Examine the diversity of sound in MELTWATER, a haunting 60-minute composition focusing on the melting of a polar ice cap.
MELTWATER is a music piece that uses the amazing diversity of sound created by ice sheets turning back into water; running streams, crashing ice and rain combine with evocative Indian vocals and instrumentation to create an impactful performance.
MELTWATER is framed by a backdrop of melting glaciers, filmed by Richard Sidey.
The performance is the culmination of Manasamitra’s ‘Terrarium’ project, which worked with local communities in the UK, India, Indonesia and Portugal to elicit personal narratives of the impact of flood and drought.
Composer and vocalist Supriya Nagarajan is joined for a post-show Q&A with Dr Natasha Barlow.
Dr Natasha Barlow is an Associate Professor of environmental and sea-level change at the University of Leeds, and is currently running a major European research project on sea-level change. She is leader of the international PALaeo SEA level and ice sheets (PALSEA) working group and her research has been included in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports.
- Supriya Nagarajan vocals
- Karin de Fleyt flute
- Lucy Nolan harp
- Simon Limbrick marimba
- Duncan Chapman electronics
- Supriya Nagarajan: Meltwater
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This event is a Relaxed Performance (RP).
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This event consists of 60 mins of performance followed by a 30-minute talk.
Dates & times
Approximate run time: 1 hour 30 mins.
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