With / Together & Gift – AcouChristo
Presented by Chris Young
Friday 27th and Saturday 28th May 2011
Chris Young is a Sound Artist and Musician working with found sounds and vocals. He has written a piece about community, money and creativity to be performed at the current Canolfan Porthceri Centre. The work formed part of his final year Masters project. In his own words…
“Barry Town has a population of some 50,000. All of these people are capable of being creative. It costs nothing to think of an amazing idea for a musical or visual art piece, or for a film. It does, however, cost for he materials to make the ideas reality.
If the 50,000 people of Barry had a home for creative ideas to be shared, then they could have a wonderful creative community of teachers, writers, poets, performers, musicians, film makers and more. They would work together to help bring personal creations and aspirations to fruition whilst inspiring others to do the same.
This is the vision for Canolfan Porthceri.
The piece takes its title from the bases that form the English word “community” – “cum” meaning “together or with”, plus “munus” meaning “gift”.
A familiar sound in the centre is that of footsteps on the wooden floor. These will form the foundation for the rhythmic and vocal sections. The footsteps represent the people coming together in community.
Sounds of money will power the piece in its mid section, symbolising the dependency on money and how this has come to inhibit people in living their lives. Through this comes the sound of the human voice. Something free to use and yet one of the most beautiful and versatile of instruments. The voice is ever changing and unchanging in the world.
This piece is about the strength of the person and people over the power of money.
Enjoy the performance and please give generously to the Canolfan.”
The performance was free, with the request for a small donation to support the Porthceri Centre, and refreshments and chat were available after the performance.
And the performance? Strangely beautiful music – so much so that someone passing the church on the way to a hostelry in High Street put his head round the door “to see where the beautiful music was coming from” – and stayed to listen.