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Below is a selection of recent work. For current projects, please select from the Projects drop down menu, above.
Mardi Gras Edinburgh!
In February 2013, Oi Musica teamed up with Return to the Hearth to put on Edinburgh’s first New Orleans-inspired Mardi Gras. On a bitterly cold Sunday, when thousands in New Orleans were out in full costume enjoying the parades, hundreds in Edinburgh donned masks and costumes and second-lined across the Meadows to Summerhall. Here, in the Courtyard, a whole selection of groups Oi Musica has been working with in recent months performed to large audiences – ending with a 100-strong massed band finale, including 10 (ten) sousaphones – the most ever seen playing together in Scotland!
The evening progressed with a fantastic line-up of live music, street bands, dance, authentic New Orleans cuisine, dressing up, and general revelry…
Digital Music Making at 6VT (Edinburgh)
During Autumn 2012 and Spring 2013 Marcus teamed up with multi-instrumentalist, singer and producer Barney Strachan to run music making sessions at 6VT youth centre. They worked with small groups of young people, teaching them how to use samplers, drum machines, keyboards and guitars as well as working on songs and vocal technique and artwork for their CD. The course ended with a recording session at Verden Studios, where the young people learnt all about studio recording and went away with a finished CD each at the end.
Julie-Ann Trusler – ‘Being A Clown’ (mixed by Barney Strachan)
Shannon O’Neill – ‘Read All About It’ (by Emili Sande, mixed by Barney Strachan)
The Band @ Lochgelly Arts Centre (Fife)
With over 100 participants, The Band was a fantastic community project in Fife offering adults a first-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make music! Every Tuesday at the Lochgelly Arts Centre, citizens of Fife gathered to take part in samba drumming, brass, saxophone, guitar, keyboard, drum kit and choir activities.
The project attracted huge numbers of beginner musicians, and during the initial phase, Marcus worked with 15-20 beginner brass players each week, with tuition support from Pete Petrie (FYJO) and Rory Clark (Puff Uproar). After an exciting summer of outdoor performances, the autumn term focused on a collaboration between Fife Jazz Orchestra and The Band’s brass players, guitarists, keyboard players and singers – the results of which can heard below….
The Band, Lochgelly with Fife Jazz Orchestra – ‘It Don’t Mean a Thing…’
The Band, Lochgelly with The Edinburgh Samba School – Maracatu
Soundblast Sinfonia – (Reading)
In December 2011, Marcus led a weekend of coaching workshops for Berkshire’s newest street band, Soundblast Sinfonia, which emerged out of a taster weekend that Oi Musica ran in July 2010 at Sandhurst Festival. The workshop focused on developing the band’s sense of collective groove and general performance confidence,and we were able to try lots of new ideas and techniques during some Christmas busking slots on Reading High St over the weekend.
Carnival Summer School (Grantown-on-Spey)
As part of our ongoing work with the community in Grantown, Oi Musica ran a 5-day open-access Summer School in July 2010 and the following year, for young people in the town to get involved in putting on a street show. In 2011 we added break-dance to a programme which also featured drums, brass & woodwind, circus skills and carnival art. At the end of five intensive days the group put on a street show in the town square.
Scratch street band for Sandhurst Festival (Sandhurst, Berks)
In the summer of 2010, Oi Musica ran a weekend of brass and drum workshops for a mix of new players and more experienced musicians, culminating in a parade at Sandhurst Festival. The group warmed the crowd up before Orkestra del Sol too the stage. The participants have since set up their own group Soundblast Sinfonia. They rehearse weekly in the Bracknell/Wokingham area.
Balkan Brass master classes – National Street Band Gathering (Oxford)
Marcus ran Balkan Brass master classes at the UK’s first Street Band Gathering, which took place in May 2010 and was organised by Oxford Contemporary Music. Participants came from a number of street bands from across the UK including: Orkestra del Sol, Horndog Brass Band, Soundblast Sinfonia, The Horns of Plenty, The Peace Artistes, Frome Street Bandits, The Ambling Band, Blast Furness and Tongues of Fire. The clip below shows a rehearsal of Marcus’s original composition, ’3 Horse Race’, played by over 60 musicians…
Street Band Workshops – West Lothian Brass & Wind Ensemble (Bathgate Festival)
Building up to playing a support slot for Orkestra del Sol at the Bathgate Music festival, Oi Musica worked with around 20 members of West Lothian Brass and Wind Ensemble, leaving the music stands to one side and playing as a street band.
West Lothian Wind & Brass Ensemble – ‘Seven, Eight, Bathgate’
Puff Uproar & The Shimmering Sound Affair
Puff Uproar was founded by Oi Musica in 2008, when Falkirk Council and UZ Events approached Marcus to assemble a community street band to play at Big In Falkirk. Marcus and Oli ran open-access workshops for 10 weeks, working a wide range of participants, from instrumental players to people who’d never played music before. The group then played a series of gigs at the festival. The project was a huge success, bandleaders were nominated and Puff Uproar was born.
Puff Uproar and the Shimmering Sound Affair is now an independent 15-piece gigging band, led by accomplished musicians Suz Apelbe (drums) and Rory Clark (brass). They’ve performed at the Edinburgh Jazz Festival, Glasgow Merchant City Festival, T in the Park and Fusion Festival in Berlin. Oi Musica offer occasional mentoring and tuition support, including production and musical direction on their first EP (recorded at Castlesound Studios in March 2010).
Puff Uproar and the Shimmering Sound Affair – ‘Uproar in Moscow’
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