Last night saw the first sonADA (Sonic Arts Days in Aberdeen) with performances by Luca Nasciuti , Imogene Newland, Fiona Soe Paing and sonADA co-creator (along with Suk-Jun Kim) Francesco Sani.
Nasciuti’s solo set, his first performance in Aberdeen since arriving last month to commence his doctoral studies, consisting of undulating layers of sound with much more gestural material than I would have expected in a live set (for me, this is a good thing…), followed by the frenetic, breathless, consctructive-destructive-reconstructive performance for two dancers from Newland, Soe Paing’s yearning audiovisualvocal upbeat to her presentation next week at CineWorld, Union Square and Sani’s haunting multi-layered violin tones accompanying desolate images were all superb…and there’s more this evening from Suk-Jun Kim, Dæmons, Ross Whyte and Colin Austin.
Something else happened last night, I think. Recently, here’s been a huge amount of interest in creativity and culture in the North East of Scotland. This week’s RGU/City Council Conference Towards a Creative Future, for instance, started the discussion on many issues, from spaces for artists to helping to define the cultural narrative of the region. During the bidding process for Aberdeen’s City of Culture bid you would often hear denials that there was anything interesting going on in the city – the 50+ people present at last night’s event are clear evidence that there is. What we do need to do, however, is to make sure that more people know about it. That reluctance for NEasterners to shout from the rooftops about what they do needs to change and we need to help lift up the stones all over the city to see and hear what is going on underneath, because it’s as experimental, interesting and good as anywhere else in the UK.
Rediscoveries is a new series of performances of electroacoustic music and sound art events, presented by SERG (Sound Emporium Research Group) from the Department of Music. A new iteration of the Discoveries series which dates back to the early 1990s, the series will allow audiences to (re)discover works from all over the world. This first concert features work by SERG members Pete Stollery and Suk-Jun Kim, alongside pieces by their teachers which had a significant impact on their own work. Continue reading
Scottish/Burmese Aberdeenshire based electronic producer and vocalist, and an associate member of SERG, Fiona Soe Paing will be headlining with a solo audio-visual performance at Woodend Barn Arts Centre, Banchory, on Thurs 27th Feb, as part of The Witching Hour series of events, curated by Ross Whyte.
Featuring visuals by New Zealand based collaborator Zennor Alexander, the show combines off-world electronica, surreal 3D animation and live vocals, in an unsettling and hypnotic “live cinema” style show, which wastes no time in submerging audiences in its mutant world. The show showcases material from the recent “Tower of Babel ” EP, released on Black Lantern Music label, which received a Four Stars review in The Skinny magazine, and which was created with production funding by Creative Scotland. Continue reading
The Wolf – The Owl – The Swan – The Caladrius
The Aberdeen Bestiary: Sound-Image-Narrative is an artistic research project led by Dr Suk-Jun Kim and Prof Pete Stollery from SERG, and was one of the inaugural beneficiaries of a bursary from the Aberdeen Humanities Fund at the University of Aberdeen. The project is supported by the Special Collections Centre at the University of Aberdeen. Continue reading
I am in Prague for a performance of my piece Three Cities which was a finalist at the Music Nova 2013 competition. I had some free time today so this morning, as I often do when visiting a new place, I went for a walk around the city with my recording device (Zoom H6). I’ve never been to Prague before and people have variously told me that I must see the Castle, Kafka’s grave, the Christmas Market, and other tourist locations so this is how I found myself at the eastern end of the Charles Bridge, which was not far from my hotel.