After self-funding small concerts for eight years, Contakt is aiming to put on some large-scale events with artists from different fields .

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On 7th Mar 2016 we successfully raised £2,970 of £2,500 target with 64 supporters in 28 days

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We will use this to record the whole event and make a DVD, which we'll use to fund and promote another similar event.

Contakt has staged 11 self-funded events over the past eight years, including collaborations with invited artists, but Soundmarks is an ambitious arts project on a grand scale, and we are looking for funding to create this unique and exciting event.

Soundmarks is a modern ‘variety show’, which will take place on Sunday, 20 March 2016 at the beautiful, refurbished Hoxton Hall in Hackney, east London. The event will be organized by Contakt, the contemporary music ensemble and will include 30 guest artists.

The event has two sections: a series of events between 1pm and 5pm in various spaces throughout the building (including the theatre, foyer, bar and several smaller rooms); and a concert in the evening in the theatre.

Soundmarks explores the significance of place in music and our collective and individual lives, by bringing together over 30 musicians (instrumentalists, singers), poets, dancers, and visual artists to explore soundworlds from contemporary classical to Bengali music, African-Cuban to Middle –Eastern genres, electro-acoustic sound to video projections and other visual arts.

The artists involved in the project are:

     Shamim Azad – poet and story teller with Yousuf Ali Khan – tabla player

     Janet Oates – composer and singer with CoMA Singers:

               Gordon Banner, Katie Boot, Imogen Dyer, Jill House,

               John McCleod, Sonja Mes, Page Starr, Elizabeth Dobson


     Daniel Figols – composer and Ilse Ikse – flautist


     Isabel White – performance poet with:

               Robin Pilcher – performance poet

               James Hodgson - performance poet

               Cassandra Matthews – Guitar/Lute

               Sabina Virtosu - violin

               Emma O’Rourke – designer

               Irene Wernli – dancer, choreographer


     Jerry Wigens – composer, bass clarinet with:

               Rosie Bergonzi – percussion

               Evie O’Driscoll – cello

               Dylan Bates - bongos


     CoMA Winds:

               Emily Nevins - flute

               Adam Lewin - clarinet

               Karen Burnell - tenor horn

               Ian Mitchell - bass clarinet


     Jatin Shah – photographer

     Paula Newbery – artist

     Marjorie Lazaro – poet

     Karen Fodor - mezzo-soprano

     Sally J Davies - soprano


     Kerry Andrews (Contakt) – composer, cello

     Karen Burnell (Contakt) – tenor horn

     Paul Burnell (Contakt) – oboe

     Deborah Edwards (Contakt) – composer

     Derek Foster (Contakt) – composer, vibes





For a taster of what Contakt has done in the past and to listen to extracts of our music, visit our website:



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