Tag Archives: The Arches

Voix Brutes Vol II

A recording of Songs for a Stranger: (v) in the midst has been selected for the documentary audio compilation Voix Brutes Vol II, which is to be released by Audition Records on 15th May 2014. The focus of the Voix Brutes compilations is the voice in live performance – its extended forms, techniques and possibilities.

More info including the list of selected artists is here.

Theology CATS Award Nomination

Very exciting news – Martin O’Connor’s Theology has been shortlisted for a CATS 2013-14 award in the Best Music and Sound Category. Announcements will be made on 8th June 2014. See details and the full listings at CATS.

Here are some reviews of the recent performances at the Pearce Institute for Behaviour Festival:

**** Joyce MacMillan The Scotsman

Mary Brennan The Herald

Gareth Vile The Vile Blog

Martin O’Connor/Theology

Theology – written and performed by Martin O’Connor

Theology was nominated for a CATS Award 2013-14  in the Best Music and Sound Category

I was composer/sound designer with Martin O’Connor on the soundscape for A Govan of the Mind/TheologyThe show was first on at The Pearce Institute, Govan as part of The Arches Behaviour Festival in April 2014.

The show is in two parts: Part 1, Theology is a Glaswegian-dialect version of the Catholic Order of Mass, with composition by Oliver Searle, performed with a local male choir brought together for the production; and Part 2 A Govan of the Mind is a non-narrative epic poem celebrating the beauty of our everyday language.

Design: Rachel O’Neill, lighting design: Kate Bonney, choir leader: Matt Regan. See here for full team and more info.

Adrian Howells/National Theatre of Scotland/Lifeguard

Govanhill Baths Cubicle

Lifeguard is a site-specific performance created and performed by Adrian Howells, in collaboration with Mike Brookes, Minty Donald, Rob Drummond, Ira Mandela Siobhan, Jane Mason, Nick Millar and Nichola Scrutton. Produced by National Theatre of Scotland and The Arches in association with Govanhill Baths Community Trust.

Exploring the emotional and psychological effects of water, from its therapeutic qualities to our overwhelming fear of it, lifeguard re-evaluates the place of swimming in our lives as a health-promoting and life-saving activity.

Performances

5th – 27th October 2012, Govanhill Baths, Calder Street, Glasgow

Songs for a Stranger Quality Arts Production Award

I am very pleased to say that I have received a Creative Scotland Quality Arts Production Award for the development of vocal performance work Songs for a Stranger.

Songs for a Stranger is a collection or cycle of five electroacoustic works that draws metaphorical inspiration from the many senses of the word ‘stranger’. The work was originally created for, and supported by, Arches Live Festival.