This Place (2018)
This Place is the result of the second collaboration between Jeremy Deller and the South-London based Melodians Steel Orchestra UK, following the video English Magic (2013), which was conceived as part of Deller’s exhibition for the British Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale.
Jeremy Deller (b.1966, UK) describes himself as a ‘self-taught conceptual artist’ who orchestrates and directs projects including processions, historical re-enactments, demonstrations, films and exhibitions. Much of his work is collaborative and participatory, and explores social and political issues as well as vernacular culture, while tracing new connections between disparate histories and communities.
The Melodians Steel Orchestra UK, founded by Terry Noel MBE JP in 1987, is based at the Henry Cavendish Primary School in Balham with a membership of 33 male and female Melodians. Previous performances have included the Commonwealth Day Service in Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace Garden parties in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen and other members of the Royal Family, as well as recently performing at the Isa Arfen catwalk show as part of London Fashion Week.
Originating in Trinidad, each instrument (steel pan) is made from a 45 gallon oil drum in a lengthy process that requires sinking, grooving, curling, ponging and tembering, before the final tuning. www.melodiansuk.co.uk
Performance: The Melodians Steel Orchestra UK
Musical arrangement: Tamla Batra
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