‘The World Domination Project’
2017 – 2019
Led by pianist and conceptualist, Tony Roe, Amsterdam based trio, Tin Men and the Telephone employs live electronics, projected visuals, and ground-breaking technology -their innovative smart phone app, Tinmendo – in combination with jazz and improvised music to create a truly unique interactive multimedia experience. Through the use of their Tinmendo app, they have found ways that allow audiences to become a part of their multi-faceted, hugely engaging, enormously fun interactive shows.
Musically, Tin Men reach beyond their primary sources of inspiration (the rich harmonies of classical music and modern jazz, or the visceral rhythms of hip hop and Balkan traditions) to look for the music in the sounds of everyday life, finding melodies in things that normally go unnoticed such as directions from car navigation devices, ring tones, the abrasive squelch of traffic noise.
Now, in what is thought to be the first project of its kind, Tin Men and the Telephone have been selected to undertake a three-year programme working with six UK partner arts organisations to explore new approaches to the experience of live performance through staging, shaping their performance, using technology and audience participation. Crucially, audiences themselves will be directly involved in this work.
Having made a name for themselves for their innovative approach, they make the perfect choice to spearhead this process of discovery.
Over three years, Tin Men will work with its partners in six residences working alongside audience participants and invited guest advisors to playfully explore new approaches to the live experience. The resulting new material and new shows will with then tour in each of the coming three years.
The first residency was held in October ’17 at Snape Maltings in Suffolk where they were joined by London-based theatre director Owen Lewis who contributed his experience as a comedy writer an dramaturg. The second residency was hosted by Oxford Contemporary Music in January 2018 at Oxford Brookes University. They were joined by Andrew Sommerville and Jon Cooper, founders of differencEngine, a company specialising in immersive & interactive theatre whilst exploring the boundaries of technology in performance. Further residencies will be announced for 2018 and 2019
The band’s residency’s allow time to experiment and explore new ideas for performance – the staging, the technology and participation. Each includes time with a local audience to share what has been learned during the week. Having the insight into the creative journey allows these one-off band members to give feedback on what they – the audience – feels will work, and what might be developed further.
Tony Roe, Tin Men’s pianist/co-composer believes “that space to think and to imagine differently is essential for the creative process and to be challenged and inspired by expert advice is invaluable. But for us, it’s equally essential that our audience feeds into this. So, rather than crafting our show ‘behind the scenes’ our live shows are performed with, and not to audiences”.
“a 21st-century gig … drawing their audience into the heart of the gig…. multimedia gadgetry and a sense of mischief combined to create something fresh and unexpected. Roe and his friends were reminding us — in captivating style — that jazz can be fun and profound at the same time. The Times ***** (Ronnie Scott’s 2017)
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Learn more about ‘Tinmendo’ http://bit.ly/2wqRzqc
Tin Men with the Metropole Orkest http://bit.ly/2wxdc7t