Last night, we cut short our usual Project X Meeting at the Spotted Dog a little (it doesnt usually finish until closing time) – to catch the end of Galvanise, an event at the Yardbird put on by a group called ABC (Artists Being Creative).
In their own words, Artists Being Creative are “an artistic networking group based in the Midlands. It’s an artistic hub where artists of all genres can advertise their work, collaborate with other artists, learn new skills and further their careers.”
Sensing a kindred spirit (as this mission statement would work pretty well for the the similar aspect of Project X Presents) I was keen to check out their activities and establish some contact.
Galvanise was advertised as a creative jam and featured around 30 acts between 7.30pm and midnight – so quite a creative marathon and hard work for Harley on sound. I caught a two piece guitar band and a great Conservatoire based jazz trio on Keyboard (the keys player was particularly good), bass and drums with MC’s and later a singer getting up in turn to imrpovise some vocals. As you’d expect with improvised stuff it was a little hit and miss at times, but for some good stretches it was every bit as inspirational as the organisers would have hoped.
From their Facebook group page I glean that ABS are also planning a Summer Arts Festival in Digbeth – if you want to know more, please email Miriam Edwards.
They also run Ignite – a very nicely put together monthly online magazine which is well worth checking out.