Creative projects by Abigail Ward

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DM Lab music sessions at Z-arts

DM Lab supports the development of new accessible musical instruments for Disabled musicians. Drake Music holds meetings every month, led by musician Abigail Ward, at Levi’s Studios at Z-arts, Hulme, Manchester where disabled musicians, music technologists, coders and instrument-makers gather to discuss, develop projects, have a jam, and access the recording studios.

Meetings range from small informal gatherings where work is shared and developed, to larger presentation based events and everything in between. For further information please contact abigailward@drakemusic.org.

2020 dates:
Mon Jan 27
Mon Feb 24
Mon Mar 30
Mon April 27
Mon May 18
Mon June 29
Mon Jul 27

Mon Aug 24 (TBC)
Mon Sep 28 (TBC)
Mon Oct 26 (TBC)
Mon Nov 30 (TBC)
Mon Dec 14 (TBC)

Please note: Z-arts dates are cancelled due to Coronavirus.


Drake Music Lab North West: New Musical Frontiers

CALL OUT TO INNOVATIVE MUSICAL JEDI EVERYWHERE!

Over the last few months I’ve been involved in an exciting project for Drake Music that has focused on introducing members of the hacker/maker/coding community to disabled musicians.

Four teams, each made up of both musicians and makers, have been commissioned to design a prototype for a brand new musical instrument that overcomes a specific barrier experienced by disabled musicians.

We’re going to be showcasing these brilliant ideas at two FREE events at the International Anthony Burgess Centre on Sat April 29th and Sat May 27th respectively.

Both events will be presented by the wonderful Kris Halpin (Winter of ’82), who will be talking about his own journey as a disabled musician-technologist and demonstrating his amazing MiMu motion-tracking gloves (see video!)

Seeing Kris perform live with the gloves is an unmissable experience. Watching him conjure strings out of thin air and kick start a drum sound with a single gesture is – quite simply – magical.

DMLab North West Challenge – Development Launch
Meet our teams and hear about their ideas.

When? Sat 29th April 2017 – 2-3.30pm
Where? International Anthony Burgess Foundation, 3 Cambridge Street, Manchester, M1 5BY
How? Reserve your ticket via Eventbrite

DMLab North West Challenge – Final Showcase
The final showcase where the four finished designs will be unveiled and played live.

When? Sat 27th May 2017 – 2-3.30pm
Where? International Anthony Burgess Foundation, 3 Cambridge Street, Manchester, M1 5BY
How? Reserve your ticket via Eventbrite

More info here.

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