Boom is OCM's annual professional development scheme for music / sound practitioners and producers.

Boom is OCM’s annual professional development scheme for music / sound artists / musicians and producers who are interested in creating and presenting inspiring contemporary music or sound based work outside of the concert hall and gallery (i.e. in unconventional spaces, outdoors, and in the digital realm). The scheme supports the development of artists (at any stage of their career) who are passionate about engaging with large and diverse audiences with contemporary performance, digital practice and installation work.

This year's Boom Fellows are:

Hannah Fredsgaard

Hannah Fredsgaard is a Danish-born Oxford based composer, songwriter and audio producer and podcaster with a passion for cross arts collaboration and storytelling through sound and music.

She is driven by a curiosity towards stories and sounds that shape who we are, and how we relate to our surroundings. Hannah is also inspired by moments of imagination and potential in the mundane like a left behind shoe at a train station, a peculiar rhythm in an old nursery rhyme or a surprisingly singable line from the newspaper. Hannah’s work engages audiences in unconventional ways by picking out the strange and charmed in the everyday through captivating stories that activate people’s imagination. 

hannahfredsgaardjones.com

Instagram @hannahfredsgaard

Twitter @HFredsgaard

 

Joshua Le Gallienne

Joshua Le Gallienne is a non-binary British artist exploring the materiality of acoustic sound in an artistic context. Through sculpture, installation, and performance, the artist stages intimate experiences that explore the relationships between sound, physical materials and environmental phenomena. Since 2012, Joshua’s work has been regularly exhibited and presented in the UK and internationally; operating primarily outside of a traditional gallery context. In 2019, Joshua was the recipient of The Auxiliary’s Sonic Arts Emerging Artist Exhibition Award, and received Sound and Music’s Francis Chagrin Award in 2020. Their work is unmediated and mostly undocumented, in line with this the artist has no website or online presence.

 

Marcus Joseph

Marcus is a musician and spoken word artist and his sound can be described as a warm fusion of Jazz, Reggae, Hip-Hop and Contemporary Music. He is developing the Jazz Paradigm, an immersive VR experience that weaves together graphic novel aesthetics and video game interactive narrative with themes of freedom, oppression and creativity through storytelling, music and spoken word. Marcus already performs in his own virtual Jazz Club in AltspaceVR, a club where people from around the world can visit, meet and listen to jazz and spoken word performances. 

Marcus was commissioned by 2Funky Arts in October 2021 as part of  Black History month and Still I Rise midlands tour to create a performance theme that expressed his own experiences of the turbulent times shaped by Black Lives Matter and/or the disproportionate impact of Covid-19.

His debut album Beyond the Dome was released earlier this year on the Jazz Refreshed label.

marcusjosephsax.com

Instagram @marcusjosephsax

 

Simone Seales & Rylan Gleave

Simone and Rylan’s collaboration is improvisation-based, with divergent sound at its core. Intersectionality, neurodiversity, race, sexuality, and transness are integral to their practice, and they want to create live performances in diverse and unusual spaces as a way of exploring Queering music, gender, physicality, ritual, and how their trans bodies are in space.

Originally from Florida, Simone Seales is a Glasgow-based cellist who completed their postgraduate studies at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2021. They focus on free improvisation (both tonal and atonal) and devising music for theatre. Simone is passionate about exploring sound, how sound can reflect emotional states of being and how emotions are embodied.

Their creative influences come from Black feminist leaders such as Audre Lorde, Assata Shakur and Angela Davis. Within Simone's creative work, they centre Blackness, sexuality, intersectional feminism and anti-racism.

simoneseales.com

Instagram @simone.cello


Rylan Gleave is a Leith-based composer and vocalist whose musical practice involves mending the unfeigned gaps in his classical voice study with the healings of imaginative neuro-/gender-divergent kinship. Re-emerging as a composer/performer, his work explores the instrumental qualities of his late-breaking trans-masc voice through queer autoethnography, and autistic-specific notation. His compositions have been praised as ‘haunting’ by The Herald, and ‘rapturous’ by The Scotsman, who named him ‘One to Watch’ 2021, describing him as ‘one of the brightest lights in Scotland’s new music scene’.

rylangleave.com

Twitter @GleaveRylan

Instagram @rylangleave

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OCM is a PRS Foundation Talent Development Partner and Boom would have not been possible without them. 

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Past BOOM artists/producers were:

Charlotte Marlow

Fionnuala Dorrity

Liminal Creative (Lousie Cole & Carl Cole)

Calum Perrin

Emily Jones

Rie Nakajima

Nicholas O’Brien

Steve Urquhart

Breathing Space

Iain Chambers 

Sarah Nicolls

Tim Hill

Mike Blow

Errollyn Wallen

Kate Halsall

Kate Romano

Sam Underwood

Kathy Hinde

Emma Smith

Eleanor Hooper

DIM Productions (Esther Tew & Harriet Wallis)

 

Photo credits: Fionnuala Dorrity - Wesley Storey