Adriano Adewale and Music Cafe 2016

Music Residency 2018

Adriano Adewale: Animus

The 2018 Schools Music Residency was the fourth successful year of Music Residencies in Leicester schools.

This project featured 90 children from three Leicester primary schools and was involved with the choral residency, working with inspirational Brazilian composer and percussionist Adriano Adewale on the theme of "animals".

The residency started with workshops taking place in school in March and then over a two week period leading up to the May half term, and was aimed at children in Year 4. The resulting performance was part of the Spark Festival 2018 in the week of 21 May, and also included an afternoon performance for other classes from the school.

Animus: The Animal Within

The Amimus performance was a musical adventure to the animal kingdom using song, percussion and global music. Performing alongside the 90 children from Granby Primary School, Queensmead Academy and Glenmere Primary School and composer Adriano Adewale (Percussion), Emilia Mårtensson (vocals), Luca Boscagin (guitar), Davide Mantovani (Bassist) and Carolina Paulino (choreographer).

Animus is a work which took inspiration from the character and characteristics of certain animals to reflect on our own relation to them and how we can learn from these animals. The way they move, their attitude with their community, the way they hunt and keep their food, how they communicate. Whale songs, bats intricate directional system, dogs intuition, playfulness and laziness of monkeys, the powerful vision of an eagle. What each of these animals' aspects represents to us and how can we learn from it.

Through discussions, pupils were encouraged to talk about the animals, and write lyrics for a song which will be based on a particular animal or group of animals. These songs were then arranged with the professional musicians as well as with the choreographer who worked with the students to create movement which they performed together with their song.

Previous Music Residencies

Previous Music Residencies have included:-


Animus has been funded by Leicester-shire Music Education Hub and delivered by The Spark Arts for Children as part of The City Classroom.

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