Scrutton/South Duo at Sharmanka
Many thanks to John Cavanagh for inviting us to perform on 1st July 2018 at Sharmanka Gallery amongst the wonderful, atmospheric kinetic sculptures.
Alex and I are collaborating as a performance duo exploring the music/sound potential of voice and clarinets through improvisation.
I am very much looking forward to our residency in Oct/Nov 2018 with CCA/AC Projects to pursue our Rough Breathing project.
Here’s a link to the Sharmanka event. https://www.facebook.com/events/181727232538481/
I was absolutely delighted to be part of the opening of the Beton 7 Festival in Athens on 4th June 2018. The event opened with an introduction by curator Demosthenes Agrafiotis, followed by my solo performance When Night Comes, screenings of Wendy Kirkup’s two films Touches Bloquees and film from a score, and a Q + A session with Wendy and me in conversation with Simon Murray.
After the opening the festival runs from 5th – 17th June 2018. The theme of the festival was “Visions-V_Ideas, Performances”…
“Visions-V_ideas, Performances” celebrates 5 years since its launch at BETON7. In April 2014, it was stated that the set of actions of the festival aimed at exploring the interface between performance and video in the specific frame of the Votanikos neighbourhood – the site of BETON7, Center for the Arts.
A review may be necessary, not in the sense of a conclusion but an assessment for future adjustments. According to a terminology, performance is at the crossroad of the living arts (arts vivants), which rely on the human body as the main tool, in order to found its artistic idiosyncrasy or specificity (dance for example) and the visual arts, where physical elements allow to shape primarily spatial structures (e.g. sculpture). At this crossroad, the video is entering, which is the field, the opportunity to create a new version of what is happening at the aforementioned crossroad from aesthetic and social point of view.”
Many thanks to Rania and Demosthenes for their invitation, welcome and hospitality.
When Night Comes
When Night Comes is a solo performance created in dialogue with Wendy Kirkup’s art film film from a score.
In the film, I performed Berio’s Sequenza III for solo voice. After Wendy’s films were selected to be screened at the Beton 7 Festival in Athens, I was invited to perform at the opening as a response to the film before the screening.
The performance is improvised. I draw inspiration and gestures from both my knowledge of Berio’s score and the compositional and material aesthetic of the film itself.
The performance and screenings originally took place at the 5th Edition of the Beton 7 Festival in Athens, Greece
Opening of the Beton 7 Festival, Athens, Greece
Zoë Strachan and I performed Static Flux at the Hidden Door Festival in Edinburgh on 29th May 2018.
Static Flux is a sonic seance! In this spoken word/sound piece Zoë and I are exploring narrative and time through chance encounters with remnants, fragments and the ephemera of past lives.
Static Flux was originally created for a live studio broadcast for Radiophrenia in 2017.
Vernon & Burns -collaboration
Exploring the Unknown is a performance collaboration with Vernon & Burns, initially created for this lovely event in Glasgow produced by Sonically Depicting.
Have a listen to some Vernon & Burns on SoundCloud.
Delighted to be supporting at the Drawn to Water album launch. Alex South and I will play a new 30 minute set called Rough Breathing at the start of the night.
Static Flux is a radio and performance collaboration with writer Zoë Strachan, which was initially created as a live studio broadcast for Radiophrenia in 2017.
Static Flux focuses on out-of-time memory states, and how they can be both static and in flux. We are interested in exploring narrative and time through chance encounters with remnants, fragments and the ephemera of past lives. Metaphors for our endeavour include the remnants found in second-hand bags and the pockets of clothing, or in notes scribbled on the back of black and white photographs. There is a melancholy air to these things, but as with any kind of haunting, also the potential for fear, and for deeper connections with our own sense of mortality.
29th May, Hidden Door Festival, Edinburgh
12th November, Radiophrenia
I am delighted to have been working with Sonic Bothy inclusive new music ensemble since January 2014.
Sonic Bothy was founded by creative director Claire Docherty, and explores, composes and performs experimental and contemporary music. Residencies include CCA/AC, Glasgow and SOUND Festival, Aberdeen.
Visit the Sonic Bothy website for more information about the project and up-to-the-minute news. Read about
Recital Rooms, City Halls, Glasgow
UNLIMITED, Tramway, Glasgow
ISME conference, RCS, Glasgow
SOUND Festival, Aberdeen
Atelier Public #2, GoMA, Glasgow
Counterflows Festival, The Glad Café, Glasgow
I was excited to perform Berio’s Sequenza III for Wendy Kirkup’s 2017 art film film from a score.
And here’s the film team – Caitlin, Jack and wonderful Mark Vernon recording sound…