Juice commissioned ten UK composers/songwriters with diverse musical backgrounds to write a three-minute a cappella ‘love song’ – Gavin Bryars, Anna Meredith, Errollyn Wallen, Dai Fujikura, Roxanna Panufnik, Jim Moray, Mica Levi, Damien Harron, Philip Neil Martin and E.Laine. We then decided to juxtapose these with juicy arrangements of ‘love song’ classics including well known tunes by Guns N’ Roses, Erasure, Mariah Carey, Dawn Penn and Rihanna.
The commissioned pieces present ‘love’ in many different forms including from the perspective of three young children, a rumbustious Shakespeare sonnet, a sensual lullaby, a light-hearted and kooky poem about dependency, a folk tale of a love lost in the Great War, a sarcastic and comedic poem by Wendy Cope, a Sanskrit mantra and jazz-inspired siren song.
Previous venues for this programme have included the Royal Opera House, Hexham Abbey, Aberdeen’s Cowdray Hall and festivals such as the ‘Festival of Love’ at the Southbank Centre, the Three Choirs Festival and the Vale of Glamorgan Festival.
This programme is eclectic in its themes but musically heart-warming and many of the pieces feature on our second critically acclaimed album, ‘Laid Bare’.
“quirky, wry and virtuosically genre-hopping..highlights are a gorgeous Anna Meredith setting of Philip Ridley, and Jim Moray’s arrangement of the exquisite folksong ‘The Unquiet Grave” – **** The Times
‘..these three are feisty and will take on anything radiantly euphonious beauty..quasi-medieval hockey..the variety and virtuosity are astonishing..’ **** BBC Music Magazine
‘Juice played the first full set, a blend of original commissions and their own arrangements of pop songs, including the Rihanna piece. Technically capable of both angular contemporary classical pieces and gooey extruded pop lyrics, their covers are stripped of familiar saccharine arrangements, to create a completely revitalised arrangement that revels in the naked beauty of human voice’ – The Arts Desk