My life-long musical career started with a piano recital at the age of 9, continued with drumming in my older brother’s prog rock band and blossomed into international touring as a guitarist with renowned rock & tradtional artists, throughout Europe and as far afield as Africa, the USA and Japan.
I have composed and produced a broad range of music for award winning TV, film, theatre & dance, and am currently focusing on exploring the power of music and sound to transform our emotional perception of spaces. Using found sounds from the space itself rather than conventional instruments, I create site specific, generative pieces that are quickly familiar yet constantly changing.
Fall Of Iron
Inspired by an ancient, but still functioning wrought iron latch & keep on one of the barn doors, Fall Of Iron was a piece of generative music created especially for the barn in which it was heard. It was made entirely using sounds found in the barn itself, some from the fabric of the building, others by objects found in the barn, like a scythe and a stoneware bottle. The sounds were stretched, compressed and distressed to varying degrees, then layered like archaeological strata to reflect the long history of both the barn and its locale.
Presented in the barn at Green Croft on the Wall alongside Meto by Imogen Cloët, summer 2018.
Song - #Untitled10 at The Bowes Museum
#Untitled10 is a commission for The Bowes Centre at The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, for which 10 artists have responded to the permanent collections at the museum, culminating in an exhibition during winter 2018/19. For 'Song' I was allowed unprecedented access to the collection of seldom heard 18th & 19th century instruments, using their fragile sounds as field recordings rather than playing them conventionally. The music room in which the instruments are displayed as static antiquities has become animated by their voices as if in strange conversation with each other.
"Piano music installation is stunning, simple, effective and adds so much to the room" - Bowes Museum visitors book
"I was aware of the limitations of the instruments, in that they are old, fragile, and probably out of tune because they are these days simply museum exhibits, and are not normally played at all. I was therefore very impressed by Kit Haigh’s ability to find a limited range of playable notes from four different instruments (or five, if the harmonium owned by Josephine Bowes is included – it is in another room), and blend them into a ‘conversation’. I am in no doubt that this demanded considerable technical skill, as well as imagination and creativity. " - Caroline Peacock, Bowes Museum Trustee
I can also be found drumming with Vintage jazz swingers House Of The Black Gardenia
Photo - Jazzy Lemon