Very pleased to be playing at Harborne Festival on Sunday. My brilliant band will be joining me, so it'll be a pretty cool set. We're playing at 11:30 and 1. There's no entry fee and some brilliant artists are playing during the festival, so come down and make a day of it!
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I recently scored a one-woman feminist feature film called Joanne, written and directed by Christopher Morrison, and it's premiere date has been announced. It will be showing at BIFFF (Brussels International Fantasy Film Festival) on April 10th, 8PM, in Cine3 at the Bozar. Joanne is an ambitious film and I really enjoyed scoring it, so if you're at the festival, go check it out.
More details are at http://www.bifff.net/program/joanne/
I'm excited to announce that Honey, a new play by Tiffany Hosking, is currently touring. I've worked with Tiff on several productions and am thrilled to have worked with her again on the score for Honey. Check it out at a show near you soon!
I'm very excited to share that my first ever music video is here! It's for a song called Here Is Love, and you can access it exclusively through a new app called Twirm. Twirm is seeking to redefine the music industry through artist focused, quality videos, that give everyone a chance to be heard- and gives you the chance to enjoy the best of undiscovered music across the world!
Download Twirm from www.twirm.com or through searching on the app store.
It's been a slightly quiet few months on announcements- but behind the scenes I'm working hard on two shorts, a web series, music library volumes, and a new EP, so there is stuff coming, and I'll share more about all of these projects soon! For now, if you'd like more regular updates, feel free to come find me on social media using the links at the bottom of the page.
Slightly belatedly- the score for Cups is up! Find it here: https://soundcloud.com/joanna-karselis/sets/cups-score
At the moment I'm busy writing music for a new music library and two shorts, Ground Rush and Death Is Just A Feeling. I'm also working away on the new EP and developing some music videos with a new app called Twirm.
For more regular updates, feel free to follow me on social media using the buttons at the bottom of the page.
Something new for you- the theme for TV show Between The Lines. I'm super excited for this show. It's currently in pre-production and will be in post towards the end of the year.
In other news, I've just finished scoring a film called Cups. Post-production will be finished in the next few weeks, and I'll share it with you all as soon as it's available!
I'm very excited that, after two years of post production, Classified Freaks will premiere tonight at 7pm GMT! Head over to the Facebook page to find more details on how to watch it via Youtube: https://www.facebook.com/classifiedfreaks/
(P.S.- I know I've been quiet on here recently, but there are several exciting projects on the go that I'm looking forward to sharing with you all over the coming months! Stay tuned, and for more regular updates, be sure to follow me on social media.)
The web series I've been scoring for the better part of the last year is finally going to be released! Classified Freaks Episode 1 will be broadcasting on the 24th of March at 7pm. It's the first production by director Shuhel Ahmed, and it's looking pretty great! Details are available here: https://www.facebook.com/classifiedfreaks/?fref=ts
So... I got a bit distracted at the end of the year and ran out of time to update things. Sorry! Here's a general update-
1) Instagram! I'm now on there. If you fancy seeing pictures I've taken, come find me!
2) Disavowed won two awards at Rack Festival; "Outside The Box" and "Audience Choice". To celebrate, selections from the score are now available here.
3) Biggest news last- I released a charity single in December! All profits from it are going to the Alzheimer's Society. The Alzheimer's Society are a cause very close to my heart, so I re-wrote one of my favourite carols, In The Bleak Midwinter, to raise money for them. It's a little past the season now, but if the January blues are making you fancy getting next year's Christmas music sorted, head to the link above and check it out.
Super psyched to be headlining the Sputnik Live gig on November 25th! Home Cafe, Birmingham, from 8pm. Going to be appearing with my friends Think Tank and Ticking Boxes for a few songs before the main set, so come check out what we do with wubby bass sounds.
It's finally here. Ocean is available right through this link! It's been a long time coming and I'm so excited to share it with you.
To celebrate, for the next week you can also get 50% off Journey On Home AND Journey on Home Bonus Edition. At the checkout, quote OCEAN for 50% off Journey On Home and OCEAN2 for 50% off the bonus edition.
