Mubu produce, curate and programme exceptional live music experiences for audiences, artists and communities. We create personal, adventurous performances and distinctive original programmes with lasting impact, working with national organisations to specialist local producers across arts & culture, music and health.
From partnering with the Cheltenham Jazz Festival & Town Hall Symphony Hall Birmingham to taking music to children’s centres, sheltered housing and the NHS to improvised street music and live digital streaming, we work across diverse jazz, world, roots, folk, contemporary classical, improvised music and beyond, from artistic programming to productions for families, children and schools, to focused co-designed local programmes strengthening communities, inclusion and helping social change through music.
Live In The Lodge
Now a prominent community music programme in north Birmingham, Live In The Lodge is our year-round, community-led intergenerational music programme based in Falcon Lodge, Sutton Coldfield, since 2016. At its heart, Live In The Lodge brings the local community opportunities to take part in free weekly music and instrumental lessons, classes and workshops – open to all ages and abilities, with free instrument loan – on guitar, ukulele, drums, piano/keyboard, spoken word, improvisation, production and a community choir. In the 2019-20 year, 9 teachers gave over 1200 hours of music classes, with participants playing and learning together hailing from each of the last nine decades. Alongside our weekly sessions, there are regular participant performances, both in Falcon Lodge and across Sutton Coldfield and Birmingham, and visiting professional guest artists joining for concerts and gigs in the community, local schools and online learning.
Cheltenham Jazz Festival – Family programme
2021 will be our sixth year producing and programming the ever-expanding family music programme at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival, ranging from the award-winning beatboxing of Grace Savage to the Indo Jazz fusion of Arun Ghosh, the Arabic Oud to South American Charango, and several premieres with children’s authors working alongside musicians to shape new commissions for the festival.
Town Hall Symphony Hall – Musical Picnic
We have been producing the long-running monthly Musical Picnic series at Symphony Hall, Birmingham since it began in 2011. A whole host of diverse musics, instruments, artists and cultures brought together in original participatory performances for children, parents and families, which we estimate has now seen approaching 40,000 visits, and all for free! We have worked with artists as varied as Shlomo and the Carducci Quartet to Soweto Kinch and Roopa Panesar.
International Dance Festival Birmingham – Home
The Great Train Dance – Rosie Kay Dance Co
International Dance Festival Birmingham – (In)Visible Dancin’
Curating two weeks of contemporary improvising jazz musicians around the streets of Birmingham for the city’s International Dance Festival.
(In)visible Dancing premiered on the streets of Birmingham at International Dance Festival Birmingham 2010 to great acclaim and popularity, and returned to the streets of the UK for Dublin Dance Festival, before touring to Doncaster, Kingston upon Thames, Coventry and, Southend in 2012 and Italy in 2014 . (In)visible Dancing is available for touring in 2015.
Each event runs over a period of 8-10 days. It begins as a small event and increases in size every time it appears, growing in number of performers and choreographic complexity. Constant rehearsal between shows keeps it fresh and ensures it gradually emerges over several days from what looks like random incidental behaviour on the streets to a fully-fledged dance performance with live music that engages with the location and behaviour of passers-by. (In)visible Dancing culminates in a thrilling Finale that brings together nearly 100 performers, including local dance groups.
Community Workshop and Performance Series
Working alongside the excellent Birmingham organisations Flatpack Festival, Friction Arts, Polish ExPats, SureStart children’s centres in Ladywood and Erdington, and various community venues across the city.
Part of Birmingham City Council’s Arts Champions programme.
Other recent Mubu projects have included a programme for Appetite’s World In One City International Feast, and taking a series of music into both Birmingham Children’s and Women’s hospitals.
We are also working as part of No.11 Arts to support city-wide community and neighbourhood arts in Birmingham.