We Are Children (We Make Sound) is a mixed ensemble project from Kilburn, a composers collective. Formed in 2011 and rehearsing late at night, with strange noises emanating from Room 201 after everyone else had left, it had only one intention: to explore music, regardless of which instruments turned up, or whatever style was suggested. But it contained one common thread, namely the nether land that exists between rock, experimental and contemporary music.
During 2011/2012 the ensemble cut their teeth giving performances of Reich, Bryars, Terry Riley and emerging originals, hijacking the local pub in Kilburn, the Black Lion, and setting up in their restaurant. Memorable nights include being introduced by a rapper, Steve Reich's "Electric Counterpoint" to a pub so full, that the audience couldn't get into the room, and "Jesus Blood" silencing the washers up in the kitchen. The idea was not to win glory for their interpretation, just to bring the sound to friends. Graduating to foyer performances at Kings Place and the QEH, they finally got their own stage being invited by Ben Eshmade (Daylight Music/Arctic Circle) to play at Union Chapel.
Quote Ben : "This is what I imagined a Daylight band might sound like."
In the summer of 2012 they set out to make a recording of this music, and the result is June 12 and Gaved.
Guided by cellist and arranger Audrey Riley and led by bassist Dan Gaylard and guitarist Alastair Beveridge, the group has evolved into a collective of musicians and composers. The line-up is unusual: seven guitars,two basses, mandolin, drums and percussion, flute, clarinet, strings, piano, keyboards and vocals and dubstep remixing. More new music ensemble than band, more rock than orchestra, they present minimal masterpieces, self-penned compositions and arrangements of well known works. Defying categorisation on a journey of exploration and experimentation.
In November 2013, these recordings were made available on AR Records, and through Rough Trade stores. The band celebrating these releases with a showcase concert early in 2014 promoted by Ben Eshmade. At the same time the exploration goes on, more music being written and recorded. Summer 2014 was spent working with the composer Gavin Bryars on a major new project, a beautiful new piece "Burroughs", composed for the ensemble and premiered at Queen Elizabeth Hall. The project is now being recorded. Along with new tracks by the ensemble composers.
Stay tuned for more news on what's to come.
We Are Children (We Make Sound) are:
Audrey Riley - cello
Dan Gaylard - Bass
Alastair Beveridge - Guitar, keyboard
Niels Bax- guitar
Patrick White- Guitar and bass
Charlotte Barrow- Guitar
Robert Mullally- Guitar
Gabriele Mentha Romeo- Guitar and production of dubstep remixes
Victor Miqueles - Guitar, mandolin
Constantine Cheimarios- guitar
Richard Bond- guitar and clarinet
Razvan Diaconu- guitar
Jeremy Muchenje - bass
Elias Gargallo Aguilella- drum, glock, percussion
Abi Murray- flute and bamboo flute
Gyongyi Salla- vocals
Jo Kelsey- vocals
Richard Jones - violin