Refuelling: Ethics in cultural sponsorship

Originally posted at Musochat:

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Host: Kelly Lovelady (@KellyLovelady)

How do we perpetuate our projects in austerity conditions? Should we dull our originality and politics to attract commercial branding and government grants? Fossil fuel companies are buying into our performance venues to bury their social and environmental crimes. Can the uprising towards an oil-free cultural sector start with us: the artists?

I’ve called a session on refuelling- ideas of powering, nourishing, sustaining ourselves, our projects, audiences and comrades #Musochat
— Kelly Lovelady (@KellyLovelady) March 20, 2017

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On International Women’s Day – Meet Ruthless Jabiru

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Originally posted at Artisan Accounts:

Template.jpgAs part of our endeavor to support International Women’s Day we begged some of our most inspiring female clients to contribute a blog: here Kelly Lovelady from the inimitable Ruthless Jabiru explores change and power.

It is a truth universally acknowledged that ye olde worlde of conducting is overwhelmingly male. The pride and prejudice of the orchestral podium is, to collate the many confounded observations I’ve collected over the years, a beaming anomaly even to those with little or no concert-going experience.

Gender biases in so-called “classical” music are ultimately borne of a performance ritual which reveres and respects its own history so deeply that it continues to perpetuate the quirks of concert culture as it stood in its infancy almost 200 years ago.
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Ruthless Jabiru | Fuel

Originally posted at Hackney Showroom:

9 April |  Showroom Big Space  |  7pm  |  £16

Julia Wolfe Fuel
Michael Cryne Slipstream (World premiere)
Cat Hope Pure
Gloria Coates Lamentation: Homage to Supply Belcher (1750-1836) from Symphony No.14 “Symphony in Microtones
Osvaldo Golijov Last Round

Ruthless Jabiru joins forces with Art Not Oil in a major performance event calling for London’s cultural organisations to go fossil funds free. Devised and conducted by Kelly Lovelady, Ruthless Jabiru will perform an industrial meditation around fuel dependency and its ramifications for the soul of our world.

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Ruthless Jabiru to feature at Joy & Dissent

Originally posted at RelevantNow :

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London chamber orchestra Ruthless Jabiru will deliver the closing performance of Joy & Dissent: a festival of cultural Activism at Hackney Showroom from 27 March to 09 April 2017.

Ruthless Jabiru will join forces with Art Not Oil in a major performance event on 09 April calling for London’s artists and cultural organisations to aspire to an oil-free cultural sector by signing the fossil funds free commitment.

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Celebrity Soft Spot Kelly Lovelady

Originally posted at Noted:

Template.jpgKelly Lovelady is a Perth girl now based in London where she is founder and artistic director of the Australian orchestra Ruthless Jabiru. She drinks tea with Sir Colin Davis, conducts concerts for Greenpeace and lives in a house boat on a canal. This is someone you need to know about!

What music gets your heart racing?
I do a lot of different types of listening these days. Sometimes I’m listening to the musicians, sometimes the repertoire, the interpretation, the program, the chemistry, the venue, the sound of a composer, the sound of an instrument, the strength of a piece, the impact of a conductor, the list goes on. My ear responds differently to music I know well compared to something I’m hearing for the first time. I do get excited about discovering new composers and their music. At the moment I can’t get enough of Counterstream Radio which is the online Continue reading

Sculthorpe’s last ‘Postcards’ to get a hearing in London

Originally posted at Limelight Magazine:

Ex-pats Kelly Lovelady and Ruthless Jabiru plan to play one of the composer’s final commissions.

It’s just over a year since the passing of Australian composer Peter Sculthorpe, yet it seems that the man whose music inspired so many still has a few surprises up his sleeve. Aussie conductor and founder of the ex-pat ensemble Ruthless Jabiru, Kelly Lovelady, commissioned Sculthorpe back in 2012 and, although the work was never completed, she now hopes to raise the funds to allow what did make it to the page to be heard.

“I can’t remember exactly how my friendship with Peter started but I think I’d decided to write and say hello when I was performing some of his flute music in the 1990s,” says Lovelady. “I’d also read his book Sun Music around that time and his idea of the Pacific…

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Answers on a postcard

Last month the first anniversary of Peter Sculthorpe’s passing quietly slipped by. Some of you may remember back in 2012 when Peter accepted my commission to write a collection of miniatures for my chamber orchestra Ruthless Jabiru. Although Postcards from Jabiru was never completed, Peter’s sketches for the piece still leave us with something rich – his own impression of where we should go from here.

Peter spoke to me years ago of the gentle jabiru and its mesmeric leggy gait but through this project I think he wanted me to see the duality of Jabiru – as equally a pin in the map, a land, a people, a place from which postcards are sent – and a conversation starter about open pit uranium mining within Kakadu.

I often think we could do worse than to reconnect with some of our words. A wise friend taught me this year that the job of the humanities is to communicate the specific humanity of a place; to create the space of humility abandoned by politics and that true contextualisation is to find empathy with both sides. 

For me, a culture is a living cell we hothouse under the microscope. Currency is a tender of presentness. To play is to improvise on ritual. And cultural Activism is a creative genre: a projection, an alternative, an Active reimagining of a landscape to light a firecracker under its audience. My programmes are about exploring these stories, using the music of today’s composers to trigger the ideas, struggles and victories relevant to us here and now. Peter’s sketches leave us with glimpses of the truths of Jabiru’s land and life that he thought we should stand up and fight for. Recast from a bird’s eye view, trailing off into empty bars, the ear leads our imagination.

I’ve launched a crowdfunder to support a unique realisation of Postcards from Jabiru here in London in late 2015. My programme will reflect Sculthorpe’s palette and his quiet engagement as a cultural Activist in music of Kaija Saariaho, Liza Lim, Eugene Birman and John Luther Adams. I appeal to your generosity in bringing this project to fruition in Peter’s memory – no contribution too small!

Charlotte Church adds her voice to Arctic oil protest

Originally posted at The Guardian:

Singer will perform outside Shell’s headquarters in London to campaign against the company drilling for Arctic oil and to raise awareness of climate change.

She’s performed for the pope, the Queen and the former president of the United States, but next week Charlotte Church will turn her attention – and her voice – to the employees of the oil giant Shell.

On Wednesday the singer-songwriter and actor will sing a “heartbreaking” song alongside a requiem outside Shell headquarters in London, as its oil exploration vessels gear up to restart drilling for oil in the Arctic. She hopes it will highlight the oil firm’s “nonsensical and exploitative” billion dollar venture under the ice cap and persuade its employees to blow…

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