Innovative and inclusive music and arts in Cumbria and NE


BleepJam is a new programme of electronic and improvised music events celebrating acclaimed and innovative northern artists. We have a series of one off hybrid gigs at our arts space (and streaming online), leading up to our Bleep Festival on February 26th 2022.

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One Off Gigs

  • Bleep 1: LateGirl – Friday 4th December (7pm)
  • Bleep 2: Guerrilla Biscuits – Saturday 4th December (7pm)
  • Bleep 3: (Jam) BlueJam Composers – Saturday January 22nd
  • Bleep 4: Jemma Freese – Saturday February 4th – email to book a ticket
ALSO! – special combined Women & Girls in Jazz workshop on Sunday 6th Feb 11-2 with Jemma!

Jemma Freese is an experimental jazz vocalist/keyboardist/composer based in the north and is currently working on her ethereal-math debut album as a solo artist, ‘Shadow Boxing’. Other projects include avant-garde punk-jazz-electronica trio J Frisco and Maximo Park, using keyboards and vocals in both projects.

Jemma has taken part in a number of prestigious artist development schemes: Serious’ Take Five, Jazz North Introduces, Jazz North northern line, Manchester jazz festival’s Hothouse, Brighter Sound’s Both Sides Now & Music:Leeds’ Launchpad. Jemma recently received an Arts Council Developing Your Creative Practice grant to further enable her creative development.

Electronic/Improvised Festival

Penrith Players 26th February ALL DAY

Chris Bartholomew
Jemma Freese
Dave Shooter (Guerilla Biscuits)
Laura Stutter (LateGirl)
Tom Leah (Werkha)

TICKETS: £10 for morning choir workshop and lunchtime performances
£10 for afternoon drumming workshop and evening performances
£15 for the whole day

Tickets will not be available on the door – please use our donate button on Paypal and book your ticket HERE (or email if you get stuck)

SOUNDPAINTING WORKSHOP 10-12am with Chris Bartholomew.
For choirs and anyone who likes to sing (even if they think they can’t).
Chris Bartholomew is an experienced Soundpainting practitioner and will lead a fun workshop that will give you a great experience and new skills and awareness to take back to your choir or individual singing.
Jilly Jarman will lead an introductory warm-up session.
All ages welcome including accompanied children.

Chris says: “Soundpainting is a physical language of gestures which can create instant group improvisations. Instead of notes or chord symbols on the page, the Soundpainter makes physical gestures to guide the performers. It was invented in the 1970s by Walter Thompson and to date has around 1200 gestures! In this session, we’ll be covering the basics and then offering volunteers a go at being a Soundpainter. Expect the theatre to rebound with amazing sound that you all create out of nothing!”
“An amazing experience – I nearly didn’t come because I didn’t know what to expect – but so glad I did.” Anna – participant.

LUNCHTIME CONCERT – 12.30-1.30pm
Jemma Freese will combine her compositions for voice, keyboard and effects with material created during our HER JAZZ workshop session on 6th February.
Chris Bartholomew will present his latest electronic works and incorporate a new piece using the sounds created by the morning’s choirs.

Drumming workshop 2-4pm
Laura Stutter and friends will weave their own sounds with samples of the drumming pieces in real time to create a whole new soundscape.
This workshop should be magical – we will monitor sound levels and work with a range of dynamics from whispering paper to deep surdo beats – expect a hair-raising experience!
For BJamba and BJamba2 members and anyone else who likes to play drums or percussion. If you want to bring a drum, let us know by email when you book.

Performance set up and soundchecks 5-7pm
If you are interested in what happens behind the scenes at any gig or multimedia event, you are welcome to sit in the audience and watch. (Please don’t bring food into the auditorium).

Evening performance 7-10pm
Laura Stutter will perform tracks from her Newcastle project – Lategirl.
An interlude of excerpts from the afternoon drumming session.
Internationally acclaimed Eden musician, Werkha, will perform with NYJO and BJYJE ambassadors.

Cafe performances and Ableton point.
At points during the day sounds created by local primary schools and projects will be showcased in the cafe.
Lancaster-based electronic artist Dave Shooter will be hosting a drop-in demonstration point for people interested in finding out how to create electronic music using Ableton.
Stephen Burke will have a sound installation in the foyer.

Learn more about making electronic music…

Laura Stutter explains to Asha from BlueJam how she goes about creating music and what she likes best.
Dave Shooter of Guerrilla Biscuits gives some Ableton tips