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At First Light

At First Light listener
At First Light listener – WISWOS, LICA

At First Light (fixed medium 8’49)

Arising from a current strand of exploration around ideas of impermanence and the ephemeral,  At First Light, a vocal meditation, was inspired by the play of light at sunrise and a notion that each moment may be filled with the past, present and future. The process of making the piece involved repeated exploration of the material ideas using a simple MAXMSP patch, with the final work being created in a single real-time improvisation. While a version of the piece was ultimately fixed to become At First Light, inherent in the process and the material is an idea of transient evolution – emergence, cycle and decay.

Selected Performances

2016
Group installation ‘Tomorrow, Today will be Yesterday‘ (LCGA, Limerick, Ireland)
Group installation ‘Tomorrow, Today will be Yesterday‘ (ELO, Victoria BC, Canada)
NYCEMF Concert 35 (New York, US)
Group installation ‘Tomorrow, Today will be Yesterday’ (CAAA, Guimaraes, Portugal)

2015
Group installation’Tomorrow, Today will be Yesterday’ (Guimaraes, Portugal)
Women in Sound/Women on Sound‘ Symposium (LICA, UK)

 

Phoenix Dance Theatre/Is there a mistake…

Is there a mistake around today that’s as big as the idea of the earth being flat? was created during the Phoenix Dance Theatre Choreographers and Composers Lab.

Choroegrapher/composer team:
Claire Lefèvre and Nichola Scrutton
Dancers: Andreas Grimaldier, Lisard Tranis, Marie Astrid Mence
Percussionist: Sean Hamilton
Vocalist: Nichola Scrutton.

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.

Sonic Bothy Paritor Award

Sonic Bothy 8 Panes
Sonic Bothy rehearsing ‘8 Panes’ in City Halls, Glasgow.

Some excellent news for Sonic Bothy recently.

Sonic Bothy was one of several Glasgow Life/City Council partnered projects submitted to the National Music Council Awards, and was very excited to receive the Paritor Award for New Music in Education. Read more about the Paritor Award and other winners at the National Music Council website.

Read more about Sonic Bothy inclusive new music ensemble here.

 

Radiophrenia/Sonnets

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Sonnets was a series of live, interactive, largely improvised sound poems, and was created for a Radiophrenia live-to-air commission in 2015. The work drew on the root meanings of the title word – from  ‘son’ (song) and ‘sonus’ (sound) – rather than the traditional poetic form. I used minimal processing, and focused instead on weaving together a palette of breathy sounds, phonemic fragments and vocal gestures into a series of self-contained but interlinked sound worlds, sometimes with field recordings, to invoke or reference a fictional place or state.

(Please note the sound clips are currently off-air)