As ever, if you enjoy the music, please please share it around and spread the word. Thank you so much for listening and reading, it means the world.
After a summer of recording and mixing, my new single Ocean will be out on Friday 28th of October! Many hours of work have gone into this project and I'm so excited about how this song is sounding. I'll post again when it's ready, but it'll be up at www.joannakarselis.bandcamp.com and available for the bargain price of £1. Check out the trailer for it below:
22nd October, 8pm
MAC link: https://macbirmingham.co.uk/event/the-magnetic-diaries
‘The Magnetic Diaries’ is an innovative reworking of Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary in a contemporary English setting, by Forward Prize highly-commended poet Sarah James of Droitwich. The troubled, adulterous heroine, Emma Bailey, battles with romantic idealism, illusions about love, a stifling middle-class lifestyle, boredom and depression; pushing her life and marriage to the brink.
In a year when nearly 1 in 4 English women (24%) report having had depression and while wide misunderstanding still fuels stigma and prejudice, Reaction Theatre Makers’ new show takes a fresh and compelling approach.
‘Highly Recommended’ by critics at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, ‘The Magnetic Diaries’ was described as “intensely moving” and the poetry as “divine. Rich, complex, visual, flowing and tumbling out with power and aliveness…” One reviewer wrote that the piece ‘‘shows how wondrous and creative life can be despite living with depression…”
Moving lyrical fragments, crafted poems from Emma’s diary, the warm prose of her husband’s voice and cool rationality of her doctor’s - together with subtle physical language and Joanna Karselis' compelling musical score conspire to make this solo show an immersive experience.
Thanks to funding from the Arts Council England, the atmospherically charged production, completes its national tour in Birmingham and London in October.
‘The Magnetic Diaries’ is playing at the Birmingham mac, on Saturday 22nd October, 8pm. Tickets £10 (£8 concs) are available from the Box Office on 0121 446 3232 or at www.macbirmingham.co.uk
I had a great time at the Fringe promoting The Magnetic Diaries and watching all the theatre possible (Fringe itineraries are no joke). It seems that other people enjoyed our work up there too; see this hot off the press review for more details!
Don't panic if you missed it in Edinburgh; it's touring!
2nd October, Bristol - Alma Theatre, 7pm
15th October, FEAST, Malvern Cube, 18.30 (I think)
22nd October, Birmingham mac , 8pm
24th October, The Vaults, London, 7.30pm
Check the venue websites for ticket details. Don't miss the last scheduled shows of this fantastic play!
The Old Crown, Digbeth | 11th September | Time TBC
After an exciting time at the Fringe and working on some new compositions, I'll be back on stage with a guitar in my hands at the Old Crown, Digbeth, on Sunday the 11th of September. Stage times aren't confirmed yet so keep an eye on my Facebook and Twitter for more details.
Not long until The Magnetic Diaries hits the Edinburgh Fringe! This one woman poetry play has received great feedback so far, and we're really excited to be bringing up to Scotland.
As you could have guessed, I wrote the music for the play. It's a microtonally-inspired smorgasbord of violin, piano and electronics.
Tickets are at https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/magnetic-diaries. I'm going to be heading up for a few days, so see you at one of the performances! And if you have any recommendations of what I should see, let me know!
***DON'T FORGET***- Gig this Friday at MAC Birmingham, from 6-7:30 pm!
MAC Birmingham | 6th August | 6pm
I'm slightly overexcited to SEE MYSELF ON THE MAC WEBSITE FOR THE FIRST TIME. The Midlands Art Centre is my spiritual home here in Birmingham, so to be playing there is super uber cool. It'll be outside if the weather is nice. I'll be playing a few new ones and a few old ones, and debuting my stunning new guitar (see below).
Details of all summer sessions at MAC are here https://macbirmingham.co.uk/event/summer-sessions-2016 It's a really great line up, so even if you miss my show, come check something else out!
First blog post, woo! I'll be updating this regularly with new music, screenings, announcements, things I like, etc.
To tell you what I'm doing at the moment, I'm currently working on mixing my new single, Ocean, and on the score for a new British web series called Classified Freaks. Both things will be available shortly, so more on that soon.
So, more soon!