CREATION THROUGH COLLABORATION
Drum The Bass is an arts organisation in the UK that specialises in creating exciting new collaborations across cultures & genres. Our projects have included brass bands, Indian & western classical, jazz, electronic, urban, large ensembles and youth & adult composition with cutting edge albums, epic performances, great reviews & awards. If you have an exciting idea or collaboration we are happy to talk.
YCC - CELEBRATING LBoC
A celebration & showcase of Croydon’s young musical talent. A diversely talented group of young musicians will perform original compositions created by the Young Croydon Composers over the last two years. Collaborating with Croydon Music & Arts orchestra & choir, Croydon Academy of Eastern Arts choir and Rap Club they will also perform 3 specially commissioned pieces for 'This is Croydon' London Borough of Culture 2023, composed by award-winning musicians Shri Sriram & Dennis Rollins.
Performances are at Front Room on 22.12.23 & Fairfield Halls on 23.03.24
22.12.2023 - Performance at Front Room
23.03.2024 - Performance at Fairfield Halls
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
YCC - BRADFORD & LEEDS
YCC travels out of Croydon. We have partnered with Bradford Music Education Hub & South Asian Arts UK to create a new chapter of cross cultural, cross genre collaborative composition, arrangement & performance project for young musicians (14-19) in Bradford & Leeds.
The project will be conducted at Titus Salt School, Saltaire & will rehearse to perform at Victoria Halls in Bradford & a venue in Leeds (venue & date TBC) in February 2024.
23.02.2024 - Performance at Victoria Hall
Date TBC - Performance in Leeds (venue TBC)
CHECK OUT THE VIDEO & CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
ABOUT DRUM THE BASS
Drum The Bass (DTB) is a creative arts organisation based in the UK by Project producer Shirin Sriram and musician / composer / producer Shri Sriram. The company was initially setup to release and support Shri’s albums and live performance tours all over the world.
In 2014 Shri had a brainwave after a discussion with Yorkshire based drummer Marc Layton Bennett who introduced him to the world of Yorkshire brass bands. Shri and Shirin took this idea to the Arts Council, supported by Supriya Nagarajan from Manasamitra and John Cummings of Serious. The ground breaking, award winning project ‘Just A Vibration’ (JAV) was born and Shri went on to formulate & compose for this project with Hammonds Saltaire brass band, sitar player Jasdeep Degun, drummer Marc Layton-Bennett and arranger Ben Castle. JAV performed all over the UK, including EFG London Jazz Festival, Shambala festival, Freedom festival and Gateshead Gem Arts festival.
JAV made waves in the British brass band world and Shri went on to win a BASCA (now Ivors) British Composer Award for this project. Shirin went further to create a youth arm of JAV in partnership with Bradford Music Education Hub, South Asian Arts-UK and Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (HCMF) to create ‘Just A Vibration - Learning & Participation’ an epic performance featuring around 70 youth & adult musicians.
Post a JAV performance at Shambala festival, Shri and Shirin re-connected with music business consultant Michael Fuller, of Association of Independent Music (AIM), who expressed his interest in working on a community project in Croydon. Shirin loved the idea and in discussions with Shri and Michael the cross genre composition project Croydon Composers was born. They invited musicians from a wide range of genres and cultures in Croydon to collaboratively compose and perform original compositions. This further led to Young Croydon Composers who Shri composed for, a cross-arts project with Dance umbrella and rewarding & lasting relationship with Croydon Music & Arts who they continue to work in partnership with till date.
After the first Young Croydon Composers (YCC) project in 2018, some of the young musicians expressed an interest in creating music themselves. This led to the current version of YCC, mentored by Shri Sriram & award winning jazz musician / educator / trombonist Dennis Rollins MBE where young people work in groups or bands and collaboratively create an original composition, record it professionally, make a music video, rehearse & perform to audiences. Videographer Antonio Lewis creates the music & performance videos and Michael Fuller mentors the young people on copyright, income streams & general music business.
TELL US WHAT YOU THINK & HOW WE'RE DOING