On the day they were due to perform a headline show at the Barbican Centre, London-based experimental vocal ensemble Shards release Inside I'll Sing with their newly formed Isolation Choir, featuring an all-star cast of musicians including Douglas Dare, JFDR, Joe Newman of Alt-J, Anna Meredith, Nico Muhly, Hatis Noit, Jonathan Donahue of Mercury Rev, plus many more.
The song, a new composition by leader Kieran Brunt, is a simple expression of the worries and hopes faced by musicians in the current crisis and was written during the first few days of the UK lockdown as all of the group’s national and international concerts were cancelled or postponed.
"I reached out to musician friends in the UK and abroad to see if they would lend their voices to an ‘Isolation Choir’, and was overwhelmed by the positivity and enthusiasm that everyone responded with. Like me, many needed a distraction from current events and valued just being given a simple task to do. I recorded a demo of the song and sent out instructions on how to record at home with whatever means were available.” — Kieran Brunt
In a stroke of luck and generosity, director and singer Fiona Jane Burgess offered the group some unused video footage to create an intimate and perfect visual accompaniment to accompany the track. Viewing her footage in a new light, with artists all over the globe forced to stay indoors, she rebuilt the narrative to poignantly complement the mood and emotion of the song.
All proceeds from Inside I'll Sing will be donated to Help Musicians.
Shards & Isolation Choir are: Ana Silvera, Anna Meredith, Douglas Dare, Fiona Jane Burgess, Gabriella Swallow, Hatis Noit, Héloïse Werner, JFDR, Jack Lawrence-Jones, Joe Newman, Jonathan Donahue, Josephine Stephenson, Kate Huggett, Kieran Brunt, Luke Howard, Matt Huxley, Rose Martin, Red Moon, Sin Fang, Tendertwin and William Doyle.
· stream or download Inside I'll Sing
· watch the video directed by Fiona Jane Burgess
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