Paraorchestra are reinventing the orchestra for the 21st century – this is how we’re doing it.
This was a banner year for Paraorchestra and we’ve so much more to share throughout 2023 and beyond. For now, we want to say thank you to every single one of our of musicians, supporters & collaborators
Paraorchestra with Charles Hazlewood
Through live music, storytelling, and AV Minimalism Changed My Life showcases the transcendental powers of Minimalism.
This video sets this world-changing musical movement that inspired the show in global historical context.
See the show at Southbank Centre. London 28th September & Bridgewater Hall 2nd October.
Based on Charles Hazlewood’s acclaimed 2018 BBC4 programme, Tones Drones and Arpeggios; Minimalism Changed My Life explores work by some of the great composers of the genre who rebooted classical music in the 20th Century.
Key musical minimalist ingredients are blended with a visual narrative that brings the stories behind the genre to life – including Charles Hazlewood’s own journey into minimalism – firmly placing them in a global historical context; sexual liberation, economic instability and the existential threats of the Cold War and Cuba Missile Crisis.
Minimalism Changed My Life is a truly unique opportunity to experience the last big idea in classical music, one that has rocked mainstream music and reverberated through the genres ever since.
Terry Riley: A Rainbow in Curved Air
Mike Oldfield: Tubular Bells
Philip Glass: Music in Similar Motion
Pauline Oliveros: A Woman Sees How The World Goes With No Eyes
Pauline Oliveros: The Last Time (Ultima Vez)
Steve Reich: Music for a Large Ensemble
Produced by Paraorchestra
On 03, Mar 2019 | In Film | By JM
9 mins. HD. 2019.
A black comedy about the training of an jihadi bride.
Premiered at Edinburgh International Film Festival 2019 “this six strong selection draws together EIFF’s pick of the most exciting cinematic voices emerging from the UK today.” Also awarded “Best Concept Film” at Catfish Shorts! Short Film Festival 2020.
Alja falls in love online with Ebb a self-described jihadi, and longs to visit him. But he insists on setting a series of escalating challenges to prove she’s tough enough. When events take a dark turn, it’s Alja who questions Ebb’s commitment.
Writing The Grab was a collaborative process, with Deva writing the first draft with the help of Shaniaz Hama Ali, the actress who plays Alja, and Jon Conway but it never quite worked so Mandy Lee, writer, came on board and solidified all the ideas into a viable screenplay.
The main shoot was crewed with Annemarie Lean Vercoe, cinematographer, Iqbal Elyas, production assistant, and Deva who operated sound as well as directing. The cast were Shaniaz Hama Ali, as Alja, Amrou Al-Kadhi as Ebb and Adam Lannon as The Business Man.
Deva continued to shoot the interior and exterior scenes, operating camera and sound at the same time while directing the cast of Shaniaz Hama Ali, Adam Lannon, Marcus Hutton, Nicola Harrison, and Melissa Jean Woodside.
Much later, John Minton came on board and edited The Grab using Premiere Pro and Katie O’Mahoney, producer, helped secure the colour grade with Matthew Osborne at The Mill in LA. The music was composed by Yazz Ahmed and the sound mixed by Steve Single.
Shaniaz Hama Ali – Alja
Amrou Al-Kadhi – Ebb
Adam Lannon – Business Man
Marcus Hutton – Helpful Lukas
Melissa Jean Woodside – Melissa
Deva Palmier – Director
Mandy Lee – Writer
Katie O’Mahoney – Producer
Annemarie Lean Vercoe and Deva Palmier – Cinematographer
John Minton – Editor
Yazz Ahmed – Music
Deva Palmier – Sound Recordist
Steve Single – Sound Re-recording Mixer
Matt Osborne and Thomas Mangham – Colour Grading for The Mill
Liza Kerlin and Colin Oaten – Colour Grading Producer for The Mill
Emily Jones – Casting Director
Iqbal Elyas – Production Assistant
Domino is proud to present Henryk Górecki: Symphony No. 3 (Symphony of Sorrowful Songs) performed by Beth Gibbons and the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Krzysztof Penderecki. The performance took place at The National Opera Grand Theatre in Warsaw on November 29th 2014. In advance of the concert, Beth Gibbons undertook an intense preparation process, including tackling the challenge of learning the original text (and the emotional weight it carries) without speaking the mother language.
Originally an exhibition biopic. This the shortened version for the Genesis website.
Nearly 200 previously unseen oil paintings are now shared for the very first time in Chrissie Hynde’s signed limited edition book,
Adding The Blue. Find out more: AddingTheBlue.com
For this special event they team up with award-winning, long-time GTB and Portishead collaborator John Minton to produce a film which examines and celebrates over a century of Bristol, captured on film by local people.
If last year’s Metropolis was an epic expressionist vision of dystopia, Bristopolis offers an intimate contemporary parallel: a poetic visual essay and an abstract urban history, using archive footage filtered through John Minton’s creative vision, and organically wedded to one of Bristol’s most famous jazz exports – the inventive, uncategorisable Get The Blessing.
On 21, Jun 2016 | In Film | By JM
Starring singer/songwriter Beth Orton with Muhammet Uzuner (Once Upon A Time in Anatolia) alongside a cast of westcountry non-professionals, Light Years plays with form to create a startling story of loss, hope and the deepest of human connections. The trailer edit reunites Esther May Campbell and I after the BAFTA award for best short film for September in 2009.
Twelfth Man belongs to Short Plays, a Daniel Gruener project commemorating the 2014 World Cup.
Director: Duane Hopkins, Short Film, 6 mins
Producer: Samm Haillay (Third Films)
Editors: Michael Gardiner, John Minton
Sound Design: Michael Gardiner