Bascule Chamber concerts, 2018

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25 May 2018

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We're launching an opportunity to perform at 2018's Bascule Chamber Concerts, happening inside Tower Bridge's cavernous bascule chamber during Totally Thames festival in September. We'd particularly like to showcase the work of Black, Asian & minority ethnic artists. This call is open to all artists regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, mental or physical disability.


We'd like to hear your ideas for creating and performing a new 4-6 minute work that responds to this atmospheric underground space inside Tower Bridge. This will be the closing music of all 14 concerts, performed from the floor of the Accumulator Chamber (pictured), with audience members looking down on the performance from a spiral staircase above.


This cylindrical space has a good natural acoustic. The performance will need to be self-contained - there will be no PA available, but performers can use their own portable amplifier if necessary. Due to the tight confines of the space, this opportunity suits music with no more than 1-2 performers.


We'll look more favourably on ideas responding to the Bascule Chamber space in some way, eg the surrounding water of the River Thames, bridges, subterranean spaces, etc.


We'd like to know more about your work, and what you would bring to these concerts by performing it live. Send us a video or audio recording describing who you are, what music you've been making, what your early ideas are for this call, and how they'll work live. This could be as simple as a video recorded on your phone. No more than 5 minutes long please.


Please also send us a link to a video or audio recording of your work.


Performers need to be available during the afternoon and evening of Thursday 20th September, evening of Friday 21st September, and all day on Saturday 22nd September and Sunday 23rd September. The all inclusive performance/commission fee is £1,250.


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The deadline is 5pm on Friday 25th May 2018. Successful entries will be chosen by 15th June 2018.


This call is being co-curated by composer and producer Iain Chambers, and DJs, presenters and writers Rita Ray and Max Reinhardt.


If you need any help with your application, or you have any questions about the call, just email us at basculechambers@gmail.com


Watch a video of 2015's Bascule Chamber Concerts here

Read an article about the concerts here


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