ROCK MUSIC. ROCK ART Lolui Island, Lake Victoria, Uganda. Four rock gongs have been silent for generations. February 2007. A group of musicians comprising members of the London Sinfonietta, five Ugandan master musicians and composer Nigel Osborne, along with sculptor Peter Randall-Page, travel to the island, accessible only by a seven-hour boat journey through dangerous waters. Their aim is bring life back to the rock gongs, natural rock formations that possess unique sonic properties found in only a few places on Earth. During the trip the gongs were digitally sampled to allow the sounds to be transported first to Kampala and ultimately back to the UK. They became the basis of a remarkably powerful musical collaboration. This autumn the London Sinfonietta welcomes the Lead Musicians of Uganda Dance Academy - Bernard Kayiggya, Samuel Bakkabulindi, Hakim Kiwanuka, Robert Lubanga, and Mathias Muwonge – to London for the culmination of this two-year collaboration. In a mini-festival of music, talk, dance and art - the first at the newly opened Kings Place - audiences will have the opportunity to hear the results of this remarkable meeting of Western and African cultures. Events during the week will include concerts, drumming workshops, exhibitions, talks, films and a club night. The final concert will feature the world premiere of Rock Music by Nigel Osborne – a London Sinfonietta commission - alongside music by leading Ugandan composer Justinian Tamasuza and rising British star Tansy Davies. Promoted by London Sinfonietta in association with Kings Place Music Foundation. Supported by the British Council, Ruwenzori Sculpture Foundation, Moose Foundation for the Arts, and London Sinfonietta Kings Place Campaign supporters. Art for Change. Music, a force for good? The Ugandan Story. Hall One 7.30pm An evening of music, discussion and film curated by the London Sinfonietta and the Guardian. Jon Snow, presenter of Channel 4 News, chairs a debate on the role music can play in effecting social change, with particular reference to the London Sinfonietta’s visit to Lolui Island and the village of Katine, in eastern Uganda, where the Guardian and Barclays are supporting a major rural development project. The panel for this discussion will include composer Nigel Osborne (who has run several music projects in war-torn countries including Bosnia and the Middle East), Grace Mukasa (AMREF UK’s Head of Programmes and Advocacy), sculptor Rungwe Kingdon (Pangolin Editions), musicologist Peter Cooke, and music critic Robin Denselow (Guardian). Programme Introduction Lead Musicians of Uganda Dance Academy (15’) Short film: Music in Katine (10’) Debate Music, a force for good? The Ugandan Story (60’) Interval (20 minutes) Your admission ticket includes a free drink served during the interval Documentary Film: Rock Music Rock Art (45’) Directed by Zuleika Kingdon Tonight’s contributors Jon Snow has been the face of Channel 4 News since 1989, but he isn’t just a presenter – he reports from around the world. His most notable first-hand reports include the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, the civil war in El Salvador, and more recently Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Iran and Iraq. He taught in Uganda in the late 1960s. Peter Cooke lived in Uganda during the mid-1960s when he trained music teachers and with them began researching Uganda’s vibrant musical traditions. He currently teaches ethnomusicology at Birmingham University where he is Honorary Fellow in the Institute of Advanced Research in Arts and Social Sciences and also Honorary Research Associate at the School of Oriental and African Studies. For a list of his writings on Ugandan music visit http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/petercooke/Bibliography.html. Robin Denselow Robin Denselow is a freelance television correspondent, producer and journalist. He has worked as a producer and correspondent on Panorama and Newsnight, specialising in international affairs and African politics. He also writes on world and folk music for The Guardian. He was the producer of the 2007 BBCFour series Brasil, Brasil and is the author of When The Music’s Over, a history of political pop. Rungwe Kingdon Rungwe Kingdon was brought up in Uganda. He and his wife Claude Koenig started their foundry, Pangolin Editions, in a garden shed in 1984. Working with some of the foremost artists of the late 20th and early 21st century, their foundry has grown into the largest sculpture foundry in Britain. Alongside casting they have also created galleries, a charitable foundation and sculpture park. They are active in commissioning books, films and exhibitions. Through collaborative partnership with sculptors they actively explore, research and develop art casting to further artists’ individual needs. Growing up in the tropics, working with art, wildlife and conservation they have been lured back to Africa as initiators of the Ruwenzori Sculpture Foundation a charity which helps artists create new work in Africa. Grace Mukasa joined AMREF in 2008, coming from VSO where she was Head of Programmes for Africa. Grace is Ugandan, and has worked previously in Uganda as Director for Programme Development for Save the Children Norway; Programme Manager for Plan International and Executive Director of ACFODE, a leading women’s organisation promoting women rights and gender policy. Grace has an MA in Gender & Development and a Post Graduate Diploma in Planning & Management. Nigel Osborne studied composition with Kenneth Leighton (his predecessor as Reid Professor of Music at Edinburgh), Egon Wellesz (the first pupil of Arnold Schoenberg), Witold Rudzinski and at the Polish Radio Experimental Studio, Warsaw. His works have been featured in most major international festivals and are performed by many leading orchestras and ensembles around the world. Nigel has pioneered the use of music in therapy and rehabilitation for children who are victims of conflict, and is consultant for programmes in the Balkans, Caucasus, Africa and the Middle East.