”This is a fantastic project that stood out from the other entries by placing Disabled musicians at the heart of both the instrument development and creative processes”
During this year’s NIME, The International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression, we participated through composer Patricia Alessandrini, artist and musician Freida Abtan, musician Peter Larsson and chief executive Sophia Alexandersson. They gave a presentation of the work behind our production Mondgewächse, and we are so happy and grateful to announce that the project received the NIME Accessibility Award!
Thank you Drake Music, NIME and everyone involved!
The Award Citation Reads:
This is a fantastic project that stood out from the other entries by placing Disabled musicians at the heart of both the instrument development and creative processes, combining accessible technology and performance in a way that was both sophisticated and compelling.
The commitment to collaborative practice was admirable and the flexibility and imagination in the interface design, unhindered by traditional ideas of what an instrument can be, really pushed the boundaries of music making and the aesthetics of access.
It was also particularly important to us that an interview with Peter Larsson, one of the Disabled musicians involved in the project, was included in the presentation materials, the voice of Disabled People is clearly heard.
All in all, a wonderful and transformative project. Congratulations. I wish I could be with you to party!
John Kelly, Tim Yates and The Drake Music Panel.
25 July, 2020