SBR:007 Crime Scene: David Mclean & Phil Carney
January 4th – 15th 2017
Samarbeta announce a new residency between musician/composer David McLean and pulp fiction writer Phil Carney. The pair will be collaborating over the course of 10 day at Islington Mill to produce a new suite compositions performed by a large ensemble of local Manchester musicians and actors.
The duo’s residency will focus on the long inseparable relationship between the iconography of Film Noir and Jazz, which has had profound fascination and influence on both Carney and McLean and their respective practices. Their aim is to create an evolving and highly dramatic suite of narrative led music based around Carney’s writing.
Their project’s intention is to write music explicitly to accompany narrative outside of the traditional cinematic format, explicitly dependent on writing, musical composition and acting to create a new kind of ‘Film Noir Theatre’, one that can be actively performed in traditional music spaces. This performance will be twinned with an exhibition in the Islington Mill gallery space of artwork created by the Bullet Proof Press collective and showcase some of scripts/dialogue from the production rehearsals.
The debut performance and exhibition opening will take place at Islington Mill on the 14th January 2017.
David McLean is a musician based in Manchester, UK. A key figure in the UK improvised music and DIY scene, he has toured and performed throughout Europe and collaborated with artists as diverse as Konstrukt, Gnod, and Charles Hayward. As well as his prolific activities as a musician, McLean also runs the experimental record label Tombed Visions, which has released over 30 albums by artists such as Ex-Easter Island Head, Graham Dunning and Weasel Walter.
Phil Carney is a collage artist and pulp fiction writer based in Bletchley, UK. He is the also owner and founder of Bullet Proof Press, a publication promoting artists and writers exploring the legacy and tradition of Film Noir cinema, Pulp Fiction and Hard-Boiled Crime writing. He has had his work exhibited in Italy, Canada, France and the UK.