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It’s great to see regional organisations standing by their commitments to further the careers of local musicians; despite facing serious issues themselves in the current climate, Sage Gateshead are forging ahead with their Artists In Residence programme for 2020/2021, and have announced four musicians they’ll be working with over the next 10 months.

Music producer Geoff Kirkwood, aka Man Power, will be a familiar name to many; having found success touring the world’s most well-known clubs and festivals performing as a DJ, he’s now turning his focus to using experimental methods as a means of tackling varied concepts which include community, internationalism, privilege, exclusion and barriers to the arts.

Me Lost Me is the moniker for the extraordinary talents of Jayne Dent, whose electronic music is influenced by folk, noise, art pop and ambient sounds. With a repertoire of dark and playful music which explores storytelling through original songs, improvisations and reworkings of traditional ballads, she’ll be using the residency to work on her forthcoming album.

Rapasa Otieno is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, music educator and contemporary dancer who plays several indigenous instruments to East Africa. As part of his residency he’ll investigate ways to become more independent in his creativity and collaborate with local artists.

Joe Snape uses a mixture of conventional and homemade electronic instruments to make unusual and emotive performances using light, text and video. He’s seeking to make a full-length piece about music, memory and storytelling.

The residencies come at a pivotal moment in each artist’s career, and will support them as they develop ambitious creative projects. As part of their residency they will have access to funding, investment in a creative project of their choosing, a residential retreat, rehearsal space, one to one advice and a concert at the venue or virtual showcase.

Abigail Pogson, Managing Director at Sage Gateshead, said: “During these uncertain and complex times, musicians and artists can help us make sense of our world and our reactions to it and explore the future. Many freelance musicians have been hit hard by the financial and practical challenges brought by Covid-19. It has therefore been especially important that we support musicians during this time and continue our artistic development programme right through lockdown.”

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