Cruel @ The Barn

Cruel and Unusual – a work exploring cutting-edge research using experimental music, film and spoken word in various languages – will have its second performance next month following the success at last year’s University of Aberdeen May Festival.  It will be held at Woodend Barn, Banchory on the 24th April.  Further details and ticket booking can be found here:

Lisa Collinson, Adam Cresser and I began rehearsals earlier this week.  The session went well, despite the catwalk (pictured below) collapsing on my foot…


Cruel and Unusual asks “what did the bull mean to the ancient inhabitants of the British Isles and Scandinavia?”  The question reveals a strange, and often dark symbolism.

Also performing at The Barn that night is Claire M Singer with a new work for string quartet, guitar and piano, and Bill Thompson who will be performing his latest release, Solace.

This event is the second in the Witching Hour series.  Further details here.


Upcoming Residencies

6-13 April: New Approaches to Traditional Music (Residency #1) with Alasdair Roberts

14-18 April: Temporary Blindness: dance residency with Gabriela Sanchez

5-9 May: dance residency with Aaron Jeffrey, Rob Heaslip and Simon Gall

5-6 June: dance residency with Thania Acarón and Richard White

9-13 June: dance residency with Thania Acarón and Richard White

Some exciting collaborations coming up over the next few months.  The first is an ongoing project with folk musician Alasdair Roberts which is working towards a performance at Woodend Barn, Banchory as part of this year’s Sound Festival.  We will be doing a series of residencies in the Braemar/Cairngorm Park area to explore the history, landscape, folklore and musical heritage of that location; a process of researches which will inform the musical work which we create together.

Immediately following this is a collaboration with the dancer and choreographer Gabriela Sanchez who I’ll be working with for the first time. In May I’ll be working alongside musician Simon Gall and dancers/choreographers Aaron Jeffrey and Rob Heaslip where we’ll be developing material produced during the Fast and Dirty workshops run last November in Aberdeen by Bill Thompson and Ian Spink.

Finally, with the help of Thania Acarón and Richard White, I’ll be bringing my Witching Hour project to life during the course of two residencies (one at Woodend Barn and the other at His Majesty’s Theatre in Aberdeen).  Also contributing their vocal talents is poet John Mackie and Anna Lavigne.

I feel very honoured and excited to be working with so many gifted artists and can’t wait to see/hear the work that we eventually produce.

On a completely unrelated matter, here’s a piece of music that’s been inspiring me over the last week:

Loscil + Talvihorros + Ross Whyte @ The Tunnels

Next month I’ll be supporting the Vancouver-based ambient artist Loscil alongside the Scotland-based Talvihorros, at The Tunnels in Aberdeen.

The gig starts at 8pm on Tuesday 18 February.  Tickets can be booked here.

My set’s instruments include gramophone (with possible inclusion of some Cliff Richards 78 records), a half-destroyed laptop and a violet ray machine.


The Witching Hour Sessions

the witching hour

The Witching Hour is a new series of live events, curated by Ross Whyte, which showcases the best in local ambient electronic music.  Sessions will also include poetry, theatre, dance and film.  The Witching Hour series will take place at Woodend Barn, Banchory.

Session 1 – 27 February, 7.30pm

Fiona Soe Paing

Dead Hand

Session 2 – 24 April, 7.30pm

Bill Thompson and Claire M Singer

Cruel and Unusual

Session 3 – 26 June, 7.30pm

Ross WhyteThe Witching Hour

John Mackie

 £8 full, £6 conc in advance and £10/£8 on the door

Seeing Sound: Hearing Colour

28 october 2013, 18:00

Exhibition opening Monday 28 October 6pm
(Exhibition will run until Sun 3 November)

This exhibition sees the culmination of an adventure into collaborative partnerships between visual artists/designers from Gray’s School of Art and musicians/composers from the University of Aberdeen’s Music department. You are warmly invited to view/listen to what the collaborators have created.

ticket price



Gray’s School of Art
Garthdee Road
AB10 7QD