ONLINE ALBUM LAUNCH
LAUNCH OF BAM’S DEBUT ALBUM ‘VOL. I’ WITH A PERFORMANCE RECORDED WITHIN A BELL TENT
Launch Date: Friday 2 October 2020 Name of performance: ‘BAM in a Bell Tent’
Launch Time: 10AM Name of album: ‘Vol. I’
BAM, a multi-instrumental and multilingual duo, are bringing the outdoors indoors with a special online concert recorded in a bell tent, beamed straight to audiences’ homes! The event will celebrate the launch of ‘Vol.I’, their very first album since starting their successful live performances for babies in 2017. The album uniquely reflects the shape, theatricality and atmosphere of their interactive live concerts. Pre-pandemic, BAM were performing regularly at partner venues Midlands Arts Centre (Birmingham), Thimblemill Library (Smethwick) and Bethesda Church (Cheltenham) and as part of festival events at Cheltenham Jazz Festival and Birmingham Symphony Hall.
About the album
The album is a compilation of catchy original songs – including the much loved BAM theme tune, Nam Nam (“The Fruit Song”) and Click Click Click (“The Butterfly Song”) – and features some enchanting folk songs in a multitude of languages (English, Welsh, Portuguese, Spanish, Japanese), all accompanied by an array of stimulating and soothing sounds. Featuring voice, harp, diatonic accordion, Viola Braguesa (a traditional Portuguese 10-string guitar), glockenspiel and a brollyphone (an umbrella fitted with metallic chimes).
About the launch performance
This is no regular sing-a-long. Performers Sam Frankie Fox and Ricardo Santos Rocha will play a selection of audience favourites from the album – musical material that is quite different to standard childrens’ repertoire and appealing to both little and large ears alike! Families will be able to enjoy this very special ‘concert under canvas’ from the comfort of their own homes, and are invited to build their own dens for the occasion. Along with the video link, and as part of the ticket price, hard copies of the CD and digital download codes will be delivered directly to your door, so that the songs can be enjoyed beyond the launch event. So no matter where you are, you’re all invited to BAM in a Bell Tent!
Sam Frankie Fox, Artistic Director of BAM: Babies’ Adventures in Music said: “Releasing the album on the 2nd October will be a very proud moment. It’s the culmination of more than four years of song collecting, composing and learning how best to capture the attention and imaginations of little people and their grown ups. Initially in the Spring lockdown, we were very sad to have to cancel a series of live performances, but then we swiftly jumped on the opportunity to use the time to record our music, motivated by the challenge of finding new ways to entertain our audiences. The result is a cycle of songs that have all our signature ingredients – folk songs in different languages, original songs, unusual instruments, playful arrangements – and the spirit and energy of our live performances. Since many of our songs are about animals and nature, what better way to celebrate the album launch than by recording an online concert in a bell tent, in a grassy field! With arts venues closed until 2021, perhaps this will become our new performance venue once social distancing restrictions ease a little. We’re already calling it BAM HQ!”
Jenny Smith, Artistic Director of Curiosity Productions said:
“I first encountered BAM when I went to a concert at MAC with my daughter when she was a few months old. It was such a beautiful and joyful experience I told every new parent I knew to go to a concert. I’m so excited to now be working in partnership with BAM, and helping to bring their wonderful music to more families, especially in such challenging times. We hope this online concert in a bell tent, and the album, will be a lovely reminder of the special live concerts for BAM’s regulars and also bring BAM’s gorgeous sounds to a whole new generation of babies who haven’t had the chance to see them live yet. You don’t need to have children to enjoy the album, but I can promise they will love it, possibly almost as much as you!”
Album preview: https://babiesadventuresinmusic.bandcamp.com/releases
Eventbrite booking page: bam-in-a-bell-tent.eventbrite.co.uk