Last week we, and many schools and young people across Scotland, sang and played Somewhere Over the Rainbow in support of the NHS and all our amazing key workers! #wmmrainbow!
We are continuing to run a number of youth clubs, orchestra rehearsals and other creative workshops online. We’re doing our best to keep in touch with everyone and to keep our wonderful community of young people and musicians together at this challenging time.
Tinderbox Tuesday Hub Online: Our weekly music youth club, usually held at North Edinburgh Arts. We have been getting together every week to share solo performances, DJ, sing, dance and generally keep in touch and have some fun.
Tinderbox Orchestra Online Experiments: The Orchestra have been continuing to gather every Sunday afternoon and experiment with how to play / make music in big groups online – we hope to have something to show you soon!
Tinderbox Lab – Virtual Studio Wednesdays: A group of artists involved in the Tinderbox Lab have been gathering for skills-sharing sessions and to keep each other motivated and making new work.
Tinderbox Saturday Music School: A brand new project! – we are running online music lessons in small groups for a range of instruments, singing and song-writing.
Sounds & Sights of Isolation: A callout for creative responses to the current situation – poems, music, artwork, songs and other ideas. We are gathering these from people as individual expressions, and hope to make some collaborative artworks out of them.
Tinderbox ‘Hangouts’ & Skills-sharing sessions – Online sessions led by and organised for young people in Tinderbox. They have involved open-mics, musical editing and arrangement sessions, drawing sessions and Quiznights!
Online Gigs: We are looking to put a gig on soon with some of our collaborators and young musicians – stay tuned!
Guides & Resources
We have also put together a couple of guides & resources for others in case they might be useful:
- Guide to Online Music & Youth Work using Zoom
- Links to Financial Resources for Freelancers, artists/musicians and people on low income or out of work.
If you are interested in getting involved in any of the above please email email@example.com.
“Who knew that Teviot House’s Underground Bar was actually the perfect place for an interactive exhibition room in disguise as a nightclub?
On Saturday 22nd February 2020 Tinderbox Lab took over a cave of nooks and crannies and filled it with sonic spiderwebs, soft toys eerily reminiscent of grand pianos, orchestral illustrations and electronica trampolines. We had the most amazing time showing people around the space all day and it was so amazing and inspiring to see how inventive our guests (right down to the wee ones!) were with our pieces. It got everybody really excited to get back in the lab; playing, developing and experimenting some more!”
– Rhona, Room to Play & Tinderbox Lab artist
“It was such a great experience to be able to show work created at the Room To play for The Edinburgh Festival of Sound. It was a pleasure to see everyone enjoying all the installations while having so much fun! There was definitely no a quiet moment!”
Dominika Jackowska – Room to Play & Lab artist
Thanks again to The Edinburgh Festival of Sound for having us along to show our Room to Play creations off! We had to a lot of fun and were inspired by all the amazing installations and art in the exhibition!
Jed, Luci & Elek have been working alongside the young people at Howdenhall and getting creative is all sorts of ways!
Luci has been working with the ‘Springimajig’ (home made touch synthesizer). They are also building their own synths & designing their own platform game.
Jed has been helping them to compose a piece for the orchestra using the ‘Medley’ app. Pupils have also been producing their own tracks using the ‘Launchpad’ app – styles ranging from drum & bass to deep house.
Elek has been writing rap with them. Themes include: food, football, differences between Scotland & America and modern-day youth/gang culture. Next week they will unite music and lyrics & modify where necessary!
Thanks to Howdenhall staff who are always so welcoming & helpful, and the Howdenhall young people – creating a terrific variety of music & lyrics & expressing their individuality!
During the October break Jed, Sam, Niki, and Rob went along to play some tunes for the happy smiling faces at the multicultural family base autumn ceilidh. It was great to have such a decent turnout and possibly the youngest audience and most rounds of musical chairs, statues, and bumps that we’ve ever played for!
What a time we had at the EIFF and it’s mind-blowing that a whole year has passed since then – we thought we’d take proud little look at one of the brilliant films we composed music for and performed live to film at the festival.
Please enjoy our live score for Looking for Lucey🙂!
Huge thanks to Moving Image Archive, Edinburgh International Film Festival (Young & Wild), The University of Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, University of Edinburgh’s Centre for Research Collections and MSc Film, Exhibition & Curation students (2017-18).
“Friday was a truly inspiring evening to finish of our project with Sound Cycle at Mac Arts in Galashiels. Young Borders bands Three Out Of Four and Geckohead were absolutely fantastic. Both bands were totally professional, musically tight with huge stage presence. Tinderbox Orchestra played an absolute blinder and we all agreed that we can’t wait to play at Mac Arts again!
Thanks to everyone involved especially all the team at Mac Arts, Sound Cycle, Borders Young Creatives, Three Out Of Four, Geckohead, Bryan Jones on the sound and all the players in the Tinderbox Orchestra.” – Jed (Tinderbox Manager).
It was an inspirational rehearsal at the Jazz Bar on Sunday. We had collaborators in the form on the young and brilliant ’Three out of Four’ (pictured) from the Borders playing their song, Night to remember (https://youtu.be/GCuPp1a9oSA).
Also the exuberant and joyful ‘ACE Voices’ visiting from Aberdeen. And of course the sublime talent of Hailey Beavis. Things are really hotting up ready for the gig on 16th June at the Jazz Bar!
“If you haven’t made it to Mac art in Galashiels yet, then this Friday is the time to do it! The doors of this stunning converted church have been open each Wednesday night for the past 6 weeks to give a space for young people living across the Scottish Borders to come together and get creative.
James McIntosh of Sound Cycle, the Scottish Borders youth music forum, has hosted Niki , Rab and Jed from Tinderbox coming down to collaborate with the young people on writing arranging orchestrating and building up to performing some exciting new music ( as well as the challenge of seeing how many gig posters we can get up on route from Edinburgh to Galashiels!).
Niki has been heading up the project with her highlight being young composer and orchestrator Rab Taylor from Tinderbox collaborating with band 3 out of 4 to add the power of the Tinderbox Orchestra to a song they finished writing after week 1 of us all meeting. the track is called a night to remember and it definitely will be so hope to see you at Mac arts Friday 7th June from 7-10pm!”
-Niki (Tinderbox Tutor and Artist) .
“Exhibition, collaboration and improvisation filled the halls of Custom House for the Room to Play showcase. This year’s cohort displayed a series of innovative and interactive installations with typical Room to Play eclecticism! Visitor spent the morning and early afternoon engaging with the individual works. From Nick Harbourne’s sometimes delicate, sometimes booming, feedback system which mixed sculpture with sound-world; to Eve King and Rhona Sword’s interactive visuals and soundscape; and Dominika Jackowska’s Rorschach paintings-come-light filters which upon viewing magically altered the accompanying soundscape. Later, stuffed toys refitted with accelerometers that detect movement and playback sound- joyous and playful inventions that had entertained and engaged all ages, by Liam Dempsey- featured as solo instruments, played by the audience, in a collaborative performance with the Tinderbox Orchestra. The same treatment was given to the light controlled instrument by Catriona Smith, made out of a recycled harp frame. The artists did an amazing job engaging creatively with the technologies they had come across, often for the first time, in the Room to Play course. The results were a polished and professional showcase that offered something inspiring and playful to the people of Leith.” –Martin Disley, Room to Play Artist.