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An original electro acoustic collaboration between pianist Christina McMaster and wellness music pioneer and ambient composer Tom Middleton, that will be experienced via an altered perspective – lying down for conscious listening.
The body is often referred to as a temple – the nutrition, words, sounds, environment and vibrations we allow into the body impact our physical and spiritual wellness.
The experience is in reverence of 12th Century Priestess – Hildegard Von Bingen and her immense creativity, sonic visions, words, art works, eco activism and use of plant and sound medicine. Her vision and painting ‘The Universe’ is the source of inspiration for this performance – representing the four elements – wind, fire, air, water and multiple layers of meaning beyond these.
Expect to experience sound in new dimensions with real time transformations across multiple modes via immersive surround speakers to fully envelop you as Tom leverages the d&b Soundscape system, whilst sculpting the acoustic piano to guide you within to your personal Inner Temple of sound.
This project is supported by Help Musicians UK.
Sunday 26 March 2023, 11.00am
Kings Place, London
Christina McMaster: Piano
Tom Middleton: DJ/Wellness Music Pioneer
Christina studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Joanna MacGregor, she has since performed internationally and has appeared on BBC Radio 3, Radio 4 and Classic FM.
A truly creative spirit, she has collaborated with numerous artists and industries, including visual artists, DJ and wellness music pioneer Tom Middleton, folk musician Peggy Seeger and recently with NWLive for the Belonging Project in an ensemble for oud, percussion, piano, lute alongside poets. She has also composed and on music and words collaboration for a film on sustainability by Mary McCartney
Christina has performed at leading venues/festivals including Cheltenham, Aldeburgh, QEH and worked with composers such as Harrison Birtwistle, Tansy Davies, Stephen Montague, Ayanna Witter-Johnson, Freya Waley-Cohen etc. In 2016 Christina was selected as a young artist in residence at St John’s Smith square, and from 2013-17 she curated programmes of multimedia and piano events for The Royal Academy of Music annual Piano Festival. She has been a mentor for Geneva International Music Competition, UNESCO Day of the Girl, and given talks at Universities in the U.K and U.S.
After a chance meeting with Professor Strang, Christina co led the Sound Mind project at Kings College, London with Dr Sally Marlow. Across a series of events the team of creatives and scientist explored if certain music in combination with visuals and a VR experience in a lying down concert could recreate the wellbeing benefits of a hallucinogenic trip. This has evolved to Lie down & Listen which incorporates traditional sound healing with
This project has evolved into Lie down & Listen - meditation, sound healing and lying down concert experiences.
Ligeti Etudes & Ultra Marathons
Watch Christina's video of the Devil's Staircase and her article for Gramophone magazine of the story behind Ligeti's fiendish Devil's Staircase Etude and the many parallels with the physical and mental training required for Ultra endurance sports.
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Lie down and Listen
Christina founded Lie down and Listen - a meditation, sound healingand lying down concert experience. It began through a chance meeting with Professor Sir John Strang and and a scientific experiment at KCL to re create the benefits of a hallucinogenic trip - changes in perception of time and enhanced creativity. Since then it's evolved , incorporating traditional sound healing in a beautiful deep listening experience.
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