Developing Your Creative Practice Portfolio
Welcome to a portfolio page I have put together in support of my DYCP application. Here you can find:
1) audio and video recordings of me singing (principally folk music) from various countries and time periods;
2) photos, videos and audio recordings of site-specific, participatory and community art projects (both my own and collaborations with others);
3) photos and videos of text-based performance, as well as the manuscript of my forthcoming poetry book epigraphē.
Folk ballads, hymns and songs from the U.K. and U.S., as well as some Renaissance lute songs, and a piece of contemporary classical music (all in English):
Days of Silence by Haukur Þór Harðarson (soprano soloist), recorded live at Norræna húsið, Reykjavík, on February 18th, 2018:
Folk and traditional songs from South America (in Spanish and Portuguese):
Singing Greek folk songs at Anne Carson’s latest book release in the Einar Jónsson Sculpture museum in Reykjavik (2018):
2) Site-specific, participatory and community art projects
The Sky in a Room, a site-specific work by Ragnar Kjartansson, performed at the National Museum of Wales in February and March 2018.
This project was utterly transformative for my practice. I spent roughly 30 hours sitting at this organ, singing a melancholic Italian love song. During this time I experienced the flourishing and fading of miniature love affairs with every individual spectator who passed me by, came to stand by me for a while, or sat on the floor near the organ bench. At closing hours, countless conversations with spectators confirmed to me the mutuality of this experience. The performance released in me a radically open and generous vocality and physical presence, which I have sought to continue incorporating into my work ever since.
Song Cycles at Xarkis Festival (2018)
A community art project engaged with Cypriot folk song and collective memory. The project had two principal stages: 1) a residency, during which I gathered songs from the residents of the mountain village of Koilani; 2) Xarkis Festival itself, during which I taught these songs to festival-goers in a song workshop.
Here is an outdoor recording of me singing the songs I learned during the project. It was recorded after the festival, in the fields outside the village of Mathiatis, where my mother lives:
And here are some images of the Xarkis Festival residency, workshop and performance:
Quad by Samuel Beckett (performed in 2018)
In this project I was the director and a performer. The photos are from our site-specific performances around Huddersfield, and the film is from the reprise at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival in November 2018, a performance for which I was interviewed on BBC radio 3’s ‘Hear and Now’.
Hringflautan / Circleflute (2018)
A gallery piece devised in collaboration with Þráinn Hjálmarsson and Brynjar Sigurðarson, performed at Cycle Art and Music Festival, Iceland in October 2018. In this piece I collaborated as a physical performer, singer and poet.
Audio from this project:
A deeply interdisciplinary project, involing performance art, community art, installation, experimental music, durational practice, recycling and much more. During this project, which I devised, I and a group of interdisciplinary artists spent two weeks disassembling a grand piano and re-configuring it into a rich variety of new objects. The artists were present in various configurations throughout the duration of the project, working both independently and in groups. Performances and performative events of various kinds took place around the central activity of the piano disassemblage, relating to and making use of the piano in many and varied ways. The two-week performance was open to the public, who were invited to participate.
This project was funded by:
Here is an audio recording of myself improvising at the semi-disassembled piano:
And here are some photos of the process:
3) Text and text-based work
Performing with James Merry, Anne Carson and Chloe Brown at Mengi in Reykjavik (2018)
αἰ αί / æ æ / ay ay — a few pieces about words, and other things that fall apart (2018)
This is a performance for which I composed the text and music, recorded in Amsterdam in September 2018. The third piece (Ithakas, 18:43) is a collaborative Dadaistic performance featuring a mixed group of musicians, writers and academics.
Scroll Song (2018), a multi-lingual sound poem made for Hringflautan / Circleflute
The Loinpres, or how to surrender your will and yet to write (2017)
This is another performance for which I composed the text and music. It plays with and borrows from the writings of three mystics: Teresa of Ávila, Marguerite Porete and Georges Bataille. It culminates in a real-time translation from Spanish to English, to the accompaniment of processed cello sounds (24:08).