Beautiful Music In Visually Stunning Worlds
It is built into the fabric of art forms such as dance, theatre and film-making to ask questions about the world and the nature of humanity. Lepus take this attitude and apply it to their primary medium, music. Particularly the traditional music that formed a large part of Green’s upbringing. Often drawn to difficult and challenging topics, recent shows have examined; migration, gender portrayal in art, narcotics and the nature of time.
Lepus’s first production – Flit, toured extensively in the UK and Australia, garnering critical praise and nominations for Best Song and Best Album at the BBC folk Awards.
Commissioners and production partners have included: Edinburgh International Festival, The Barbican London, Perth International Festival, Australia, Opera North, The Kronos Quartet, Creative Scotland, Arts Council England, The PRS for Music Foundation.
A PLACE OF CRISPS
A Soundwalk for Isolation
“I’d found that in lockdown I’d been getting up earlier and earlier and really enjoying that special period when it feels like there are very few people awake. The first thing I did was to go out and record walking at sunrise. This was early May and the sun was up at about 6am, so not too early. Obviously, it kept going earlier because it went on!"
"Martin Green’s A Place of Crisps and Pianos is sweetly, hauntingly gnomic."
Ivor Novello Composer Award – Sound Art 2019
Paul Hamlyn Foundation Awards for Artists – Composer Award 2014
BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards – Best Group 2013 (Lau)
BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards – Best Group 2010 (Lau)
BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards – Best Group 2009 (Lau)
BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards – Best Group 2008 (Lau)
Scottish Traditional Music Awards - Best Live Act (Lau, 2009)
BBC Folk Awards 2015 Best Musician
Scottish Album of the Year Awards 2013 (Lau – Race The Loser)
Arts Foundation Award 2010 - Folk Musician
British Composer Awards 2010 nominated by PRSF for “Monstre” (brass category)
BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2009 - Best Live Act (Lau)
Scottish Traditional Music Awards 2008 - Best Live Act (Lau)
Spirit of Scotland Outstanding Achievement in Music Award 2008 - Lau
BBC Folk Awards 2008: Best Musician, Best Album (Lau – Lightweights and Gentlemen)
Best Live Act (Lau)
Martin Green - The Portal (Song of the Day)
"We have to think that one day we’ll do this in front of an audience"
"The Portal is more than just a means of escape, a way of losing yourself in the primitive allure of dance and music. It is a kind of mirror to the world as it is now, a hauntological document that plays on our strange relationship with the past and our uncertainties about the future."
"Green has created a multifaceted artwork that is as original as anything that has come out of this strange year."
Musician Martin Green of folk supergroup Lau on the story behind his new podcast, The Portal