In winter 2012 I started work on a new music/percussion project, called The Rig, with the fabulous percussionist Amy Kelly. I’ve been fortunate to work with Amy many times over the years, since we met at music college 16 years ago, and it’s been SO much fun working on this new music project together! Since we started The Rig we have had Arts Council England funding to develop The Rig, making it suitable for wheelchair users and those with a range of disabilities and to take it round schools in London. We are ambassadors for the BBC Ten Pieces project and 2015 and 2016 sees us develop this project with Arts Council funding.
We also take The Rig to a lot of festivals; WOMAD, End of The Road, Machynellth Comedy Festival, OnBlackheath, Chilled In A Field, Cornbury, Greenbelt, V&A Museum of Childhood and Mycenae House to name a few.
So what is The Rig I hear you ask?! Well! The Rig is an interactive musical installation that combines percussion, creativity, musical exploration, visual stimulation, learning and adventure.
It combines vintage instruments made from every day items recycled, altered and adjusted to form crazy inventions with unusual sounds. The Rig explores the physics behind sound with examples such as coloured water to show vibrations from a water gong, a tin bath amplifier and string earphones that resonate around your whole body.
A link to The Rig is here: www.playtherig.co.uk
The Rig is primarily for children to explore sounds, but in our experience adults have also been drawn in and fascinated by it! We’ve found it works very well at festivals and children’s events as a free style improvising installation, and in schools with more of a workshop approach.