Internationally renowned beatboxer and sound artist Jason Singh arrives in Aldeburgh to perform his beautifully atmospheric live vocal score to John Grierson’s groundbreaking 1929 silent herring fishing film DRIFTERS shot in the rough and unforgiving waters off the Suffolk coast.
Complementing Jason’s atmospheric performance will be a rare big screen presentation of archive films charting the coastal erosion affecting Suffolk with a new live commissioned soundtrack by innovative East Anglian folk ensemble Dead Rat Orchestra. As “adventurers adrift in a sea of sound and possibility”, DRO bring their own innovative blend of folk and improvisation to create a new live soundtrack to archive films focusing on area around Aldeburgh. Don’t be misled by the name: Dead Rat Orchestra bring the films of Aldeburgh, Dunwich and Thorpeness from the East Anglian Film Archive alive.
This special event in the beautiful 98-year-old Aldeburgh Cinema is part of Jason’s tour to fishing ports from Scotland to Norfolk re-tracing the historic journey of boats, men and women pursuing the abundant herring shoals.
Aldeburgh Cinema is an historic arts venue at the heart of the community and inspired by its coastal location and Suffolk’s cultural landscape. It has been screening films continuously since 1919 when the auditorium was built onto the back of a 19th century High Street store. Never a “posh picture palace” the cinema has a glorious atmosphere – it breathes history and retains a number of original features, including beautiful art deco lights.
Snape Maltings is one of the world’s leading centres of music and a visitor destination of outstanding natural beauty. The creative campus is home to a year-round programme with a unique artistic model. Having grown out of the Aldeburgh Festival, it has realised founder Benjamin Britten’s vision for an international centre of music whose performance programme makes its mark on the world’s stage and which has artist development, learning and community inclusion as its creative engine.