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Amber Priestley is supported by PRS Foundation's The Open Fund for Music Creators:
I am developing ways to re-imagine my work as fixed media. Due to the nature of my output it is best experienced live. My work is often immersive and site-specific, including other senses besides listening. When audiences participate in these open-form experiences, my music resonates with them. However, I have found it difficult to convey the fundamental nature of my practice to people who have not previously encountered my work. Simple sound recordings or video documentation cannot demonstrate fully the experience of encountering my pieces live, and therefore my aim is to re-imagine the work in a different media (i.e. film), one that is fixed, can easily be shared, but is also a work of art in itself.
With support by PRS Foundation’s The Open Fund for Music Creators I will be able to, for the first time, highlight the importance of the visual in my practice, in performance and in physical objects (my scores), by producing an audiovisual adaptation of a recent work, collaborating with film-maker David Lefeber and musicians Mira Benjamin and Beavan Flanagan to realise this.

2018
My new vocal piece, Help with Adverbs, was published by CoMA and managed by Peters Edition in March 2018. The work is being premiered by Exaudi and recorded for the BBC Radio 3 Open Ear programme.

2018
My percussion work, Such Nights I Get all the Free Margins, is being featured as one of the British Music Collection’s 50 Things, a series of short blogs, to be published throughout 2018, that will offer a bold new perspective on the recent history of new music in the UK. The piece is also featured in Heritage Quay’s downloadable Music Resource pack which has been developed to introduce schools and home educated students to the musical collections in the University of Huddersfield’s archives.

2013-2018
I am participating in nu: nord, an artistic cooperation and community-building project between emerging new-music creators from Canada, Scandinavia and the UK.

ongoing
In February 2013 I was given a wonderful working space--overlooking the Baltic--in which to work on a big project about a temple in Hampi, (a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in south India). In Visby, I was able to put down the foundations of this large-scale work which will incorporate dancers and musicians from both the U.K. and India, culminating in a performance in Hampi. Now, my task is to find funding, which will allow for everyone to be able to experience the sonic world of the place.