Event information shown below describing the interactive show that took place at The Grand 5th May 2012 - images provided by Mr Pete Monk for the image gallery.




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Playing a Story - An Improvisation Workshop

Chris Bridges & The Living Story Music Ensemble

In this workshop we will explore different ways of playing music to accompany stories. Using an adaptable narrative we will create a score to find different textures and moods, with different combinations of instruments, and the opportunity to explore solos and duets. This workshop is open to musicians of all ages and abilities. Bring your own instrument (an electric piano will be available).


Living Story Music Ensemble the Smartest Giant in Town

Smartest Giant in Town

The Smartest Giant in Town is a story by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Axel Scheffler and bringing to life various animal characters who are touched by the kindness of George, the giant.


Chris Bridges has used the story as a basis for a jazz suite: following an overture, the story unfolds and each instrument takes on one of the characters, playing their theme and expanding it in a solo feature. Mary provides the narration throughout, whilst adding her personal singing style.


One of Chris' inspirations was The Adventures of Greggery Peccary by Frank Zappa; for this event, expect similarly delightful, jaunty tunes with lively jazz, rock and avant-garde rhythms and improvisations to accompany the narrated story, which will appeal to children and grown-ups alike.


Chris Bridges – trombone, Mary Oliver – voice, narration, Steve Chadwick – trumpet, Andy Morel – tenor & baritone saxophone, Keith Phillips – guitar, Dave Tompkins – double bass, Dave Walsh – drums




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