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INTRODUCING: Our Founder and Artistic Director, Jack Jones

Updated: Oct 23, 2022

INTRODUCING is a blog series where you can learn more about the people that make The Listening Project what it is.

I studied classical music at an established and historic conservatoire and was drawn to the world of classic performance as a career. However, a lot of my passions before studying lay in Popular, Jazz and New Music. David Bowie and Laurie Anderson have always been icons to me!

After a good few years trying to fit into a category I thought I should be in, I decided to break my shackles and focus my energies on the performance of music that really resonated with me.

Upon this shift in priorities, I was immersed in a world of Frank Zappa, Anna Meredith, Laurie Spiegel and Steve Martland.

Often, the term ‘new music’ can have people running for cover. There’s a great book by the author David Stubbs called Fear of Music: Why People Get Rothko But Don’t Get Stockhausen, which questions why you can have so many people wandering around Tate Modern embracing avant-garde and experimental art but by contrast, the same audience can often be more resistant to New Music.

The Listening Project aims to break down those barriers and fears around the performance of New Music.

It is a strongly held belief of mine that New Music has the potential to create tangible connections between communities. This is becoming all the more important as we evolve and grow as people and a wider society.

We’re always looking for new ways to innovate and create groundbreaking performances that people want to come and watch, leaving audiences from all backgrounds with a sense of fulfilment and joy.

The Listening Project is an ambitious vehicle that is growing day by day into something really exciting. Come with us.

It’s for everyone.

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