Orchestra ‘Sews’ up Music City!

Martin Messier's Sewing Machine Orchestra which plays as part of the Music City! programme this Friday.

Martin Messier's Sewing Machine Orchestra which plays as part of the Music City! programme this Friday.

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As part of the Shirt Factory Exhibition, and in collaboration with Music City! this Friday June 21, the ‘Sewing Machine Orchestra’ will be making its Irish debut in Derry.

The brainchild of Quebec composer Martin Messier, the Sewing Machine Orchestra is perhaps one of the most innovative and imaginative compositions and performances in the day long music celebrations.

Messier has long been a fan of old sewing machines but of the sound, rather than the garments they produce. He has made it his mission to resuscitate old Singers long since abandoned by their owners and bring them back to life.

The result is a complex and leftfield arrangement as the old machines purr back into action to create a unique sound.

The Sewing Machine Orchestra has previously featured at the Mutek and Festival TransAmeriques in Canada, Bang on a Can in New York, Transmediale in Berlin and Sonar in Barcelona and Chicago.

The Sewing Machine Orchestra will be performing at Music City! the Shirt Factory in Patrick Street this Friday from 1pm and 7pm. Admission is free.