There has been much happening for the Tinderbox Collective in recent months, with the announcement of their film score course within the Edinburgh International Film Festival programme and also becoming a regular funding receiver from Creative Scotland. Certainly much to keep them rapturous.
The Fountain spoke with Luci Holland from the collective and Sam Irvine (plays Alto Sax) and Sunny Yoon (Cello) about the new plans and their favourite gigs to date.
TF: I recently saw the Tinderbox Orchestra perform with Kathryn Joseph, who were quite wonderful, who are the orchestra?
Sam: The Tinderbox Orchestra are a group of young musicians, ages around 13-25!
Sunny: Imagine a quite wonderful family turns up at your hidden door for an eclectic cottage jam.
TF: And what is the premise behind the orchestra?
Sam: The premise behind the orchestra is not only to help young musicians develop their technical abilities on an instrument, but to inspire young people (and our audiences!) with an eclectic range of musical styles, help young people meet other musicians with similar interests, and most importantly, provide a safe space for young musicians to develop musically and personally.
Sunny: None. Till you’re ready to release all pent-up pre-concepts for what flows, collects, connects where goes, no classical dams given, wring on the driven. Everyone’s imperfectly possible.
TF: And you guys must have seen some great achievements to date, do you want to name a few?
Sam: There have been many fantastic moments over the years! A definite highlight was playing to a packed Usher Hall for The Dalai Lama back in 2012. Also, recording and releasing our debut album ‘Tinderbox’ last year, which we were lucky enough to be able to take on tour, was a massive achievement for Tinderbox.
Sunny: Helping Hidden Door revive a long-derelict theatre into one of Edinburgh’s rad-dest arts venues, releasing our debut album, collabbing with Black Diamond Express and two Album of the Year winners Kathryn Joseph and DaWangGang, and this year, receiving funding from Creative Scotland and shortlisted for the Epic Awards 2018 from Voluntary Arts Scotland.
TF: What is new for the orchestra – word through the grapevine is that you are creating more cinematic music?
Sam: Indeed! We have just launched a brand new film course for the Orchestra beginning in April where we will compose brand new music for two short films which will be performed live at the Edinburgh International Film Festival on the 29th June.
Sunny: Yass, Edinburgh International Film Fest, two films of our choice’s OSTs will be re-mastered – Friday 29th June – *no spoilers* – stay tuned.
TF: Are we likely to see you perform soon?
Luci: Yes – we’re very excited to be collaborating with the entrancing Sink, performing an improvised work at the Edinburgh Science Festival on the 14th April at Inverleith House!
TF: Which has been your favourite gig to date?
Sam: It’s difficult to look past the Dalai Lama performance, however, another great gig for me was our album launch at Hidden Door Festival last summer. We managed to sell out Leith Theatre which was very exciting, as well as getting the chance to play with the phenomenal Kathryn Joseph, who I was a massive fan of prior to the collaboration!
Sunny: Our album launch night last year bringing Hidden Door’s music festival to a finale in the newly refurbished Leith Theatre with fifty plus of us on stage & a virtually sold-out audience having a major rave.
For more on the film course and forthcoming gigs click here.