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…
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.
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.
On the 1st November, I’ll be performing a live solo electronics set at The Tunnels, Aberdeen. This will be followed by a noise dance-theatre set by Sextoys with Bill Thompson, Ian Spink and Kirsten McLean.
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:
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: