Closure – David Woodfall / Huw Warren / Greg Byatt
First Performance (Private View) July 14th Ysgol Parc, Parc, Gwynedd 7.30pm
This is the culmination of an ACW funded project using photography, original music and video to document the rich and vibrant life of the small rural community of Parc,near Bala in the Snowdonia National Park.
The title refers to the threat that all of our communities currently face in remaining open and viable in the face of severe economic and social pressures.The three artists have, with the wonderful and generous co-operation of the entire community; explored and documented many aspects of the community, including cultural and social events, and the interaction and relationship with the natural enviroment.
The performance will include new music (perfromed live by Huw Warren) alongside a remarkably wide range of photographs by David Woodfall and videos and live projection by Greg Byatt which have been compiled in Parc over the last 6 months.
Despite having no pub, shop or post office, and a primary school under threat of closure; Parc possesses one of the strongest senses of community that the three artists have ever experienced. The project as a whole is about ordinary people and their celebration of life.
Huw Warren has blogged about the various stages of the project at www.huwwarren.wordpress.com and all three artists are currently applying for additional funding to extend and develop the project over the next 6 months.There will be an exhibition open to the public and further live performances from September 2012 onwards.
Admission by invitation only, but for more information please contact Huw Warren firstname.lastname@example.org
David Woodfall – Photographer
In a career spanning over 22 years of photographing environments throughout the world , David Woodfall has refused to be categorised by his work as a photographer .
In a 1998 portfolio in BBC Wildlife he was described as ‘ the poet laureate of British and Irish landscapes. In North America and Europe he is better known for his work on environmental issues . In 1999 he documented the Warao native people (of the Orinoco delta) for Living Earth (Terra Viva ) ,Caracas .He has frequently photographed people , including commissions to photograph HRH Prince Charles and Sir David Attenborough. He has always photographed wildlife , which reflects his career in nature conservation prior to his work as a photographer, which is a feature of both his understanding of the world and the quality of his photographs
Huw Warren – Pianist/ Composer
Huw is one of Wales’ best known musicians whose work crosses the boundaries of jazz,world music and new music. Winner of BBC Jazz award for Innovation and the ACW Creative Wales award, he has a busy career touring worldwide, recording and teaching. He has collaborated with artists as varied as June Tabor, Maria Pia de Vito, Ralph Towner, Kenny Wheeler and Billy Bragg. His next release is on the ECM label and he is currently artist in residence at Brecon Jazz Festival
Greg Byatt – video and projection
Greg is an audio visual wizard specialising in music performances and live projection.He has collaborated with Huw on several performances as well as silent film projects and was also a founder of the Actors Cut, an unique project for trainee actors.