Sampler Picks: 1 – 15 April 2016

1 April 2016

For the current issue of The Sampler, Sound and Music asked me to select four exciting new music events taking place in the next fortnight.

1. Sound Thought Festival 2016

Sound Thought Date: Friday 01 April
Venue: Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow

If you’re quick, you can catch the last day of Sound Thought, an annual festival of sonic arts in Glasgow. A mixture of talks, installations and performances, Sound Thought showcases the work of early career composers, sound artists and researchers and is well worth checking out. Read More

2. The Devil Inside – Stuart MacRae

Stuart MacRaeDate: Sunday 03 April, 7.30pm
Venue: Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Mold

My favourite Stuart MacRae (pictured) opera to date, The Devil Inside‘s mix of the modern day and the supernatural could have been a bit awkward – but it works beautifully, with a great score, cast and libretto by Louise Welsh. Read More

3. Bel Canto – Cassandra Miller

Cassandra MillerDate: Sunday 03 April, 6.00pm
Venue: The Coronet Theatre, London

Cassandra Miller (pictured) made a big splash at last year’s Tectonics festival in Glasgow. Here, her piece Bel Canto is programmed as part of London Sinfonietta’s Mix, with music by Martin Smolka, Christian Marlay and Fausto Romitelli. Read More

4. Namvula

Namvula Date: Wednesday 06 April, 7.30pm
Venue: Sands Films, London

“Fusion” and “boundary-crossing” are terms we hear quite a lot but, in my humble opinion, Namvula is the real deal. Despite her diverse influences, the music feels honest, instinctive, original and highly personal. Read More

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Google Art Talk — Composers and Conflict

4 December 2014

Today I hosted a live Google Art Talk with Norwegian composer Rolf Wallin, British composer Sally Beamish, composer and researcher Philip Lancaster, and Australian sound artist Saskia Moore. Following on from the exhibition that I recently curated for Sound and Music and the Google Cultural Institute about composers’ responses to conflict in the twentieth century, we spoke about how war can be represented, investigated and commemorated in music.

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Two new videos

24 September 2014

Here are two new videos from performances of my work that have taken place this year.

The first is two extracts from Elbow Room, the piece I wrote as part of my Sound and Music Embedded Residency with the Red Note Ensemble. The piece explores the psychogeography of cites: how we affect them, and them us, and tells the story of the real mid-twentieth century plan to demolish Glasgow and replace it with a high-rise concrete utopia.

The second video is a complete movement from Replaceable Parts for the Irreplaceable You which was performed by Ensemble Thing as part of the Made in Scotland Showcase at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe. This particular movement, Instructions for Curing the Human Heart, comes at the very end of the work which is concerned with what it means to be human in a world inundated with machines.

Both videos were filmed at Summerhall in Edinburgh by the lovely folk at Dotbot.

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