It’s likely that our lovely little village has never seen the likes of musical experimentation that took place with Sophie Cooper & Delphine Dora and guests last Friday, 21st of April. And the response was overwhelmingly positive. The evening was described as surreal and magical. The improvisational format may be familiar for those in the contemporary music scene, but even attendees who felt the boundaries of their comfort zone pushed said they were glad they came. At the end of the night we felt excited about the kind of place – and community – that we are creating around Greywood Arts.
The show began upstairs, with a collaborative improvisation between Sohpie, Delphine, Cork based musicians Roslyn Steer and Declan Synnott, plus Wille Stewart & Natalia Beylis of Hunters Moon Festival fame. Musicians were on the periphery, while the audience was invited to sit in the centre. This flowed seamlessly into a set by Deccie and then another by Roslyn.
During the break, we shifted downstairs to the Library. Food and drink were served in the dining room, and at some point the dogs were let in. All five of them…(ours + guests.) Sophie & Delphine gathered words from the audience for Improv Charades, and created new instant hits like Girl, Horror and Biscuit, Flower. It was nice to have a bit of humour in the mix, though the on-the-spot compositions ranged from melancholy to cacophonous (in a good way!) Really, you’ll want to keep an ear out for when the album they recorded at Greywood Arts gets released.
Meanwhile, you can listen to a track Sophie & Delphine recorded at Greywood with guests Roslyn Steer, Elaine Howley & Helios Leon: Between the Reality
We are so grateful for the support we received and look forward to more nights like this in the future. Mark 1st of July on your calendars for our grand opening celebration.