From Out a Darker Sea

So Percussion

Brooklyn-based group So Percussion embark on a concert tour of five sacred spaces in former coal mining areas across England.

Saturday 2nd December 7.30pm

St George’s Church, Deal


For two centuries, the coal industry formed the backbone of many towns and cities across England. Entire communities sprang into existence as fervent mining activity fuelled the industrial revolution. Integrating art, narrative, photography, film and an original musical soundscape performed live, Sō Percussion capture the environment, personal stories, and aspirations of a community fighting against industrial decline in From Out a Darker Sea. From Out a Darker Sea is not about coal, but like everything in areas rooted in industrial, there are always traces of it presence.


This immersive audio-visual performance is inspired by the context and history of East Durham, an area which has struggled to reinvent itself after the crushing loss of its mining industry. Sō Percussion collaborated with film and photography collective Amber Films on the creation of a new work, Song for Billy, which was developed from Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen’s photographic series The Coal Coast and features as part of the performance. From Out a Darker Sea premiered at St John’s Church, Seaham in August 2016 and tours former coal mining areas, from Derby to Deal, this year.


Artist-run film co-operative FilmBee will collaborate with Sacred Spaces Network Project partners in each touring location to engage local people in an education programme that explores the themes and ideas within From Out a Darker Sea. Local community groups, schools and institutions will work with FilmBee to create video portraits that accompany Sō Percussion’s performances.


Sō Percussion is a four-piece ensemble based in Brooklyn, New York, who have gained international recognition for their original compositions, percussion performances and education projects. So Percussion creates and presents new collaborative works to adventurous and curious audiences and educational initiatives to students, while providing meaningful service to its communities in order to exemplify the power of music to unite people and forge deep social connections.


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Tickets £10.00 Under 16’s free


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