Thanks to all the players, collaborators, audience members and supporters who helped us to have a sold-out Fringe show! Every show was uniquely exciting due to our amazing cast of collaborators in the form of S!nk, Brave Little Note, Kathryn Joseph and Dawanggang. What a lineup! We have been absolutely spoiled in terms of creativity and inspiration. And to have been made so very welcome as part of the Pianodrome family meant we felt totally at home at the world’s only venue made entirely from Pianos. We’re relieved to hear that their hard work is being recognised in the form of many awards. This has been another massive step in the development of Tinderbox with many of our long term supporters saying that they’ve never heard us sound (and look!) so good. Finishing it all off with the release of our new single ‘Talking About Birds‘ was the icing on the cake. (thanks to Chris Scott for the image and Lorna Simpson for the vid)
“And so we’ve reached the end of Tinderbox Sparks for this year. It’s been a group who have lived up to the name. Full of ideas and creativity. Wild improvisations and a very unusual group composition about a flying pig who saves us all. Check out this video of the ensemble playing ‘Rather Be’.” – Jed (Tinderbox Manager)
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).
A new challenge for some of the Tinderbox Orchestra. Rise Kagona, a founding member of Zimbabwe’s Bhundu Boys, dropped us straight into Misodzi Pamatama (“Tears On My Cheeks”) for his workshop with us. Thanks to Multi-Culti and the Womad Foundation for making it happen.
It was a fantastic first Tuesday Hub of the year for Tinderbox at North Edinburgh Arts tonight. An age range of 4 to 25! So much talent and enthusiasm. Great to see everyone sharing the good vibes. Looking forward to the whole term, especially our gig at Central Hall for ‘All Wrapped Up’ on 13th December, raising funds for Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity. Bring it on!
Very excited to be seated in luxury at the Odeon Lux in Wester Hailes to see some films from the talented young people of Wester Hailes Education Centre and Screen Education Edinburgh. Can’t wait to see the film that the Tinderbox IO re-scored ‘Changing Perspectives’ on the big screen. Great to see all the hard work having a legacy.
Here’s the film again:
We’ve had a wonderful time making music with our friends at Big Noise Douglas. Together we’re learning about improvisation and game music, and will be playing a collaborative concert as part of NEON festival on the 8th November (more info here).
Check out this video from one of our workshops in Dundee!
Wow. We wrote 45 minutes of original film music and performed it live to screen, at the Edinburgh International Film Festival!
Check out highlights from the performance!
What a special project and amazing space the Pianodrome is – an incredible world first amphitheatre, designed, created and hosted by the amazing multi-instrumentalist ensemble Sink, and installed at the Royal Botanics over the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August 2018.
Tinderbox had the pleasure of filling this piano bubble with amazing sounds for one day & night, where we played a couple of our album favourites, some new tunes, and joined Sink to perform a special collaboration of their tune ‘The Knife’.
Check out videos from our performance here!
The Knife / Sink arr. Tinderbox & Ros Sharp
Travelling On / Tinderbox & Lydia Bennett
Captain Beefheart / Richard Worth arr. Tinderbox
It’s that time of year again. The leaves are turning, the nights are drawing in. What better place to keep warm than the Tinderbox Tuesday Night Hub at North Edinburgh Arts from 6 till 8 every Tuesday from 23rd October until 18th December. Here’s our seasonal vid to get you in the mood..
It was a unique experience all round when 6 of the Tinderbox Collective went to play at Seamab School last week.
Seamab is a residential primary school for children who have suffered trauma and loss. The beautiful rural setting and incredible staff team make it an incredibly healing place to be for everyone involved, but it can be difficult to offer some experiences to the children.
This was the first time many of the children had experienced a live band up close and the first time the band had been to Seamab, so we were all pretty blown away.
The most amazing thing has been that some of the young people who are now making the trip to Edinburgh on a Tuesday evening to join in our Hub at North Edinburgh arts were able to see some of the tutors they know so well from the Hub letting their hair down and jamming in the band.
More of this ahead we hope!
The Pianodrome is a beautiful creation. The band ‘Sink’ and their extended community of volunteers have put blood sweat and tears into making a nest for sharing creativity and inspiration with the rest of us. What a joy it was to collaborate with them on one of their pieces ‘The Knife’. Hopefully there will be plenty more of this to come!
Our Intermediate Orchestra did an inspirational job in creating a new score for this brilliant film made by the young people of WHEC with Screen Education Edinburgh.
The course was for young people aged 10 – 18 who can play 5 notes or more on a musical instrument. None of the young people had done anything like this before and most have never written any music before.
We spent 10 weeks using our natural powers of improvisation and creativity to develop new scores for two films led by the musical Jedi, Mike Kearney.
All of the musical ideas came from participants and the course culminated with us making a live recording of the soundtracks which you can hear below.
Here’s the audio from our second film ‘Summer In Scotland’ from the Scottish Film Archive. We don’t have permission to share the film here, only the audio.
It’s been another fantastic year for the Tinderbox Tuesday Hub. Great shot here of everyone practising ‘Roar’ by Katy Perry ready for our end of term gig on Tuesday 26th. It’s going to be a great night! Get your tickets here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/tinderbox-collective-end-of-term-concert-tickets-46764584130.
Great to chat with Michael Cunningham, Curriculum Leader of Expressive Arts at Craigroyston Community High School, about our partnership.