Sunday - May 07
Old Fruitmarket & Grand Hall
Tectonics closes with an event in the Old Fruitmarket & Grand Hall.
Shiori Usui from scratch* (New Verison)
K-Space performance with Chyskyyrai+
Move to Grand Hall
Lawrence Dunn Ambling, waking (World Premiere)
Linda Catlin Smith Adagietto (European Premiere)
James Saunders alternate between attention and ease (BBC Commission)
Roscoe Mitchell CONVERSATIONS for orchestra (World Premiere)
Rub/Who Dat/Frenzy House/
They Rode for Them#
Shiori Usui voice*
Owen Green electronics*
Tim Hodgkinson reeds, lap steel guitar, electronics+
Parkinson Saunders voices, samples
Gianni Trovalusci flute#
Roscoe Mitchell saxophones#
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Ilan Volkov conductor
Edinburgh-based composer Shiori Usui’s from scratch is a revised version of her 2007 work, based on her experience of eczema and is scored for orchestra, improvised voice/percussion and live-electronics. Chyskyyrai from Siberia, embodies the Sakha character of a menerik woman, one possessed by the spirits, and her vocal style draws on oral epics, folk songs and animal imitation. In this set she performs with K-Space (Tim and Ken Hyder).
After the move to the Grand Hall, Lawrence Dunn’s Ambling, waking is about the everyday struggle to emerge from sleep, but also about ‘waking’, as in mourning. Linda Catlin Smith’s Adagietto pays homage to the slow movements of classical and Baroque orchestral music, their pace “allowing for more complex harmony to be heard”. James Saunders’ World Premiere is typical of his open-form compositions that explore group behaviours and decision making, in this case using memory and mental effort to determine the resulting orchestral sound. Finally, Roscoe Mitchell’s Conversations for soloists and orchestra are based upon transcriptions of works from both of his CDs of the same name.