A long-awaited music event is debuting at the New Adelphi Theatre that combines music and animation
Songs I Want to Play have been posting videos of their virtuoso studio sessions since March 2020, receiving over one million views, and now they are taking too the stage in a live show.
The 12-piece band is made up of lecturers from the university and features special guests like The Voice finalist, Meg Birch and Mercury Prize nominee Jake Woodward.
The band will be supported by Honey Bee Jazz, an act which includes 2022 graduates from the BA Popular Music and Recording Programme.
The show combines animation and music, to cover legendary pieces from Stevie Wonder, Steely Dan, Prince, to Toto, Michael McDonald, and even Mancunian band, Simply Red.
Paul Robinson, lecturer in music, has been overseeing the project said: “I’m absolutely delighted to present and be a part of Songs I Want to Play -Live.
“It has been a joy working with such talented musicians and artists over the last three years on this project.
“The fact it was born out of unprecedentedly hard times for musicians, makes the culmination of all this hard work in bringing everyone together for a live show all the more enjoyable and poignant."
The project has been built on an already established artistic model which involves the re-arrangement and re-imagination of classic songs with added visual arts.
Adelina Court, lecturer in design and animation director for the show described the show as: “As an animator and director, my work has been exclusively produced for broadcast and screen so far.
“The opportunity to collate all my visual work from the project’s lifetime and bringing the students and graduates on board to make it even better for the stage is a great experience.
“Every single one of our video releases so far has been produced with digital audiences in mind, and the challenge of reworking these animations for a live setting with the help of Salford talent is exciting.”
The project is partly supported by the Student Hardship Recovery, a fund entirely fed by donors to the University.
The fund aims to return live collaboration with industry and partners through projects which excite and inspire by lifting students’ esteem after a long period of stagnation due to Covid-19.
The concert will take place on Friday 4 November and Saturday 5 November at 7.00pm at the New Adelphi Theatre.
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