I am lucky enough to be performing two different shows in Mexico over the next fortnight, as part of the 15th Visiones Sonoras Festival in Morelia, and by extension in Mexico City.
The first show will be a live version of music released as part of my Other World Music (OWM) series, and be part of the festival’s inaugural concert in Morelia.
The second show will be a version of ‘So Below’, performed in Mexico City’s beautiful Ex Teresa chapel, now an arts venue. It will be performed alongside some of Scottish Composer Matthew Grouse’s latest work.
Awards are always a strange proposition as they suggest competition, which is a mindset far removed from the thinking that went into the work. But recognition of one’s music is always welcome, especially if the work is of a personal nature, and it helps draw attention to many artists who otherwise might remain unknown to the larger public.
In this instance my category also features Louise Harris and Pippa Murphy.
It’s been a quiet start to the year as far as observable activity is concerned, but behind the scenes it has been full on.
The first work to break ground will be ‘So Below’, a one-off performance with my sometime collaborator Maarten Vos at the Glasgow University Memorial Chapel, supported by the PRS Foundation and Cryptic.
I don’t want to go into too much detail on what to expect but it will be immersive, will incorporate cello, electronics and multi-channel surround, and will take place at night.
Hopefully some of you can make it.
Wed 3rd April, 8pm. Tickets are £10/£7 and available here.
You may have seen this on my Twitter or Facebook but it also belongs here, being as it is a further step towards making music for contexts outside of the norm.
Cryptic are an arts organisation who specialise in audio-visual installation and performance, and they’ve taken me on as one of their associate artists, which means they’ll be supporting me in my artistic endeavours and helping me with one-off performances and touring installations.
We have worked together before, on 2015’s ‘Etanan‘ with Florence To , and last year’s ‘Portal‘ with Robbie Thomson. There are now further projects in the pipeline, the first of which will be announced very shortly.
For the last few years I have been working increasingly away from the dancefloor under my own name, and soaking up more varied influences. Other World Music will be a series of albums reflecting my explorations in these new fields, part electronic, part acoustic, and exploring facets of sound and music such as psycho-acoustics, modal forms and various other approaches to modern composition.
Other World Music Vol.1 is the first release on my new label of the same name, and represents a bit of a crossing point in some ways, as is nearly always the way when setting a new course.
The release is digital and cassette, and can be bought from my Bandcamp, although the digital release on its own can be bought from all the usual places. The cassette comes with a free download version and is housed in a nice handmade lino-print sleeve with a tracklist card. If you would like it signed, just ask at checkout on Bandcamp. It is limited at 100 copies.