Aidan Jolly

Aiden is a musician, songwriter/composer and multimedia artist; taking inspiration from world wide cultural movements, and the history, identity and undocumented stories of particular communities & environments

Aidan Jolly

Artforms: Music, Multimedia, Performance, Digital Arts, Oral History, Community Plays
Sectors: Any, with specialisms in Refugee and Migrant arts, Older People, Mental Health

I am a musician, songwriter/composer and multimedia artist, taking inspiration from world wide cultural movements, and the history, identity and undocumented stories of particular communities and environments. I am involved in touring, performing, events, community plays, and multimedia production, and have
released two well reviewed CDs of original songs, System Fault (2006) and State of Hysteria (2008) (distributed by Proper music).

I have just completed a residency with B-Arts in Stoke-on-Trent, on the Growing Hearts and Minds project, creating a song cycle and a series of performances with a variety of participants looking at the connection between mental health and the environment. This resulted in a cycle of songs called Down To The Roots created and performed by the Northwood Park Scratch Band, who came together during the course of the residency. These songs were recorded and are available on CD with a book of the whole project.

I am also working on a music project with people who have been victims of torture, in partnership with Musicians Without Borders UK and the North West branch of Freedom From Torture. This project is funded by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation and Lankelly Chase Trust. Our CD, Stone Flowers, was recorded in the summer of 2011 and launched at the Imperial War Museum North as part of Peace Week in September 2011. The second phase of this project began at the end of January 2012.

I am a core member of Virtual Migrants, a Manchester-based Digital Arts Association that explores issues of race, migration and globalisation. Our current project is The Centre Cannot Hold, an installation and series of live performances and debates, exploring the links between climate change and colonial processes. This began at the Arnolfini Gallery in Bristol, as part of CWords, curated by Platform (October and November 2009) and continued in partnership with the Research Institute of Cosmopolitan Cultures, Manchester University. Our previous work, Terminal Frontiers, toured the UK and abroad between 2004 & 2007. For more information see the Virtual Migrants website.

I have been freelance since 1992, and from 1993-2000 was a member of Banner Theatre. I regularly work for a number of organisations including, most recently, Burnley Youth Theatre and Hoot in Huddersfield.

Links:
www.aidanjolly.com