‘In Flow’ is an exciting ensemble combining Javanese Gamelan with improvisation & electronics.
Since 2015 I have been working on In Flow, together with Andrew Madec of That’s Life, award-winning arts program for adults with intellectual disabilities.
After taking on the facilitation of the ensemble in 2017, I collaborated with six musicians with intellectual disability to develop improvisational techniques and compose music which showcased this. This culminated in performances at Galway Jazz Festival, Arts Council’s ‘Places Matter’ conference and in the recording of our debut album.
In Flow was developed into an immersive audiovisual show, featuring the 8-piece gamelan ensemble, guest percussionist Matt Jacobson and together with live projected visuals. This premiered at the Galway Jazz Festival 2019. A beautiful documentary about the project has been launched along with our debut album ‘New Arrival’.
In Flow was originally started in 2015, and initially led by Andrew with a focus on sampling the gamelan and various percussion instruments to make stripped down electronic beats. These beats were then processed through guitar effects pedals, as were some of the instruments during the performances. The result has been a beautiful musical collage, tradition married with technology.
Released in 2015, our debut EP is available to stream and buy here.