Amber Priestley is supported by PRS Foundation's The Open Fund for Music Creators:
I am developing ways to re-imagine my work as fixed media. Due to the nature of my output it is best experienced live. My work is often immersive and site-specific, including other senses besides listening. When audiences participate in these open-form experiences, my music resonates with them. However, I have found it difficult to convey the fundamental nature of my practice to people who have not previously encountered my work. Simple sound recordings or video documentation cannot demonstrate fully the experience of encountering my pieces live, and therefore my aim is to re-imagine the work in a different media (i.e. film), one that is fixed, can easily be shared, but is also a work of art in itself.
With support by PRS Foundation’s The Open Fund for Music Creators I will be able to, for the first time, highlight the importance of the visual in my practice, in performance and in physical objects (my scores), by producing an audiovisual adaptation of a recent work, collaborating with a film-maker and musicians Mira Benjamin and Beavan Flanagan to realise this.

Together with writer Bob Cryer, I am involved in the development of an opera, which by its subject matter requires it to be presented internationally. Our “hero”, Bonnie Prince Charlie, is fascinating for his national identity: Italian-born grandson of the King of both Scotland and England, he illustrates how similar 18th Century and 21st Century U.S./U.K. politics are, especially in these unsettling Brexit times and with a Trumpocalypse looming. With King of America we aim to draw connections between the past and now in order to reflect on the contemporary political situation we find ourselves in.

I am participating in nu: nord, an artistic cooperation and community-building project between emerging new-music creators from Canada, Scandinavia and the UK.

In February 2013 I was given a wonderful working space--overlooking the Baltic--in which to work on a big project about a temple in Hampi, (a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in south India). In Visby, I was able to put down the foundations of this large-scale work which will incorporate dancers and musicians from both the U.K. and India, culminating in a performance in Hampi. Now, my task is to find funding, which will allow for everyone to be able to experience the sonic world of the place.