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Residency at Q-O2 in Brussels

Q-O2 residency
Residency at Q-O2. Portrait photo courtesy of Wendy Kirkup.

I’m delighted to be on a residency at Q-O2 in Brussels for two weeks. See more info at Q-O2.

My priority will be to reflect on Night Vision – a new work-in-progress originally developed at Rough Mix 2019 with Magnetic North Theatre Company. That residency culminated in a live performance….

Night Vision Performance Rough Mix 2019 Magnetic North
Night Vision performance, Perth Theatre, Rough Mix 2019, Magnetic North.

My reflections will focus on how Night Vision moves forward. If time allows, I will also continue working on a series of visual images that emerged from the source texts as a separate thread.

Rays & Correlations

Rays & Correlations
Having some fun during a recording session.

Rays & Correlations  –  Radiophrenia 2019

Zoë Strachan and I created Rays & Correlations  for a live broadcast from the Radiophrenia studio on 15th May 2019. This is our third collaborative radio artwork. Previous works are In Transit and Static Flux. Static Flux was also originally performed as a live broadcast on Radiophrenia and  then selected for a Spoken Word live performance at Hidden Door Festival 2018 in Edinburgh.

Programme Note

Inspired by the patterns of cosmic ray interactions in a cloud chamber, we imagine the myriad signals and attempts at communication that might enter a sphere and intersect, cluster, miss or fade away. Rays & Correlations is a voice-focused improvised performance with layers of interactive soundscape. The listener is invited to find a thread to hold onto amid interweaving sparse and dense streams of words and evocations – and to decide whether the sound space is literal, as inside a kind of radome, or metaphorical – representing any individual consciousness trying to make sense of human connection.

Tectonics The Guardian

190507 Tectonics Review Guardian Tectonics Review The Guardian ****

7th May 2019

…”Downstairs in the Old Fruitmarket, Scottish vocalist Nichola Scrutton breathed deeply into a mic, the sounds mirrored by clarinettist Alex South across the room. In between, the audience were caught in a dexterous layering of breath that felt like the wash and roll of the sea.”…

Read the full Tectonics review online…

Tectonics Festival

Tectonics Festival
Setting up at the Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow

Excited to be performing  some of our Rough Breathing project this weekend at Tectonics Festival in Glasgow with Alex South. We’ll be in the Old Fruitmarket at 4pm on Sunday 5th May.  Here’s a link for more info

Tectonics image

Here’s a link to the main festival information and programme details…Festival info

Here’s a link to Tectonics Facebook event

Sonic Bothy Updates

Here are a few Sonic Bothy updates…

Sonic Bothy Ensemble Performances

The next performance is at CCA, Glasgow on 26th April 2019. More details at Sonic Bothy’s Facebook page.

Article in The List magazine

Sonic Bothy article The List

Read the article at the link below…

https://www.list.co.uk/article/107892-sonic-bothy-aims-to-explore-glasgows-new-and-experimental-music-scene-as-a-source-of-dialogue-and-inspiration/

Album Review – Scots Whae Hae

Sonic Bothy album review Scots Whae Hae

Here’s a link to the review online – scroll down the page to find Sonic Bothy’s album write up…

Scots Whae Hae New Musical Success

For more information on Sonic Bothy inclusive ensemble, Learning Space and founder Claire Docherty visit Sonic Bothy’s website

Commission Outspoken Arts

Love Street – The Musical

Martin O’Connor and I are once again working together  – this time on a co-commission by Outspoken Arts Scotland.

We have been invited to develop a proposal for a  new theatre production in Paisley called Love Street – The Musical.

Over the last couple of months we have been out and about visiting organisations and gathering stories from people in Paisley who have memories and connections to Love Street. More to follow…

Love Street Paisley Express
Call for stories in the Paisley Express
Love Street research
Research at Paisley Heritage Centre

Sonic Bothy Album Launch

Sonic Bothy Album Launch PosterSonic Bothy Album Launch

Sonic Bothy inclusive new music ensemble I work with is launching its debut album Fields. So, we will perform some pieces from the album at Mono in Glasgow on 28th February 2019.

The album was recorded near the end of 2017 at Riverside Studios.

Read more at Lost Art Agency and at Glasgow City Music Tours

The Album

The album is available to stream or purchase in digital or hard copy formats at Bandcamp here Sonic Bothy Album Fields

 

Lateral on BBC Radio 4

Lateral bbc radio 4

BBC Radio 4, 14th Feb at 11.30am.

A clip of my composition Lateral will be included in BBC Radio 4 prog Shaped by the River Clyde.  The programme is about artist and humanitarian George Parsonage, and features artist Minty Donald. Many thanks to Minty for including my work.

Minty originally commissioned Lateral as part of High-Slack-Low-Slack-High for Glasgow International Festival in 2012.

Following up that performance on Dixon Street by the River Clyde, I created a studio version, which has been broadcast internationally.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0002hlk