Young Producers is back! Don’t miss ‘Spirit of Utopia’ performance on 21st November

We’re delighted to introduce our 3 new Young Producers: Lucine, Jahanzeb and Montell. For the last few weeks they have been working together to decide on their induvial roles and the theme for their gig, which will feature other young people who, like them, have previously taken part on Making Tracks.

Lucine is taking the lead on Operations, Jahanzeb will be masterminding Communications and Montell will be the Artistic Director. Together they agreed on the theme of ‘utopia’ for the performance and decided on the title Spirit of Utopia.

Join us on Thursday 21st November at The Old Church, Stoke Newington, London:

Spirit of Utopia

Spirit of Utopia is a free event, but please book as space in the venue is limited – register here.

The Old Church is one of the most interesting arts venues in London – the capital’s only surviving Elizabethan church!

The Young Producers visited the space earlier in the week so they could begin to plan how to decorate it and stage the performance. They have some great ideas to make it special and bring the theme of Utopia alive.

Montell’s reflection: 

“I feel that today was really good because we got to see one of the oldest standing churches in England and got to see the cool and exciting design and building.  We also had a nice talk about classical music with the Southbank Centre. Plus, at the church I got to play the organ.”  

Lucine’s reflection:

“After visiting the venue we had more scope to work with!  I felt I was better able to chair our discussion, keep things on track and listen to everyone’s ideas. We seem to have a finalised concept and contingency.  I feel more prepared and ready to begin putting things together.  The venue manager was super helpful, he answered all our questions well and offered some great décor.” 

Jahanzeb’s reflection (audio clip below): 

 

Young Producers is supported by The London Community Foundation ‘ESDF Saving London Lives’

Making radio

The Undisputed – album and video

We’re proud to present the album ‘Journey’ – created by a group of young people from East London who formed band ‘The Undisputed’ on Making Tracks this summer. The project was run in partnership with The Prince’s Trust Get Started.

As well as producing the original music, they created their own radio shows, ‘Jazzy K’ and ‘SKJK’, which are included at the end of the playlist.

They also worked with Mediorite to create this vibrant video for their track ‘Melodic in the Mist’ – featuring Jahanzeb, Kye and Jazz, edited by Jahanzeb.

 

New release day! Making Tracks in Newham

Drum roll please… the latest album made by young people in Newham on the Making Tracks programme is ready for your listening pleasure!!

For this project there were two groups, which formed the bands ‘Golden Jets’ and ‘Drillers’.

As well as creating, performing & recording original tracks, each group produced their own radio shows, which are included on the playlist below.

This project was supported by National Foundation for Youth Music, Charles Haywood Foundation and Newham YOT.

 

Making radio

Presenting ‘Best of Me’ by The Late 8ights

We’re excited to present the latest album made by young people on Making Tracks; listen below to ‘Best of Me’ by The Late 8ights – a new band formed on a project in June in partnership with The Prince’s Trust Get Started at their Morgan Stanley Centre in Poplar.

As well as writing some brilliant original music together – they spent a day learning about how to create their own radio show! They called the station ‘Woody Radio’ and the show ‘The Tea’ – it’s track 5 below.

Making Tracks in Newham

We’re very excited to be back in Newham, East London, this week, working with a group of young people towards their first live performance as a new band on Thursday!

 

RSVP to projects@irenetaylortrust.com to attend.

YOUNG PRODUCERS: PARADOX & NIROBI 2

Young Producers is a new project for young people who have taken part in Making Tracks, supported by the Arts Patron Trust. Nirobi and Paradox are collaborating to put on a gig involving other young people and will be blogging about the process.

Sign up to attend their event ‘Voices of a Generation’ at the Lighthouse, Shoreditch, on Wednesday 25th July here.  

Paradox: For session 2 of Young Producers project, we went to a show at the Roundhouse with different performers and it was an hour long. The way it was set up was different, with white pillows on the ground, sat on the ground watching.  There were performers performing spoken word as the whole show was a spoken word piece about a part of a person’s story. At the start the performers would have a little interview, there was audio of an interview, and then they would perform a piece. It was immersive, and they put music behind their poetry. Some of it was interesting …

It made me think I don’t want too much spoken work in our event because it’s not for all the audience – some were engaged, and some weren’t. It was different, I have never been to a show like that before – it felt very abstract as there were dancers as well. A female dancer performed, and I didn’t know if she was part of the performance or not.

If I could take one thing away from the performance, it would be collaboration.

Nirobi: They put pillows on the floor, made it very intimate – the lights weren’t very bright, you could just see a silhouette of the performer, almost like a projection of them. Then they would say someone’s name with the projection and a little audio after that. Behind each piece there was a backing track, so it would be like they’re doing a spoken word piece over an instrumental.

There was one piece by Caleb, who was quite political, and he was talking about religion. I thought it was quite cool the way he expressed his opinion. I liked the fact they used the audio because it gave it a different feel, as otherwise it would have been quiet and you’re just sitting there.

If I could take one thing away from the performance for ours, it would be the audio. Before people perform, there was this interview of their part of them they feared most, and then afterwards they would go into their poem.

Sign up to attend their event ‘Voices of a Generation’ at the Lighthouse, Shoreditch, on Wednesday 25th July here.