Man In Regent Street is an installation and performance piece for soprano, paper and live electronics that explores themes of environmentalism, destruction and rebuilding. A four-metre-long score is performed iteratively and progressively destroyed by the performer. The damage inflicted provides the opportunity to restructure and rebuild the piece and as the performance progresses new musical structures and materials emerge as a result of this process. Some words are lost, new melodies and meanings are formed, and details once hidden are uncovered.
This piece was developed in collaboration with performer Mimi Doulton as part of a Wild Plum Arts Made at the Red House residency. This recording will be filmed at City, University of London and supported by the Marchus Trust. Jonathan Higgins is supported by PRS Foundation’s The Open Fund.
Mimi Doulton is a soprano of British-Pakistani origin. She specialises in new music collaborations, and has premiered and developed works for the Royal Opera, Birmingham Opera Company, Mahogany Opera Group, Tête a Tête, Club Inegales, Fondation Royaumont, Graeae, Snape Maltings, and Wigmore Hall.
Recent engagements include Rakhi Singh’s FFAALL as part of the Royal Opera House's 8-bit series, cover for the role of Jerusha Cramer in Gerald Barry’s The Intelligence Park for Music Theatre Wales and The Royal Opera, Maya in the world premiere of Tom Smail's Blue Electric, and creating the role of Mary in Wake with Birmingham Opera Company. Other work for the 2020 and 2021 seasons includes appearances at Wigmore Hall, Longborough Festival Opera and Aix-en-Provence Festival.
Mimi is an alumnus of Wild Plum Arts, Leeds Lieder, Park Lane Group and Académie Voix Nouvelles. She is currently an Opera Prelude Young Artist and a Live Music Now artist with regular collaborator Dylan Perez.
A passionate advocate for arts education, Mimi is proud to be associated with the charities Action for Children's Arts, Songbound, Voices of London Festival and Eye Music Trust.
Mimi graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with distinction in 2018, having previously read Music and Languages at King's College London. She continues her studies with Gary Coward.
Jonathan Higgins a composer and performer based in London whose music focuses on exploring how noise can be utilised as a transformative and generative tool. He works across a variety of different media, including fixed electroacoustic music, instrumental music, live electronics and sound installations, as well as performing regularly as an improvisor using a custom setup of hacked CD players. Jonathan is currently working towards a PhD at City, University of London and has previously studied at the University of Sheffield. His music has been performed, prized and published nationally and internationally.