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Tara Franks

Tutor: Tara Franks

A cross-generational jam where together we devise a new piece of music from scratch using instruments you bring along, your voice and/or percussion. Come and have fun making music with musicians of all ages, experiences and abilities. Play and create music together. Get your dusty instruments back out of the case or use your voices in a new context!

Why not sign up in a pair: find a bigger or smaller friend or relative to bring along. Everyone welcome, age 8 upwards.

About the Tutor

Cellist Tara Franks specialises in collaborations that mix musical genres, disciplines and cross art forms. She loves to play, sing, collaboratively compose and improvise.

She performs regular with her contemporary trio Quest Ensemble, who have just released their debut album ‘Footfall’, and works on site-specific installations and sound commissions for dance and visual arts.

Other recent project include playing on the Brand New Ancients tour with Kate Tempest, working with Voice and Khyam Allami on a PRS funded commission by Marcus Davidson and working with solo artists including Shammi Pithia, Petra Jean-Phillipson and Ana Silvera.

Originally classically trained Tara studied cello performance at Leeds University under Anna Shuttleworth, she more recently received an MMus from the Guildhall School of Music and drama.

An important part of Tara’s work involves leading creative projects in collaborative composition/improvisation, percussion and vocal work with all ages. She has worked for organisations including Barbican, GSMD,Royal Opera House,  Aldeburgh Music, Kobe University, Japan, and co-founded an on-going song writing project/leadership programme in Mexico City.

She recently set up her own series of workshops SoundsCreative Projects that focus on collective music-making across all ages, and is currently working in Partnership with the Vortex Jazz Club and Music First (for whom she is a creative advisor/composer).

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