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AYM: Elements, VocalLab & Mentoring | November

21 & 22 September 2019

AYM Elements: A Hidden Order

What would pattern sound like if interpreted as a rhythm or melody? How would music look if transposed into the visual realm? A Hidden Order presents a new artistic venture revealing the bonds between Art & Music, bringing to light an unforeseen unity that merges the worlds of Traditional Islamic Art & Western Contemporary Composition. The result of a long-term collaboration between composer Lee Westwood & geometer Sama Mara has culminated in this unique cross-disciplinary exhibition, taking on the forms of a collection of artworks, audio-visual performance, video installation and an interactive platform. The implementation of a pioneering new theory discovered by Sama Mara, allowing for pattern and music to inform each other directly, has enabled a unique creative process whereby geometric space is explored through musical composition.

AYM: VocalLab

This month’s VocalLab is led by Clare Wheeler.

VocalLab is AYM’s unique vocal resource. Although it is an ensemble made up of voices, VocalLab is much more than a choir! Instead, it is a Vocal Laboratory for AYMs to experiment with their voice, a platform for aural training which develops valuable musical skills and confidence in a relaxed and social environment. VocalLab provides opportunities for AYMs to lead, compose for and develop their own ensemble, using the instrument we all have in common – the voice. The ensemble encapsulates the AYM ethos of bringing an individual’s specific skills to the fore and applying them to a huge range of styles. Through exposure to music from all around the world, covering many centuries, Aldeburgh Young Musicians are encouraged to be versatile and able young musicians.


AYM Mentoring

This weekend is a Mentoring weekend: we are looking forward to welcoming our team of eleven mentors back to Snape Maltings for mentoring sessions.

About the artists

Lee Westwood

Described by the Musician’s Union as “one of the UK’s most exciting and versatile musicians”, Lee Westwood is a guitarist and composer whose wide-ranging output stems from a long-term tenacity for musical exploration. Far from ordinary, Lee’s works span from the Music-Geometry crossover of his multimedia exhibition ‘A Hidden Order’ to a vast back-catalogue of works for solo guitar; from headlining festival stages with Hip-Hop groups and Prog Folk acts to commissions from some of the UK’s leading soloists, ensembles and choirs.

Sama Mara

Sama Mara is an artist and geometer based in London. He was awarded the Barakat Trust Prize at the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts where he graduated with an MA in Traditional Arts. He completed his BA in Music and Visual Performance in the University of Brighton. Sama has a wide range of skills and interests including traditional geometry, programming, painting, music theory, studio photography, video editing, fractal geometry and quasi-crystals, all of which inform, inspire, and enable his practice as an artist.

Find out more | Key contact

Matt Wigley – Producer, AYM
01728 687159 



AYM is generously supported by Arts Council England, Angus Allnatt Charitable Foundations, The Cedar Trust, in memory of Sheila Stainton, The Department for Education, Foyle Foundation, The Ganzoni Charitable Trust, The Leverhulme Trust, Limbourne Trust, Sorkin Family Charitable Trust, Trinity College London and the Garfield Weston Foundation, in addition to a number of generous individuals, including Edward Bray, Professor Sir Barry Ife and Jeremy & Elizabeth Wagener.