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Cessation of Silence
Published 7 January 2017 by JT


Hallo and Happy New Year
This next few weeks I'll curating an event with sound works for the Islington South Women's Forum.

The event is called Cessation of Silence, it is in March to celebrate International Women's Day.Our focus is Domestic Violence and we asking for people to send in works in.We will be having invited speakers.
I hope this event will draw together some really special music, discussions and artworks which explore and express feelings and experiences that people may have.

Cessation of Silence

Cessation of Silence – Call for Work

International Women’s Day 11th of March 2017

Islington South Women’s Forum

Deadline 1st Feb

Contact : ISWForum@outlook.com

We are a Women’s group based in Islington with over a 1,000 members and to
celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD) we are holding an event with invited
speakers and music to raise Awareness of Violence towards Women and Girls.
We are looking for audio works, audio visual work , poems or performance
practice that explore the subject of domestic violence.
If you are a survivor or have experience of the subject or do research in that
area and feel that you have work you would like to share that expresses your experiences please send it in.

We can not offer fees, however we can offer a comfortable venue, food and
assistance with travel if you are London based. More importantly, we offer an open-minded supportive audience and a way for voices to be heard

Our group welcomes women and men to the event.

Curator: Sound Artist Jo Thomas

Venue: Lift, Islington, London

Time 10- 12pm

Date: 11th of March

Please send up to two 3 minute examples of your works digitally to ISWForum@outlook.com.

Deadline 1st Feb .

Thank you

Your works will be listened to and viewed with respect at all times.


WomensMarchLondon
Published 22 January 2017 by JT


Hallo ,
I just wanted to post up a photo of me at the start of the WomensMarchLondon yesterday in London. It was a really special event, there was no violence , it was peaceful and communal. Women girls old and young partners husbands I'm so glad that I took part.
We all walked to Trafalgar square where the crowd cascaded into song with a disco version of 'We are Family' It showed me that feminism had not died but evolved and was facing a renaissance.

I was thinking a lot about women and music yesterday. As a musician I think there are so many ways that women can help in other in supporting work,practise and music. We can support each other with sharing good practise,building networks,opportunities,reaching out and letting people in.

A friendly smile goes a long way.

We can stand strong against abuse, inappropriate behaviour, rudeness and misogyny.We can show understanding, we can point out bias in programming practise when we see it. There was a really interesting discussion on Monday in City Hall with PRS about 50/50 gender music programming. I think this is the way forward for women in music and I hope this gets developed.

We can stand together, yesterday it was amazing and truly a great day,
Jo
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Familiar
Published 31 January 2017 by JT


Hallo, My work is being shown in the Chinese open in Trafalgar Square at the moment. It is the score from ‘We will not deny’ the 3rd moment of Anga Rita 2015. Agna Rita was commissioned for the Maga Carter 800 celebrations in 2015 in Lincoln as part of the Frequency Festival.The commission was supported by the PRS Women Making Music Fund,Arts Council of England and Britten Pears.I have also written a version for vocal ensemble.

Address- Q PARK, 39-41 Whitcomb Street, London WC2H 7DT, Exhibition Levels 1 & 2 Private View Sunday 29 January 12 noon until 6pm Exhibition runs 29 Jan – 5 Feb

Strange times.I have friends that are feeling the stigma of being marginalised because of their faith,I know of people that may have to leave the uk because of their nationality.I'm not a cultural music theorist nor a musicologist I'm a composer, I write with the sounds around me, abstracting them into altered forms, trying to capture sensations, reactions and emotions. I feel my sounds are like life forms, they have a past, a present and an imagined future. In this world at the moment, my eyes and ears have suddenly had to adjust their focus ... I'm someone who doesn't mind looking into the unknown, I can face a blank page and not shudder , but, this change in focus tastes of racism,marginalization and discrimination. As artists we question decisions, examine evidence, imagine the future, look at moments of consequence, listen to dreams, creating meaningful works that people can find moments of expression in.We can create the impossible and we can break through assumptions by being open minded. I think its really important to keep up our commitment to writing music even through all this change,it might be hard but keep on writing.


LIVE DATES
for bookings and info please email jo@jothomas.me.
Live 2017
28th of January -4th of February
Chinese Open ' Score Artwork
London
WC2H 7DT,
April 11th
Sonic Imperfections
The Montague Arms, 289 Queens road Peckham SE15 2PA
20th of May
Linear Obsessional Festival
Mermaids Vinyl available for release from Holidays Records.
http://www.holidaysrecords.it/
Mermaids Vinyl available for sale Boomkat
http://boomkat.com/vinyl/809479-jo-thomas-mermaids
Nature of Habit CD available for purchase at
http://www.entracte.co.uk/project/jo-thomas-e142/
Nature of Habit CD available for Purchase at Boomkat
http://boomkat.com/cds/746165-jo-thomas-nature-of-habit
Alpha E82 Vinyl available for purchase at Entr'acte
http://www.entracte.co.uk/project/jo-thomas-e82/
Soul Vibration / Joachim Norwdwall Jo Thomas Remix 2013
https://soundcloud.com/entracte/joachim-nordwall-jo-thomas-remix
Jo Thomas Entr'acte Mix June 2013
https://soundcloud.com/entracte/jo-thomas-june-2013
Jo Thomas New Scientist Crystal Prix Ars Electronica 2012
http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/culturelab/2012/09/capturing-the-sound-of-light.html
Jo Thomas awarded Golden Nica from Prix Ars Electronica 2012'
http://www.thewire.co.uk/articles/9072/
Mermaids Fact Mag Best of 2013 Nick Bullen
http://www.factmag.com/2013/12/22/nic-bullens-favourite-releases-labels-and-live-shows-of-2013/

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