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Brunel Music Student’s Performance – Open Ears (Cont)

So last time out I told you about the first half of my experience at Open Ears, a performance by first-year Brunel music students. I had a great time, but still didn’t quite know just how awesome my night was going to be…

The highlight of my enlightening night came in the room seven. The lucky number indeed. A group calling themselves Band of Dreams most definitely lived up to their name, producing a chilled and flowing sound, so soothing I couldn’t help but close my eyes to appreciate the music more clearly.

I was transported to a hazy dreamscape, where the trivial exited my mind and all I could seem to think about was the music itself and an array of the people I love. It was humblingly understated beauty.

At this point I was very glad I had came, and more importantly stayed. I originally showed up just to support a friend in her group (the jazz band I spoke about earlier), but the quality of performances convinced me to stick about. What a good decision that was.

Yet once again the mood would change and I felt an all new type of awe. The penultimate performance was Adam. Adam simply sat in a room, with an electric guitar and an amp. He let his playing do the talking, and shit did it speak a thousand words.

I’m no guitar aficionado, but I’ve never seen someone so expertly manipulate 6 strings. It was a real technical masterclass. Adam is certainly not going to be hard for work in the future.

The show finished on a high, too, with the country-esque quartet known as The Attfields. Perhaps the most customary style of music performance that night, you could certainly see these for playing at festivals or on a prime time chat show on a Friday night.

They had great technical performances, good composition and excellent vocals. If they had a record in stores, I’d buy it. Pretty much the highest praise needed right? The perfect package to sum up an enjoyable evening of music and leave everyone happy.

So there I was, in the same group of rooms I sit in three or four times a week, yet in a place I’ve never seen before. I entered expecting some good music and mostly to support my friend in her performance; I left having weathered a tidal wave of different and unexpected emotions, but ultimately very happy I turned up.

Next time there’s a student music show, I’ll definitely be in attendance. But more importantly, next time I enter the Antonin Artaud building, I’ll do so looking at it in a different way than I ever have before.


Brunel Music Student’s Performance – Open Ears

Brunel’s Antonin Artaud building. For me, a structure that conjures up thoughts of hard news, deep study and radio broadcasts. Not the most romantic of connotations for a building to have, but it’s where I have most of my lectures, so that’s natural.

But last night, a Wednesday (5th of March if you must know), I stepped in to the Artaud building as I have dozens of times before, yet this time I found myself in a totally different place.

I found myself in a Latin festival, crowds of people smiling and dancing on the street. I found myself at the end of the world, watching society crumble whilst hard electronic beats pound through the air. I found myself recollecting sorrowful memories, drifting off in to a kaleidoscopic trance, and sitting slack-jawed at the feet of a prodigy soon to be unleashed upon the world.

Well, I’m clearly lying to your face. I did none of those things. Not in real life, anyway. I did, however, have eleven groups of first year students open my eyes (and ears) to the creativity and skill that can unknowingly lie right next me at any point in time.

I’m talking about Open Ears, a series of performances by Brunel’s newest music students. The eleven groups, between one and five performers each, were shown to the audience one after the other. Or rather, we were shown to them.

Each group performed in a different room that the crowd had to walk to between performances, giving the show an art gallery feel. It also allowed a mixture of totally different and eclectic styles to not feel jarring when heard back-to-back.

The show started in enigmatic fashion, as the spectres of Howl haunted the corner of a darkly lit space. The mood would soon change, however, as pulsing beats began to reverberate across the room. They were soon tempered by a range of traditional African percussion, performed through a tablet MPC.

Powerful visuals – the only ones used throughout the evening – accompanied the bassy sounds; each perfectly synergizing the other to increase the potency of both. Quite the way to start a show.

Locitos totally changed the mood in the second room, a Latin jazz band comprising piano, guitar and trumpet. It was the most pure fun of the night, heads bopping and toes tapping throughout the audience. Everyone left with a smile, and isn’t that what music should be all about?

On and on we were shifted, most performances with at least something a non-trained ear such as mine could appreciate (barring the bizarre moment where we had to wait in a hallway whilst piercing static screeched out of a small kitchen. Pretention doesn’t even do the half of it.) Honourable mention goes to Saturn – particularly their enthusiastic drummer – and the sombre and emotive melodies of Miwa and J.

As great as my experience was so far, though, little did I know the most meaningful part of my night was yet to come…

Exclusive Hip Hop Dance Documentary on Campus

Tonight Brunel University will host an exclusive screening of ‘Everything Remains Raw: Hip Hop Dance in Context’, the first ever public presentation of the documentary.

The film, directed by Moncell ‘Ill Kozby’ Durden, has been in the making for seven years and focuses on the evolution and cultural heritage of street and social dance. The show, starting at 7.30pm, is free to enter in Brunel’s Indoor Athletics Centre as part of the weekend-long ‘Pioneers: History of Dance’ event. After the screening, Mr Durden himself will be hosting a live talk. Spaces are limited, however, so organisers are urging spectators to register in advance.


The ‘PHD’ event has a range of activities taking place from today through to Sunday 3rd. MCs, DJs, dance crews, charities, clothing brands and more are set to offer students weekend-long entertainment, with names including American dance quartet Elite Force Crew, Kane FM, Dance Aid and Chief Rocka along with Mr Durden and others.

Besides Everything Remains Raw, Elite Force Crew will be the biggest attraction at PHD, this being the first time all four members will appear in the UK together. Bobby Mileage, part of the New York crew, said: “We are the first crew to travel the world dancing. We’re trying to big up street dance culture. Street dance always gets the most views, now it’s time to get the most money. We’re changing the game.” Elite Force Crew also claim to be the first dance crew to get their own sneakers made from Nike.

A full listing of times and events can be found at the PHD website, and the campus nightclub Academy is also hosting a PHD event on the night of Saturday 2nd for £10 advanced entry.