Call Out for Musicians for Solstice Shorts Shortest Day

This call out is for acoustic music to be performed at the Solstice Shorts Festival in Greenwich, London, on 21st December 2016. You will need to be available to perform!!
Deadline for submission 23:59, 31 August 2016

The theme is Shortest Day.

Please stick to it, but do not use this as your title (it makes it very difficult to shortlist!)
This is the second part of an earlier call out, and this part is to RESPOND to short stories and poems for which you will be sent a link – (the reason the link is not here is to respect the copyright of the writers, only people actively seeking to respond to the call out will have access to it.) Contact us to ask for the link.
How you choose to interpret shortest day in relation to the writing is entirely up to you, but it might be that you set (some of) the words to original music, or you might propose a traditional piece that would sit well with a story, or compose music that fits with the mood… please remember you need to be able to perform it!
Successful pieces will be performed at the 3rd Solstice Shorts Festival on 21st December 2016 in Greenwich, London. Performers are paid. We  video/ record so that there is a permanent record available. Please tell us which piece of writing inspired you, so that we can curate the music and story/poem alongside, or even together.
send us: mp3, wmv, mp4, avi; plus score if you want to as pdf; words if relevant as pdf, rtf, txt, doc, docx.
When you are ready, submit here.


Have fun.

Group of Acoustic Musicians needed

Group of Acoustic Musicians (minimum 2) wanted for an open rehearsal/ jamming session with writers present. (Unpaid apart from reasonable expenses)

Arachne Press are running a two hour writing workshop as part of Walthamstow Libraries’ Word Festival in November. The Workshop is Writing With Your Ears which looks at how live music can influence and inspire writing (fiction, poetry, maybe even lyrics) – but we need some musicians!

The music needs to be instrumental, and never have had words set to it. The more varied and complex you repertoire the better, original work welcome, or classical/ world/ jazz/ folk… prefer not pop because more people are likely to have associations with it that will get in the way of the creative process.

Musicians should ideally  be used to working together, and would cover a wide variety of instruments, but any combination of acoustic instruments considered. We welcome both amateur and professional groups, students, anyone who loves music and is interested in collaborating with literature programmes. This doesn’t need to be a performance – if you want to play something over several times or discuss it during the evening that’s fine, we’d also love it if you would chat to the writers in the tea break, and perhaps let them have a go at playing an instrument (not things with mouthpieces obviously), and be an audience for what they produce during the workshop.

What’s in it for you? free rehearsal space, publicity, an opportunity to introduce your music to an audience who give you an awful lot of attention, potential for an on-going relationship with Arachne Press for future workshops, maybe playing at book launches, other collaborative events as we think of them (if you have any ideas, glad to hear them). If you have CDs to sell bring them along.

When and where:

Tuesday 12th November 2013 18:30-20:30

North Chingford Library, The Green, Chingford, E4 7EN

expressions of interest to Cherry Potts: cherry(at)arachnepress(dot)com please include links to recordings/ videos/website if applicable

If you can’t make that date, but are interested in the idea, please get in touch anyway, we hope there will be future opportunities.