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Faye MacCalman: Invisible Real

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Faye MacCalman: Invisible Real

Part of Innovators

Part of Made In The North East


Illuminating. Moving. Powerful shared experiences.

Faye is an improvisor, performer and composer playing saxophone, clarinet and voice. After growing up in the North of England, spending time at school in the Australian countryside and honing her ears as an improvisor in Montreal, her music carries an uprooted and adventurous influence, crossing genres and emotional worlds with curiosity, wonder and honesty.  Faye is bandleader of acclaimed jazz-art-rock trio Archipelago and is currently working on her debut solo album. ‘Invisible Real’ is an audiovisual performance illuminating anonymous experiences of mental illness with ‘floating’ projections and adventurous compositions performed live in a subconscious dream-zone, inspired by the loss of her close friend to suicide.

Faye has performed with Arun Ghosh, David Brewis (Field Music), Jas Kayser, Maximo Park, Me Lost Me and The Unthanks.


Need to know

Price: Pay what you decide

7.30pm: Doors to Sage Two
8pm – 8.45pm: Part One
9.05pm – 9.50pm: Part Two
Timings are subject to change 

Age: Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult.

About invisible Real

Invisible Real was originally performed at Cheltenham Jazz Festival as a solo show in collaboration with Rhian Cooke on visuals and Nikki Sheth on spatialised sound. For Faye’s Glasshouse residency she has collected more moving and personal stories from the public, worked with Rhian Cooke to devise extended visuals and crafted music for an exciting new ensemble featuring Beccy Owen (keys/voice) John Pope (double bass/voice) and Elaine Cheng (keys / voice) as well as Faye (winds/voice/electronics).

Supported by Jerwood Foundation / The Glasshouse International Centre for Music.

web SOLO 3 Faye MacCalman - Portraits at BBox Newcastle - 31st August 2023 Victoria Wai -


We sat down with Faye for a chat to explore her creative journey and the evolution of her work. Give the full interview a read here.

What they say

‘Moving… I lost myself’

-Huw Stephens, BBC 6 Music