Duo to string music together to create album in two hours

Jo Quail of Rasp
Jo Quail of Rasp
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Most musicians like to keep the magic of their creative progress private – but Sheffield’s Matt Howden is making it very public for his latest project which involves writing, performing and recording an album in two days.

Violinist Matt is best known as member of several bands, the latest of which is a mainly solo project under the name Sieben, which has released several albums and also plays live both at home and abroad.

But he also works as a tutor at Red Tape Central creative technology centre, which is where Rasp, a duo made up of him and cellist Jo Quail, are making their debut today, working together in creating an album in two hours.

It starts at 12.30pm, entry is free and you’re welcome to either pop in or stay to the end. Even if you’re not able to make it in person you can watch it happen at www.sheffieldvcnlive.co.uk

Later this evening the action moves to Nether Edge, where Rasp will be doing a live showing of that afternoon’s exploits at the Lantern Theatre on Kenwood Park Road, preceded by solo performances by both Jo and Matt, under his Sieben nom-de-plume.

This is almost sold out but there may be a few tickets left on the www.matthowden.com website.

There may be no rest for the wicked but you have the feeling that Matt and Jo may be taking a few hours’ break tomorrow before the second live display of Rasp’s outpourings.

This is at the Club 60 recording studios off The Wicker, where a select audience will hear and see a live recording of the album itself, which should be on sale fairly soon.

Matt sees it as a way of showing people how music is made and maybe to get them thinking about making some themselves.

He said: “More than anything the events are meant to be inspirational, primarily for the BTEC students I teach at Red Tape Central, but also anyone wanting to make music, or indeed anyone who appreciates music.

“I remember being my students’ age, and shying away from anything so ambitious because I thought I couldn’t possibly do it, although I had ideas. I’m hoping to give them a road in to the skills, the ideas, and the belief needed to create, 
perform, record and 
promote music.”