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Bee-Sharp HoneyBee : Hear the Honey Bee Happy


Film Screening, Talk and Live Honeybee Hive Recording

Join film director Deacon Warner, animator Emily Downes, composer Rae Howell and UMN Bee Squad bee whisperer Jenny Warner (and a hive of live Honeybees), to hear about the process of Bee-Sharp Honeybee. Take a live honeybee hive, throw in some microphones, and hear the intricate sounds of the hive amplified.. a sonic adventure for the most curious!

Bee-Sharp Honeybee is a brand new music and animation project currently in development. Inspired by the sound of the bee-buzz, it's an ambitious undertaking, which will culminate in a live string orchestra work, to be performed with a live stream of bees and animated visuals, derived from hand-illustrated graphic scores. Foremost, it's a contribution to help spread the word about bee culture, promote bee research and educate the public about the importance of bees to human survival.

The initial music sketches (composed by Rae Howell) and short documentary of the initial research process (directed by Deacon Warner) are hot off the press!! The Res Box events explore the film, the music making, and the animation creation, featuring interactive and behind-the-scenes activities to give you a real-time experience of the development of Bee-Sharp Honeybee.



Rae Howell

Rae Howell is an Australian composer and multi-instrumentalist. She is founding director of Sunwrae, an ensemble, label and sheet music publisher, and works across a huge range of genres and disciplines, in film, theatre, dance, concert hall, gallery installations and multimedia projects. Rae holds a BMus from Melbourne University, an MMus from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London, and has produced a large catalogue of original music albums, sheet music publications, collaborative recordings and sound designs. A represented composer with the Australian Music Centre and recent APRA AMCOS Art Music Fund recipient, she has performed for Royalty in London, and at festivals and concerts worldwide with Sunwrae and other touring productions, including Australia House in London, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, the Ho Chi Minh City Opera House Vietnam, SxSW Festival USA, Museu de Arte Moderna Bahia Brazil, Sydney Opera House, Golden Plains, Brisbane Festival and The Famous Spiegeltent. Rae's fellowships and awards include an UNESCO Aschberg Bursary, a Finzi Trust Scholarship, Guildhall Trust Scholarship, and Composer in Residence programs in USA, Canada, South America, West Africa, Europe, Palestine, Vietnam, and Australia, working independently, in collaboration with local communities, and with some of the world's most prolific artists.  More info: 

Earlier Event: August 12