BE play St Marys Church, Nottingham
The sounds and vibrations of over 40,000 honeybees will be streamed live into St. Marys Church from a local beehive at Nottingham Trent University, Brackenhurst, Nottinghamshire on Friday 16 and Saturday 17 December.
A state of the art 3D surround sound system has been commissioned for these performances. Visual imagery from the Hive project will be projected onto the musicians and the Church.
‘BE’ will play their critically-acclaimed album ‘ONE’ plus preview new material recorded with the Nottingham honey bees and St. Mary’s Church Choir.
The band BE was formed as a collaboration between artist Wolfgang Buttress, musicians-Tony Foster, Kev Bales, Deirdre Bencsik, Camille Christel, scientist Dr. Martin Bencsik and 40,000 honey bees. Collectively they created a soundscape for the multi award wining sculpture called The Hive that is now sited at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew. The soundscape was released as One to much critical acclaim on the innovative record label Rivertones.
BE have performed a series of critically acclaimed live events recreating ONE album with a live stream from beehives in Nottinghamshire and Kew Gardens. These included two sell-out shows at Nottingham Arts Theatre and Summer festival appearances at Glastonbury, Blue Dot, Caught by the River and End of the Road.
They will perform new material including the single Blue Lullaby that incorporates vibrational signals from the European honey bee derived from groundbreaking research into how bees communicate from their fellow collaborator Dr Martin Bencsik (Nottingham Trent University).
The musical sound piece once again takes the listener on a reflective journey making connections to the the changing seasons of life and man’s relationship with nature. The music is both melancholic and uplifting. The honey bee is in crisis; we as man are responsible for this but hope is suggested; the sounds and communications of bee and man are harmoniously integrated in the record.