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Songs for a Stranger

Songs for a Stranger
Movement iii: solitude

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’.

Everyone feels like a stranger sometimes – when travelling somewhere new; returning home; confronting solitude. Some feel estranged in close intimacy; others find connection through anonymity.

Songs for a Stranger movements:

i  A Fragile Memory (4’40)
ii  Blowing In (5′)
iii  Solitude? (4’26)
iv  I Said You Said (5′)
v  In the Midst (4’39)

The piece was premiered in the intimate ‘dark space’ at The Arches LIVE! Festival in September 2011, performed and diffused over a 4-channel speaker system. Vocal performance: me and Céline Hänni. Sound diffusion: Graeme Truslove. Many thanks indeed to the staff at The Arches.

Songs for a Stranger was further supported by a Creative Scotland Quality Arts Production Award.

 

 

REVIEWS

**** Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman 23/0911, Arches Live!, Glasgow

……And down at the rough end of the basement, in a bare tunnel of a room, there’s composer Nichola Scrutton’s Songs For A Stranger, a 25-minute piece that moves beyond the limits of language into five segments of abstract electronic sound, accompanied by the increasingly fierce and brilliant vocal improvisations of Scrutton and her performing partner, Celine Hanni. There’s a central moment of meditation – titled Solitude – that recalls the deep resonances of Tibetan chant; then a final, shattering visit to what sounds like a dying rainforest, as a fierce richness of animal sound gives way to crackling cataclysm, and the soft, low sigh of a final breath….

*** Mary Brennan, The Herald (“…as a live performance, full of vertiginous vocal techniques, it was always impressive…”)

Selected Performances

2014 Selected Artist, Voix Brutes Vol II, Audition Records, Berlin (v: in the midst)
2012 Basic.fm, broadcast by Pixel.Palace, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK  (v: in the midst)
2011  The Arches LIVE! Festival, 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.

SoundAround/Perth Concert Hall

SoundAround

SoundAround was a mental health music/sound workshop + performance project co-facilitated with Erin Scrutton.

Over 10 weekly sessions we created a range of musical materials using voice, drumming, percussion and recorded sounds to create a final live interactive performance for the ‘Come Awa’ In’ opening weekend of Perth Concert Hall in Scotland.

All We’re Skilled In

All We’re Skilled In

is a film, sound art and heritage project run in partnership with Plantation Productions, Glasgow Film Theatre and Scottish Screen Archive. Erin Scrutton and I worked with young carers in Glasgow to create atmospheric sound tracks for silent film clips using original historical footage of the Govan shipyards and the people who worked there. The film below, made by Jamie Dempster, is a short documentary of the project itself. The film has had several screenings, including the Glasgow International Film Festival.

HumDrum

 

Pop-Up Drumming and Singing Events

And Then She Said sister duo Nichola Scrutton and Erin Scrutton in association with Plan B Collective  created HumDrum to celebrate 100 years of International Women’s Day. Subsequent events included the West End Festival and the Royal Highland Show.

Big thanks to our sponsors above, and a HUGE THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO WAS INVOLVED – what a joyous day of celebration!!

Check out some photos  of the HumDrum event at the Royal Concert Hall steps in Glasgow to celebrate 100 years of International Women’s Day at Universal News.

110222 IWD flier

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Performances

2011
5th March, Glasgow
5th June: West End Festival
25th June: Royal Highland Show.