During the graduation show Headliners 2018 (Masters of the Frank Mohr Insitute), I performed daily with my electronic gloves and Kinect in the former sugar factory in Groningen.
You are all invited to my upcoming group exhibition Corpora in Sign Gallery from April 18th to May 18th. We will show recent works, but we will also develop new works on the spot during the month. The theme is about bodies, where my interactive music installation fits nicely. As a visitor you can make music with intuitive body movements. In the weekend of May 12th/13th there is an event with performances, where I will perform with the installation and my voice.
On December 16th I performed on a boat during Winterwelvaart festival in Groningen together with three singer-songwriters.
I was exited to be invited to play one of my songs with a string orchestra (JOG). Charles Belfor, a composer & cellist, made an arrangement for a string orchestra from one of my songs Rainforest Light. I was a bit nervous at first, because musically I’m not so well trained to be able to lead or guide an orchestra ;-). But luckily this wasn’t my job for this collaboration. Charles told me he was going to arrange everything, and I could let myself be surprised by the result. Which was really nice, I was curious what he would make from it. And when I got together with the orchestra, I noticed it turned out beautifully.
Still interested in body and movement. Longing for more precision: gloves in combination with Kinect? It’s always a search for a balance between freedom and restriction. What is authentic? Pre-recorded samples?
I was honoured when Marc Bijl invited me to perform in the midst of his exhibition “Zeitgeist” during Amsterdam Art Weekend in Upstream Gallery. His exhibition was all about the contemporary media landscape and its political diffusion. In his opinion today’s information overload in the media causes everything to be vague and blurry. Not only can I really relate to this theme, my music has the same kind of ambience, so my performance and this exhibition seemed a good fit:
During her performance on the 25th of November in Upstream Gallery during Amsterdam Art Weekend, her music will be about the contemporary abundance of information in the media, and about her personal experience with its effects. With synthesizer sounds, deep bass, beats, reverberating vocals and nature sounds, she creates an ambient, dreamy and spiritual atmosphere. By looping and distorting her voice, she gives expression to overflows, ambiguity and increasing indistinctions. (Upstream Gallery: http://www.upstreamgallery.nl/news/367/performance-by-kayleigh-beard-during-amsterdam-art-weekend)
During MADtech’s 10-day visit to New York, I performed six songs at Sunnyvale in Brooklyn NYC:
Helping Richard Bolhuis with building up his performance in a church
Today I joined Richard’s team to help with his performance and see and learn from how he does things. I find his work and vision very inspiring, so I thought it could be valuable to see his ways of working.
Every year a performance by Richard is organised in a church in a small village called Oostum. It is a magical place, very beautiful, in the countryside, with a very small church.
Below are some videos of my 40 minute performance at Taribush Kuna festival:
During the opening of the exhibition “Grow” in De Nieuwe Kolk in Assen I performed a very new, unfinished work-in-progress: “To Become a Child, No More”. This exhibition is part of the ‘Work in Progress II: The Sequel’, in which groups of students from the Frank Mohr Institute work in shifts in the exhibition space and build up on the works of the other student groups.
During the event The World We Live In, in the Prins Claus Conservatory Groningen on May 20, I performed a 30 minute set with the songs:
- A Stranger’s Shadow
- My Hunters Lead the Way
- Human Dissonance
- Beyond the Puddle
During my last WhatMatters session I was encouraged to perform more frequently. In this way I can try and experiment with things that feel right to me in my music making. I also thought it was about time to start performing more for audiences outside of the Frank Mohr institute. Besides, for a while Jip and I wanted to organise a vegan potluck event (everyone brings in food and we share it all together). We thought it was an excellent opportunity to combine these two events and this is how I gathered an audience of vegan students for my performance last Wednesday.
But during the preparations I suddenly didn’t feel comfortable anymore about this performance. First of all, I received the comment from people who know my music: “your music is not suitable as some dinner background tunes.” Moreover, the setting was a bit strange, because my audience was attending because of the dinner, not necessarily because of the music. I started feeling really awkward because of this. But I told myself it would be a good opportunity to practice regularly and try out a new thing for me:
This Wednesday I performed a new piece called “Mutations” at the Minerva Theatre. This is my first experiment with visuals to my music.
From the 30th of January until the 5nd of February I participated in the annual “Music Makers Hacklab” in Berlin, as part of Club TransMediale Festival (CTM). The hacklab was facilitated by artists Byrke Lou and Peter Kirn, and was hosted by Native Instruments. “The hacklab is a collaborative, improvisatory, experimental environment for working together to conceive and realise new ideas in a week of intensive activity.”