Sound Portraits

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Have you ever had your portrait painted? A visual artist will seek to create an image of the person who sits before them. It takes a really gifted and skilled artist to capture a true likeness. We believe that it’s possible to paint pictures with music as well as the brush or pen. With our instruments and voices we use improvised music as a means of creating a ‘sound portrait’ of the people we play for.

We don’t pretend to be able to capture an exact likeness of a person as an artist would on canvas, but simply allow ourselves to be guided by impressions that we get of a person (or couple), inspiring us to play a certain motif, chord structure or melody, interwoven to produce a piece of music that we believe captures some aspect of that person’s identity. Like a reflection in a mirror, the image is reflected back in music. The person whose portrait is being played may see themselves portrayed as they’ve never been before!



Upcoming Sound Portrait Events

Epiphany Event

Ashburnham 'Sparks' weekend

Epiphany have been asked to provide Sound Portraits and other improvisations at a 'Sparks' weekend at Ashburnham Place. This conference is by invitation and is for creative thinkers! Contact us if you're interested.

Epiphany Event

East Molesey

Epiphany, joined by other musicians, will be offering Sound Portraits in East Molesey, Surrey. More details will appear here nearer the time.

Epiphany Event

Headteachers' Conferences in Bath & Wells (Dorset)

Epiphany will be playing Sound Portraits for 2 headteachers' conferences in Bath & Wells (Dorset) on 24th and 25th January

Epiphany Event

Epiphany in Cornwall

Epiphany will be putting on an improvised 'Happening' evening and offering Sound Portraits at a venue near Redruth in Cornwall from 26th to 29th January 2019. More details will appear here nearer the time.

Epiphany Event

Headteachers conference

Epiphany will be playing Sound Portraits for a headteachers' conference in Chichester


Some of our previous projects


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Vietnam

Epiphany had a wonderful time in Vietnam collaborating with the talented young Vietnamese pianist, Trang Trinh. This visit took years of planning and involved some exciting concerts in Hanoi including a new piece, specially written by composer Peter Richards for Trang and Epiphany featuring Vietnamese folk tunes. We also offered Sound Portraits at several of the events.

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Hong Kong

Around 20 musicians from Epiphany and the Musicians Network visited Hong Kong for the 3rd year in a row working alongside Jackie Pullinger and her team. We were involved in outreach on the streets, in hospices, care homes and prisons as well as working alongside local Hong Kong musicians and offering Sound Portraits.

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National Portrait Gallery London September 2014

Epiphany appeared at the National Portrait Gallery in London in September 2014

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Manchester Art Gallery Sound Portraits

Epiphany's visit to Manchester Art Gallery in April 2014

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Epiphany at the RHS Flower Show at Hampton Court

Epiphany played Sound Portraits at the Hampton Court Flower Show in 2013 and 2014

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Epiphany at the Ideal Home Show in London 2014

Epiphany appeared at the Ideal Home Show in London for 2½ weeks in March 2014

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