Category Archives: Performances

Pictures from The Mango Tree

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Thank You to everyone who attended the recent performance of The Mango Tree performed at Leeds College of Music on Friday 20th June 2014.

 The Demon closes in on Princess Jyoti in The Mango Tree - Leeds College of Music - 20th June 2014

The Demon closes in on Princess Jyoti.

The feedback from the event was tremendous.

Jyoti sinking in the water in The Mango Tree - Leeds College of Music - 20th June 2014

Princess Jyoti sinking in the water.

There are 2 galleries of photos taken of the performance:

Princess Jyoti and Raj Kumar - The Mango Tree - Leeds College of Music - 20th June 2014

Princess Jyoti and Raj Kumar.

We are planning on taking this production on tour in the future.

Raj Kumar picking the flower from the water - The Mango Tree - Leeds College of Music - 20th June 2014

Raj Kumar picking the flower from the water.

Watch this space for future details.

Dilrani Kaur accompanying the soundtrack - The Mango Tree - Leeds College of Music - 20th June 2014

Dilrani Kaur accompanying the soundtrack on her Santoor.

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The Players - The Mango Tree - Leeds College of Music - 20th June 2014

The Players – Musical ARC.

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The Mango Tree: Performance this Friday (20th June)

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Please come to our magnificent, marvelous, mind boggling Mango Tree…

2014-05-12 The Mango Tree flier - front - final printed version

The Mango Tree – Click on the image to see full sized version.

Be mesmerised by the dancers, enchanted by the princess and beware of the demon…

See you on Friday 20th June 7pm at the Leeds College of Music, Quarry Hill, Leeds, LS2 7PD.

You can purchase tickets from the Leeds College of Music box office (0113 222 3434).

Musical ARC are performing a rendition of a classical Indian folk tale, The Mango Tree.

2014-05-12 The Mango Tree flier - rear - final printed version

The Mango Tree – Click on the image to see the full size version.

The performance will be signed.

The Mango Tree

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Musical ARC are performing a rendition of a classical Indian folk tale, The Mango Tree.

2014-05-12 The Mango Tree flier - front - final printed version

2014-05-12 The Mango Tree flier – front – final printed version

The Mango Tree is the fantasy tale of an Indian king who loses his beloved princess to a demon and yearns for her return.

As a result of a grant award by the Arts Council, Musical ARC, a charity for disabled musicians, has put together a production that combines a mix of musical and visual performances in an innovative way. The story is narrated by artistic director, Lorraine Cowburn and is accompanied with music performed by Musical ARC members. On stage is a large shadow screen on which puppets and live contemporary and traditional Kathak Indian dances are played out. The production will merge shadow and dance; dancers will become shadow puppets, puppets will become dancers in a seamless fusion between what is in front and behind the screens.

The shadow puppetry is devised by Rebekah Caputo. Contemporary dance is arranged by Amy Manancourt. Traditional Kathak Indian dance is by Jyoti Manral.

The performance will be on Friday 20th June 2014 at the Leeds College of Music, Quarry Hill, Leeds, LS2 7PD.

The performance will be signed.

You can purchase tickets from the Leeds College of Music box office (0113 222 3434).

2014-05-12 The Mango Tree flier - rear - final printed version

2014-05-12 The Mango Tree flier – rear – final printed version

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The Mango Tree performance is part of the 2014 Yorkshire Festival.

Look forward to seeing you there. 🙂

News: New Performance: Planting the Seed

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In spite of the summer heat making its excuses, all at Musical Arc had something to grin / shout / punch the air about. We’d only gone and got the grant from the Arts Council, for another much adored performance of “The Mango Tree”. Waiting for ideas to grow into reality can be painful, but hey, not as much as if we had waited in vain. For, in this fine September of 2013, we planted the seed of our show.

This joyous beginning saw energetic discussions take place at Meanwood, where we confirmed what the process of our year would include. We would be writing the music for “The Mango Tree” ourselves, with the Indian traditions of story and dance inspiring us along the route. We would be welcoming the expertise of collaborative performers, including that of our shadow puppetry artist, Rebekah Caputo and a traditional Kathak dancer. There would be some live music performance and recording opportunities involved too – so not only would we be perfecting every beat and pedal, but we’d experience new professional environments. It became clear that this project would be both fulfilling and crucial to our artistic development. We could not wait to get stuck into part one…

…Light danced from the soft, broken chords of Martin’s acoustic, and we felt the princess tiptoeing into the arc. D.B’s earthy pedals depicted her humming voice, and she began to walk through a lively forest. Shehnaaz was her rhythm, tapping her sparkly toes as she waltzed; and soon we heard the horns, saw the sun beaming down at the girl. Peacefully she wandered, until unwelcome chromatics swore rudely at her face. The story was unraveling; a vicious presence was near…

Melissa Thompson

News: Funding Confirmed for The Mango Tree

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The Musical Arc committee are elated to announce they have received funding from the Arts Council for a performance project, “The Mango Tree”.

Re-kindling a past venture, the elements of the show will consist of storytelling, original music composition and live performance, shadow puppetry, and traditional Indian dance.   This array of arts will be displayed by the individuals of Musical Arc alongside collaborating performers, refreshing the insights and senses of all involved.

The journey starts now, with the group regularly meeting at their hub in Meanwood for the writing, direction and rehearsal of the piece. The culminating show commences at The Venue, Leeds, in June 2014.

Further details TBA.

Melissa Thompson

Stanningley Primary School Christmas Performance

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During December 2012, Musical ARC returned to Stanningley Primary School to perform ‘World on a String’ in its entirety for all the children and staff previously engaged in Musical ARC workshops.

Using a new double screen technique, professional puppeteer Rebekah Caputo was able to tell the ‘Crows and the Serpent’ story on one screen whilst Musical ARC members took a turn as puppeteers, using specially designed head puppets to bring the story even more to life on the second large screen. As the photos show, the rabbit puppet from the ‘Whale and the Elephant” story was a firm favourite amongst staff and children alike.
As always Musical ARC composed and played the accompanying soundtrack and also played live before and after the performance. A fantastic end to the year for Musical ARC.

Shehnaaz drumming whilst the shadow of an elephant is cast behind her.

Shehnaaz drumming whilst the shadow of an elephant is cast behind her.

Stanningley Primary School - Musical Arc members

Stanningley Primary School – Musical Arc members

Stanningley Primary School - Musical Arc members and audience

Stanningley Primary School – Musical Arc members and audience

Stanningley Primary School - Martin and other Musical Arc members

Stanningley Primary School – Martin and other Musical Arc members

We received some lovely endorsements from the children at the school about the performance that can be viewed on our Testimonials Page.

Equal Sound

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2012 Workshop at Hunslett Carr - Playing to assembled group

Our current project is entitled “Equal Sound” We have been developing our workshop model to take into the community. We have successfully led two workshops in Leeds Primary schools with equal emphasis on two factors – Music and creativity and the promotion of disability equality. The workshops have gone really well and our work is proving to produce amazing results.

2012 Workshop at Hunslett Carr - Talking to Shehnaaz

We restart our regular meetings in September 2012 after our well earned Summer break.

2012 Hunslet Carr Workshop - James and inquisitive child