Ivor Novello winning composer and musician, spanning the world of live music, theatre and performance that immerses audiences into new worlds of escape and wonder.

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Best known as accordionist and electronic experimentalist with the visionary folk trio Lau, Martin Green is increasingly recognised as a composer, arranger and collaborator in his own right.

The dark, atmospheric new songs which sit at the heart of his work ‘Flit’ have been inspired by first hand stories of human movement around the world. During research and development, Martin collected stories of social migration from the people around him. Some are heart-warming, life-affirming tales, others are tragic and heart-breaking, but all have an over-arching humanity.

The production, and the album feature an array of world-class musical collaborators: songwriters Karine Polwart, Aidan Moffat and Anaïs Mitchell; musicians Adrian Utley (Portishead) and Dominic Aitchison (Mogwai); and singers Becky Unthank (The Unthanks), Adam Holmes and John Smith.

Green says of Flit:
“I had been discussing with Adrian (Utley of Portishead) the idea of framing Becky Unthank’s voice with a wall of dark electronic sounds. Both analogue synthesis and traditional singing have a certain purity to them, both are pretty uncompromising sounds, and putting them together excited us…Dominic (Aitchison, Mogwai) was the perfect choice for bringing a human quality to the low end.”

Eighteen months later and an album produced by Utley at his Bristol studio, featuring songs written by Green, Anaïs Mitchell, Scotland’s Karine Polwart and Arab Strap’s Aidan Moffat will be released by Reveal Records in June 2016.

‘Flit’ has been co-commissioned by Edinburgh International Festival, Barbican Centre, Perth International Arts Festival and Sage Gateshead, and is produced by Penny King for Lepus Productions, co-produced by Opera North Projects.

We are grateful for financial support from Creative Scotland, Arts Council England and PRS for Music Foundation’s ‘Beyond Borders’

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FLIT (LIVE)  

★ ★ ★ ★ 

The Guardian - Barbican (London)

"Green’s credentials as a brilliantly inventive accordion player and sonic adventurer with the trio Lau have long been celebrated, but Flit is something else again."

“…a show laced with passion, emotion, drama and curiosity”

“the ingredient that really lifts it to another sphere are the animated figures of birds and wizened characters created out of brown paper by whiterobot … projected behind and among the musicians, to illustrate the stories with both charm and menace, creating a potent theatrical dimension.”

★ ★ ★ ★

The Scotsman - Edinburgh Fringe Festival

“Film and stage set were hewn from brown packing paper with its associations of being sent around the world; the eerie twinkle and glistening whimsy of the music from a mix of distortion and effects, overlaid with the two most arresting instruments – Unthank’s haunting, breathy voice and Holmes’ rich, evocative baritone, bearing witness with grace, honesty and inescapable sadness.”

★ ★ ★ ★

The Herald - Edinburgh Fringe Festival

“Martin Green just went round to his gran’s for a chat and now he has Flit… Taken as a whole it’s an affecting piece, giving off a feeling of helplessness but also an over-riding sense of making the best of often unsought-after situations.”

FLIT (ALBUM)  

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

fRoots

“Flit is a work of incandescent beauty and timely relevance” 

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