In partnership with Making Tracks Music, Lighthouse has been searching for eight artists to collaborate, make new music and develop their careers in a ground breaking new music project.

Making Tracks brings together emerging artists from the UK and around the world to showcase diverse music, initiate new collaborations and explore strategies for music-based environmental engagement.

Since 2010 it has brought world-class music from all over the world to leading venues, but due to the global pandemic this year Making Tracks is a Digital Edition and this week its Virtual Residency began.

Over the next two weeks the eight Making Tracks 2020 Fellows will be using video conferencing platforms to create new work and discuss their development with a team of industry experts.

The Digital Tour, from 20 July until 13 September, will find Making Tracks’ Digital Partners, including Lighthouse, using social media to share live-streamed performances and new collaborative works incubated during the residency. The tour will happen ‘in reverse’ – instead of travelling to local audiences the public will be invited into the homes of Making Tracks Fellows around the world.

More than 35 partners with a combined social media following of 458,000 people and a potential reach of more than 1.3 million are taking part in the Making Tracks Digital Edition.

Meet the Fellows:

Matchume Zango (Mozambique) is regarded as one of the new masters of the timbila, a traditional wooden xylophone, and marimba traditions. He has dedicated himself to Mozambican music and dance since the age of six and plays traditional instruments such as timbila, mbira, xitende and djembe drums. 

Kate Griffin (UK) is a leading clawhammer banjo player, singer and composer. Through her innovative banjo style and intricate compositions she seamlessly fuses her musical influences of British and American folk with Indian classical music. She’s also a founding member of the global folk collective Mishra.

Daniel Gouly (UK) is a clarinetist, educator and electronic music composer and performer, specialising in Jewish music and other traditions from across Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean. His academic research considers how social media networks and music technologies shape various forms of informal and formal knowledge exchange. Daniel also performs with the award-winning Don Kipper.

Lemon Guo (China) is a vocalist, composer and interdisciplinary sound artist. Focused on the power of the human voice, she creates performances and installations that juxtapose traditional and contemporary styles of singing with field recordings and electronics to connect people to environmental and cultural realities.

Laonikos Psimikakis-Chalkokondylis (Greece) is a shakuhachi (traditional Japanese bamboo flute) player and improviser, based in London. Originally from Greece, he studied composition in London then spent six years in Finland and trained as a wilderness guide. Laonikos now seeks to explore the overlaps between wilderness experiences and music making.

Tendai Mavengeni (Zimbabwe) is an mbira player and vocalist. At 19 years old, she’s the youngest Zimbabwean mbira recording artist and already has two albums to her name. Although mbira are traditionally played by men, Tendai follows in the footsteps of Zimbabwe’s female mbira pioneers such as Stella Chiweshe and the late Chiwoniso Maraire.

Gurdain Rayatt (UK) is one of the most exciting and established tabla players in Britain today. Classically trained from the age of three by his father and grandfather, Gurdain undertook advanced training in India and has performed alongside some of the greats of the Hindustani music tradition, including Anoushka Shankar, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Pandit Birju Maharaj and Ustad Shahid Parvez.

Aida Zhakhanbek (Kazakhstan) is a dombra (Kazakh folk string instrument) player, singer and improviser. She has been learning Kazakh folk and classical music since the age of six and is currently based in the UK. As well as dombra, she plays a host of other Kazakh folk instruments, including jetigen, sazsyrnai, shankobyz, kylkobyz and percussion.


Published 30 June 2020