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: www.woodendbarn.com/whats-on/.

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

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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.

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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.

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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

Free

location

Gray’s School of Art
Garthdee Road
Aberdeen
AB10 7QD

 

Shostakovich Undressed – Performance

Last Thursday’s Shostakovich Undressed event was really quite a spectacle.  It’s hard to imagine that anyone could combine Shostakovich’s turbulent chamber symphony in C minor with spoken word, electroacoustic responses and burlesque dancers…yet, somehow it worked.  I don’t believe that such a thing has been attempted before, certainly not in Aberdeen.  Of course, it wasn’t to everyone’s taste – I overheard one audience member remarking, “I’m not sure that it’s Shostakovich Undressed, but rather Shostakovich tortured!”  You can’t win everyone over, I suppose.

I overheard that last comment following the performance of my own work, the video and sound of which can be found here:

During rehearsals, composer Clive Grace took the following pictures.  The video projection of my own work is visible in the background:

 
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Shostakovich Undressed

Along with sound artists Pete Stollery, Suk-Jun Kim, Clive Grace and Chandra Chapman, I’ll be providing a “response” to Shostakovich’s Chamber Symphony in C Minor (Op. 110a) which will be performed in its entirety by the Scottish Ensemble at The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen on 6th June 2013.

The performances will also provide live music for 3 burlesque performers:

– Tom Harlow
– Kim Khaos
– Cherryfox Silhouette-Burlesque

SERG (Sound Emporium Research Group) will be presenting manipulations of the music, and members of the Creative Writing Society will be performing original work inspired by Shostakovich.

The night will be rounded off by DJ A La Fu.

 

Shostakovich Undressed: Breaking Through Perceptions

The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen
Thursday, June 6 2013 9:00 PM

£8 (Students £5)

Tickets available here.

Further details on the Facebook event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/130767537125593/