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Sonic Portraits

Sonic Portraits is the result of a two week residency with Brazilian percussionist and composer Adriano Adewale.

At the root of the project was the desire to capture the cultural diversity across Leicester. This began with a writing project led by writer Jayne Williams, whereby children from each of the three participating schools were asked to share stories of their family history.

The children then worked with Adriano to write lyrics to which he composed three original songs resulting in a soundscape of fascinating stories and experiences of Leicester.

The songs created and the Schools involved:

Life is Moving - Fosse Primary School

Diversity United - Catherine Junior School

Leicester - A Place to Be - Charnwood Primary School

The performance

The children had the opportunity to perform with professional band, The Elda Trio at The Y Theatre during the Spark Festival.

The Elda Trio is Swedish vocalist, Emilia Martensson, Slovenian accordion player Janez Dovc and Brazilian percussionist, Adriano Adewale. There were also joined by multi-instrumentalist Marcelo Andrade from Brazil.

In their attempt to weave together their three difference folkloric cultures, the ensemble has explored storytelling and music from each country.


Supported by

Thank you to the following supporters, without them this project would not have been possible.

The D'Oyly Carte Charitable Trust & The Golsoncott Foundation