Why do we always need to blame someone when things go wrong? We have been doing it since the dawn of time, but why? What even is blame? After a year of watching politicians scapegoating entire communities or setting people up to take the fall for future problems, and considering the role of blame in justice and forgiveness, double bass player Emma Smith and percussionist Phil Hague use music and visuals to explore this modern addiction.
Emma Smith studied double bass at the Royal College of Music where she was trained in classical double bass technique and repertoire. Building on the language of classical music, and exploring the story-telling aspect of folk music from different parts of the world, Emma has forged a career as a versatile composer, improviser and collaborator.
Hailing from Edinburgh Phil Hague began so called ‘classical’ percussion lessons at school whilst also playing in indie bands around town. His lessons opened his ears the vast world of percussive sounds and timbres to make music with and his studies continued at the then Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. Phil has subsequently established himself as a leading figure on the freelance scene in Scotland and performs regularly with organisations such as the RSNO, BBCSSO, SCO and Scottish Ballet Orchestras.
- Saturday 28th May: Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin, Derry
- Sunday 29th May: Black Box (Green Room), Belfast
Venue: Black Box, 8-22 Hill St, Belfast BT1 2LA
Date: 29 May 2022