Imaginary Landscapes

Imaginary Landscapes is a new suite of works created by members of the Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning ensemble Future Band, who are a group of young people from Waltham Forest aged 8 -14.

Over the course of a series of workshops in Waltham Forest, the ensemble worked with guest artists Detta Danford and Natasha Zielazinski, students from the Guildhall School and instrumental teachers from Waltham Forest Music Service to capture field recordings, soundings in the environment, and improvised and composed musical and sonic content inspired by our local area. Together they explored Orford Road, the Walthamstow marshes, Epping Forest and St. Mary's churchyard. 

The result is an installation which encourages visitors to take a moment away from the other sights and sounds of the Garden Party and to enter a reflective listening space where they can contemplate the world at a slower pace, imagining the new worlds and possibilities that emerge from seemingly familiar places and spaces. 

We invite you to listen and close your eyes as we take these sounds for a walk....

Future Band is a creative, collaborative ensemble made up of 20-30 young musicians aged 8 -14 from across East London, led by composer - performers Natasha Zielazinski and Detta Danford.

During holiday time the band comes together for 2 or 3 day projects to create new music from scratch; to think, compose, interpret and play. The musical identity of the group reflects the personality and creative voice of every band member, as well as taking inspiration from musicians and artists from all over the globe. Over the past 8 years Future Band has performed at Barbican and beyond, including the Vortex Jazz Club in Dalston, Union Chapel and the Olympic Park.

If you would like to find out more about Future Band, please email [email protected]


Image © Natasha Zielazinski