Category Archives: Collaborations

Sonic Bothy Inclusive New Music Ensemble

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I am delighted to have been working with Sonic Bothy  inclusive new music ensemble since January 2014.

Scottish New Music AwardsSonic 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.

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Performances to date include:

Recital Rooms, City Halls, Glasgow
Mono, Glasgow
CCA, Glasgow
UNLIMITED, Tramway, Glasgow
ISME conference, RCS, Glasgow
SOUND Festival, Aberdeen
Atelier Public #2, GoMA, Glasgow
Counterflows Festival, The Glad Café, Glasgow

I’ll post occasional updates with Sonic Bothy Ensemble news and other Sonic Bothy activities.

Natasha Russell/Wave Shift

Sura Medura Exhibition

Wave Shift was originally an experimental audiovisual collaboration with artist and illustrator Natasha Russell in response to the ideas and situations we encountered on the UZ Arts Sura Medura Residency in Sri Lanka. Natasha and I were in residence from October – December 2016, along with Sumit Sarkar and other visiting artists. Following the installation I re-worked Wave Shift into a stand alone composition.

Wave Shift At The Briggait

During our post-residency collaboration, Natasha and I became interested in the way an understanding of the experience of a place shifts over time, between people, even at the drop of a hat. We decided to weave decaying memories, slippery facts and shifting folklores through sound and print to form a portable set that melts place and atmosphere into an imaginary landscape.

Wave Shift

Integrating with the structure and printed visual landscape of the set, the Wave Shift audio component plays out into the space as an immersive, abstract, evocative soundscape composition. Source materials for the work included a selection of field recordings captured during the residency and vocal sound recordings. Both the main thread of sound that underpins the work, composed with a series of hydrophone recordings, and the form, which unfolds as a series of wave-like emergences, draw on myriad notions of water as a bridge between real and fictional landscapes.

Performances/Broadcasts

2017`
Sura Medura Exhibition, The Briggait, Glasgow
Sura Medura Exhibition, Summerhall, Edinburgh
Radiophrenia

Video Jam at Colombo Art Biennale

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Video Jam – Live Score/Performance

I was excited to be invited to create a live score for the Video Jam event on the opening night of the Colombo Art Biennale, Sri Lanka. I responded with a solo vocal performance to a beautiful clip of Sri Lankan film-maker Vimukthi Jayasundara’s Light in the Yellow Breathing Space. 

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The event took place on 2nd December 2016 at the ZMax Fairway Hotel roof terrace and was part of the Colombo Biennale Performing Arts Programme.

Here’s the Facebook event .

Zoë Strachan/In Transit/

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Live-to-Air Commission

RadiophreniaRadiophrenia Logo-NEW invited myself and writer Zoë Strachan to collaborate on a Live-to-Air commission. In our collaboration we explored the state of being In Transit and how it disrupts the interior monologues of two people on separate but overlapping journeys of a slightly mysterious kind.

Radiophrenia is a temporary art radio station broadcasting from the CCA in Glasgow. In 2016 it produced a two-week exploration into current trends in sound and transmission arts.

Selected Performances

2016
5th Sep, Radiophrenia, CCA, Glasgow

Martin O’Connor/Good Days Bad Days

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Good Days Bad Days Sound Installation

Good Days Bad Days is a new work created in collaboration with writer/theatre-maker Martin O’Connor. Initiated by Martin, the work explores issues/ideas around alcohol and addiction in Glasgow.

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From November 2015 – March 2016 we worked with participants from six recovery cafes in the north east of Glasgow (NERC – North East Recovery Community) as part of our research and development.

Good Days Bad Days installation

The end of this phase culminated in a sound installation I composed incorporating the voices and stories of the NERC.

 


Performances

2016
27th March, installation, Platform Glasgow
April, headphone installation, Outskirts Festival, Glasgow

 

Phoenix Dance Theatre/Choreographers and Composers Lab

I was absolutely delighted to be one of four composers selected for the Choreographers and Composers Lab 2015 – a two-week intensive residency with Phoenix Dance Theatre in Leeds.

The residency was led by  Sharon Watson and Ken Hesketh (RCM), with guest speakers – Robert Cohan, Peter Weigold, Zoé Martlew, Dr Jo Butterworth, Mike Dixon, Didy Veldman.

Choreographers
Adrienne Hart, Mbulelo Ndabeni, Claire Lefèvre and Sandrine Monin.

Composers: Roberto David Rusconi, Nichola Scrutton, Sarah Westwood and Eloise Gynn.

Collaboration: Mbulelo Ndabeni + Nichola Scrutton

 

 

 

 

Dancers:  Hannah Bateman, Francesca Caselli, Andreas Grimaldier, Joshua  Harriette, Carmen Marfil, Marie Astrid Mence, Ben Mitchell, Vanessa Pang, Alice Shepherdson, Sam Vaherlehto , Prentice Whitlow.

Musicians: Hara Alonso, Oliver  Dover, Sean  Hamilton, Becky Yen-Huan

Collaboration: Claire LeFèvre + Nichola Scrutton

Collaboration: Sandrine Monin + Nichola Scrutton
Team: choreographer – Sandrine Monin, composer – Nichola Scrutton, dancer – Lisard Tranis, musician – Hara Alonso.

Dougie Strang/Teine Èiginn/Need Fire

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I composed a soundscape for Teine Èiginn / Need Fire – an installation created by Dougie Strang for the Hidden Door Festival 2015.

The teine èiginn, or need fire, was lit during a ritual enacted in times of illness, amongst people and/or livestock.  Records show that the ritual was still in use in remote communities in the Scottish Highlands up until the end of the nineteenth century.

See and read more about the installation performance here.

 

Hanna Tuulikki/Away with the Birds

Vocal performance with  Away with the Birds, Hanna Tuulikki’s site-specific work for 9/10 voices that explores mimesis of birds in Gaelic song.  More info at Hanna’s Away with the Birds on Facebook and Tumblr page.

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Tramway
Tectonics
Isle of Canna

Performances

2014
August: Isle of Canna

2013
March: Tramway, Glasgow
June: Tectonics Festival, Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow

 

Martin O’Connor/Theology

Composer/sound designer with Martin O’Connor for A Govan of the Mind/Theology, performed at The Pearce Institute as part of The Arches Behaviour Festival in April 2014.

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

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.