Photo: Sonida Goraj
Leo Creffield was inspired to study midwifery at King’s College London following her time volunteering in Africa. As part of her studies she works on the labour wards at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. In the lead up to meeting the musicians from Sawchestra, she kept a diary of her shifts at the hospital, which reveals the long hours spent watching over her patients and the rush of adrenaline from the unpredictable nature of labour. The diary helped the musicians understand what it takes to be a midwife and the critical role midwives play in helping new babies into the world. Using a range of adapted musical saws, found objects and instruments, Sawchestra collaborated with the music producer Marc Langsman, who recorded Leo’s diary readings alongside their compositions and created the sound piece ‘Birth’, which was performed at the Riverside Stage on Bankside as part of Merge Festival.
Leo is a critical care nurse, who after experiencing midwifery care on a nursing placement in Tanzania felt compelled to redirect her focus to midwifery. She is currently studying for a Postgraduate Diploma in Midwifery at King’s College London.
Sawchestra are a collective of musicians, performers and artists with a shared passion for the musical saw and unusual instruments. Most of their performances have a strong visual element, using film or the work of associate artists and theatre makers. They see audiences as part of their collective, with performances usually containing participation elements.
Find out more about Sawchestra on www.sawchestra.co.uk
Marc is a DJ and Producer, as well as an award winning Digital Innovation Manger at Universal Music. He has over ten years experience directing and developing award products, campaigns, content and technology. He is also the co-founder of BeatCamp, a collaborative workshop between music producers allowing them to create music through rapid methods. He also produces dance music with releases on Universal and independent record labels.
Find out more about Marc Langsman on www.thisisbeatcamp.com