ABOUT THE PROJECT
Standing 100ft high, the 18th Century Red House ‘Glass Cone’ chimney in Wordsley is the last of its kind in Europe. Taking place within its cathedral-like interior, multi award-winning singer, composer and sound artist Andy Garbi will be staging a site-specific audiovisual event that celebrates and explores the nature of glass.
Designed to react with the unique acoustics of this amazing structure, VITRESCENCE is part installation, part performance: “It’s all about listening to the building – to encourage this there is not one focal point for attention, no separation between the audience and live action. The entire cone will become a stage ‘in the round’ immersing the audience in a composed soundscape through a state-of-the art 7:1 surround sound system whilst a choir and instrumentalists promenade in and out of those experiencing the event”.
VITRESCENCE will feature musicians playing glass instruments, some of which will be made live at the event by a team of glass-blowers. Garbi has collaborated with glass artist Charlotte Hughes-Martin and Brierly-Hill based engineer Steve Snaith to create hybrid post-horns that incorporate a modified glass-blowing iron with a glass trumpet bell that produce a wonderful haunting sound. Brass players from across the West Midlands have come forward to play them at the event. Charlotte has also produced sculptural instruments that will also make an appearance.
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