AIDAN JOLLY: Music: Multimedia: Community Arts
I am self-taught musician and multi-media artist.I'm inspired by people who find their voices through cultural activity: art has the power to move people through the relating of experiences as portrayed in song and stories, especially when these stories come from cultural movements associated with the world-wide struggles of ordinary people for social justice.
My songs, music and digital works are firmly rooted in the communities with which I work. In 2008 I released my second CD, 'State Of Hysteria'. I perform regularly in venues around the North West of England and in the UK. For details of tours, performances, projects and events click here.
I work with Musicians without Borders UK and set up the 'Stone Flowers' project, which works with survivors of torture (in partnership with Freedom from Torture North West) to create original music and songs to enable them to tell their stories in an accessible way.
I am a core member of Virtual Migrants, a Manchester based Digital Arts Association. Our most recent work 'Buy This' was shown at the Arnolfini Gallery in Bristol in autumn 2009, as part of a series of works curated by Platform, and in 2007, we published 'Exhale', a DVD and audio CD of our work to that date. For more information see www.virtualmigrants.com and www.youtube.com/virtualmigrants
In 2005 I visited the community of Nueva Esperanza, in El Salvador, where in collaboration with Music For Hope, I recorded local Cumbia and Andino bands.