Wednesday, 5 December 2012

More about 'Communicative Musicality'

Following the airing of 'Language of Lullabies' there's been lots of interest in the work of Colwyn Trevarthen and his colleagues.

Here's a link:

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Lullabies on BBC World Service Outlook

Several short lullaby pieces on BBC World Service Outlook over the next few weeks, and people are posting their favourite lullabies on the their facebook page too

Friday, 5 October 2012

More Lullabies: A Collaboration with BBC Arabic

Months have passed since I last wrote about this project, and although all quiet on the surface, there's been all sorts of activities going on behind the scenes, plus a change in the schedule due to a new collaboration.
Instead of one programme I am now making two programmes, the first programme 'Language of Lullabies' will air on BBC World Service on 1st December the second which is a collaboration with the BBC Arabic Service will air later in the month. Lily Al-Tai my collaborator and I have gathered recording about a 2000 year old Babylonian lullaby, we've lullabies from Kuwait, Syria, Iraq... and many more, Lily has been recording in Kuwait recently and brought back some wonderful material, and soon we will be in Morocco - recording high in the Atlas Mountains.

Oh and we're still collecting Lullabies from around the world, once the programmes are finished the collection will be available here or on the BBC website - so please keep sending them my way.

Thursday, 29 March 2012

Recording a Somali Lullaby

Last week I visited a group at 'Love to learn' an organisation working with refugee communities in London

A group of Somali women at the centre very kindly sang the lullaby 'Hoobeey Hoobeey' (or 'Huwaya Huwaya'.) This lullaby had been suggested by 2 people, firstly Khadija who I met here in the UK and also by someone working at the BBC World Service in Africa. It's the first lullaby I've come across that is designed to be sung by someone other than the mother.

Thursday, 15 March 2012

Psychology and Lullabies plus recording lullabies at The Royal London Hospital

On Friday I recorded an interview with Sally Goddard Blythe,  author of 'The Genius of Natural Childhood'. Sally talked about how singing lullabies help child development amongst other fascinating insights into the subject. Yesterday Laura and I went to record some very very young babies at the Royal London Hospital where musicians from Spitafields Music , working with Vital Arts were performing lullabies in the wards.

More about the project here:

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Iraqi lullaby

Today I recorded a beautiful sad Iraqi lullaby, suggest by the BBC Arabic service. We've received many emails, tweets and calls, we continue to collect lullabies, so please keep sending them in. The name of the lullaby recorded today is 'Delilol' it's a real treat..