Whatever happens/ed on the 12 december we offer you this lovely Caetano Veloso song for the winter hols
What: A celebration of music by women
When: 7th and 9th of June 2018
Where: Bristol (Lantern) and Stroud (Goods Shed)
In association with Bath Film Festival and in promotion of the F-Rating – a rating awarded to films either directed or written by a woman – the orchestra played a pair of gigs, both at Colston Hall’s Lantern and in Stroud’s Goods Shed.
The music performed was written entirely by women and included works by Joni Mitchell, The Roches, Connie Converse, Ivor Cutler (close enough!), Beyonce, and P. J. Harvey. The orchestra was also joined by special guests Rita Lynch and Djanan Turnan performing arrangements of their own songs.
On 8 February 2018 we did Len again, this time to a sold-out Colston Lantern.
Our evening showcasing the songs of Leonard Cohen featured vocal guests including Jimmy Goodrich, Lady Nade, Billie Bottle, Nuala Honan and Emily Breeze.
Here’s our own Rich Green from the night…
…and Davide Ariasso…
dates – 30th July – 3rd Aug 2018
Fresh from a month traveling in India, the Fantasy Orchestra present a week of music workshops aimed at young people who play instruments and can read music to a basic standard.
The repertoire will bring together music from all over the world including African, Indian, Turkish, American and European pieces with an emphasis on different cultures.
The workshops take place Mon 30 July – Fri 3 August, 2-4pm
The cost will be £15 for the week or £3 per 2 hour session (with concessions available – please ask).
Fantasy Orchestra for a performance celebrating Rhythms Of The World. There will be a 2nd performance at The Colston Halls Hoo Haa event on Sat 18th August
hope to see you there, do pass the message on!
Jesse and all the Fantasy Orchestra team
We got up to a lot in the second half of 2017. Here are some of the things.
14 August: The kick-off of the 10th anniversary of Luke Jerram’s ‘Play Me I’m Yours’ public piano project, in the Galleries, Broadmead:
15-17 August: Kids’ workshops, Colston Hall, culminating in a concert in the main auditorium.
18-20 August: Green Man Festival. We played every day on the Solar Stage in Einstein’s Garden:
16 September: Priston Festival:
23 September: Plymouth Arts Fest
7 October: Colston Hall:
And a show in All Hallows, Easton in November, and a Christmas show or two, and so on…
To mark the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, we premiered a new set of arrangements of tunes from ’67, including music by the Velvet Underground, Buffalo Springfield, the Doors and The Association.
With the help of several friends from our Paris chapter, we took over Kings Weston House on 17 June for our big summer event, featuring oil projectors, floral outfits and several different mini-ensembles.
Besides our main outdoor set, there were plenty of mellow happenings within. It all came to a storming climax around midnight from prog rock maestros Asteroid Deluxe.
How’s your year gone so far? Go anywhere nice this summer? Right, we’ve got some catching up to do.
Our 2017 gigs started with ‘Love In Outer Space’ on 18 February at All Hallows Hall, Easton. We debuted some new arrangements of tunes by Sun Ra, the Velvet Underground and the Andrews Sisters. To prove that it happened, there’s a handy montage on YouTube:
Then, among a few smaller gigs, we sent our crack Morricone Squad to the Salt Café on 8 April to play an evening of lovely soundtrack music; and our Wedding Corps was dispatched to Glastonbury on 26 May to gild a knuptial knees-up with psuitable psychedelic psounds. Oh, and we helped someone special propose to another someone special in a flashmob sort of a thing at Café Kino.
If you were at the Folk House on 9 April, you’ll know that we played a show there, too, and ditto 27 May in the Bear Pit:
That gets us up to the end of May – and we’d only just got started…
Fantasy Orchestra leader and guiding light, Jesse D Vernon, writes:
As committed-for-life fans of Ursula Le Guin, my wife Kate and I decided to start running appreciation days when we discovered some amazing music, composed by Todd Barton, to accompany one of her books, Always Coming Home. Published in 1985, about a cultural group of humans—the Kesh—who “might be going to have lived a long, long time from now in Northern California.” (p. i) Part novel, part textbook, part anthropologist’s record, Always Coming Home describes the life and culture of the Kesh people.
Todd Barton wrote a selection of folk songs and music which the Kesh might have been going to sing and they make wonderful listening and a great subject for a singing workshop and performance.
You can find the original compositions here:
Our Event took place at Café Kino in Bristol, UK and we started off with the singing workshop.
Here are some recordings we made on the day:
We started with the singing workshop 2-4pm
5pm we watched the film “The Lathe Of Heaven” followed by a discussion lead by Sheryl Robinson and the Bristol Utopian Book Collective.
7pm We were treated to a talk by Helena Hoyle-King about maps featured in the novels of Ursula Le Guin. This was followed by a map making workshop lead by . Helena.
Here are some of the maps made:
8pm “Mothers Of The Terrible Glow” performed some of their sci-fi inspired instrumentals with excellent introductions, explanations and insights from Daniel Potter.
We heralded the approach of the holiday season with a reprise of our Navidad Nuestra set at two shows on Saturday 17 December.
And earlier in the day we also managed to fit in a quick flashmob at the Bearpit for BBC Radio Bristol:
What a lovely way to spread a bit of Christmas joy!! The Fantasy Orchestra – Bristol performed this brilliant flashmob of this top David Bowie track! Well done The Bristol Music Show for organising!
Posted by BBC Radio Bristol on Saturday, 17 December 2016
Then it was off to Filton Church in the afternoon, and Windmill Hill in the evening:
And then it was Christmas.
Autumn continued thuswise:
East Harptree Village Hall, 21 November – a smaller-scale gig after the epic Union Chapel and Trinity shows:
Colston Hall Foyer, 10 December – a Bowie set that was, frankly, a bit of a blinder: