behind-the-scenes images of ADF’s prominent campaigning, including the release from prison of Asian warehouse worker Satpal Ram, who was incarcerated in 1987 for the killing of a white man in self-defence.

This is a unique, personal and insightful look into the legacy of a truly eclectic band. For music and photography fans alike, this is not to be missed!

To find our more, visit www.the-drum.org.uk, or call Box Office on 0121 333 2444