Ear to the Ground Scotland
Lisa Robertson: “Telling It Like It Is” with Music and Nature

Lisa Robertson: “Telling It Like It Is” with Music and Nature

April 21, 2021

In this episode, we had the pleasure of chatting to composer and violinist Lisa Robertson. 

Lisa is from the West Highlands of Scotland and is particularly interested in combining sounds from nature and folk music, and examining relationships between people and the land, often highlighting environmental concerns.

Recently, she was featured in BBC Music Magazine's 'Rising Stars' column. Her music has been performed by the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, EXAUDI, Red Note Ensemble, Hebrides Ensemble, Lucy Schaufer, and Heather Roche, among others. 

With special thanks to performers:

To Tell It Like It Is
Ben Parry & NYCGB Fellowship

Can We Not Hear The Birds That Sing?
Lisa Robertson (Violin)

Machair
Nordic Viola

The Inimitable Brightness of The Air
Red Note Ensemble

Ear to the Ground keeps you in the loop with interviews and gig alerts from Scotland’s top-notch composers.

Hosted by Aileen Sweeney and Ben Eames.

Sound edited by Mia Eames.

Website Links:

https://www.lisarobertsonmusic.com/

https://www.eartothegroundscotland.com/

 

Art-Making in the Anthropocene

Art-Making in the Anthropocene

April 9, 2021

In this episode, we had the chance to chat to composers Stuart MacRae and Emily Doolittle and Violist Katherine Wren about their current project Art-Making in the Anthropocene.

'Art-Making in the Anthropocene is a series of 8 free online talks/discussions and an online concert, which bring together Scottish and international artists, activists, and academics from across disciplines to explore what art-making can be in this time of ecological emergency.'

Katherine's ensemble Nordic Viola will be performing a concert online on April 27th (5pm) featuring pieces by Scottish-based composers that are inspired by the environment.

For more information about the concert visit Art-Making in the Anthropocene.

Pieces Featured:

Emily Doolittle - Gardenscape
Martin Suckling - Her Lullaby
Ailie Robertson - Sky Dance

Ear to the Ground keeps you in the loop with interviews and gig alerts from Scotland’s top-notch composers.

Hosted by Aileen Sweeney and Ben Eames.

Sound edited by Mia Eames.

Website Links:

https://www.eartothegroundscotland.com/

Martin Suckling: Exploring ‘This Departing Landscape’

Martin Suckling: Exploring ‘This Departing Landscape’

March 17, 2021

In this episode, we speak to composer Martin Suckling about his recent album This Departing Landscape released with NMC recordings in February 2021. 

The album features four large scale works for orchestra including: The White Road (After Edmund de Waal), Release, Piano Concerto and This Departing Landscape.

Born in Glasgow, Martin Suckling has been championed by many leading orchestras and ensembles including the London Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Ensemble, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, and the London Contemporary Orchestra.

 

With special thanks to performers:

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
BBC Philharmonic
Ilan Volkov conductor
Katherine Bryan flute
Tamara Stefanovich piano

Ear to the Ground keeps you in the loop with interviews and gig alerts from Scotland’s top-notch composers.

Hosted by Aileen Sweeney and Ben Eames.

Sound edited by Mia Eames.

Website Links:

http://www.martinsuckling.com/

https://nmc-recordings.myshopify.com/collections/new-releases-2021/products/martin-suckling-this-departing-landscape

https://www.eartothegroundscotland.com/

 

Jay Capperauld: The BBC Proms and “The Five Bs”

Jay Capperauld: The BBC Proms and “The Five Bs”

February 16, 2021

This episode features Scottish composer Jay Capperauld discussing his BBC Proms debut in 2020. "Circadian Refrains (172 Days Until Dawn)" was premiered with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by Alpesh Chauhan. The full concert can be viewed on BBC iPlayer.

Jay also chats about his influences musical and otherwise ranging from books and films to broken plates and jumpy CD players!

Jay has written for various ensembles including BBC Philharmonic, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, The National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, Psappha Ensemble, Hebrides Ensemble, The Wallace Collection, Red Note Ensemble and many more.

With special thanks to performers:

Afterlife - The Third Death

Lewis Banks (Saxophone)

Marianna Abrahamyan (Piano)

The Pathos of Broken Things

Katherine Bryan (Flute)

Heroin Chic

Bryan Allen (Conductor)

RCS Big Band

Dehumanised Shock Absorbers

Workers Union Ensemble

Ear to the Ground keeps you in the loop with interviews and gig alerts from Scotland’s top-notch composers.

Hosted by Aileen Sweeney and Ben Eames.

Sound edited by Mia Eames.

Website Links:

https://www.jaycapperauld.com/

https://www.eartothegroundscotland.com/

 

Ben Lunn: From Brass Bands to Spectralism and Accessible Music Technology

Ben Lunn: From Brass Bands to Spectralism and Accessible Music Technology

January 20, 2021

This episode features composer Ben Lunn discussing his early musical life through to his research into Horațiu Rădulescu, Spectralism and compositions featuring Accessible Music Technology.

Ben is a Mackem composer who is currently based in Glasgow. Winner of two Scottish New Music Awards for his work with Hebrides Ensemble and Drake Music Scotland, Ben is associate artist for Drake Music and Drake Music Scotland, and Trainee Artistic Director of the Hebrides Ensemble.

Ben's work has been performed internationally by ensembles such as the Ligeti Quartet, Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra and soloists such as pianist Rolf Hind and Violist Garth Knox.

With special thanks to performers:

A Letter To A Dying Man

RWCMD Orchestra with:

Tianyi Lu (Conductor)
Adam Jondelius (Baritone)
Alex Stead (Horn)

L’Exil Intérieur Op 9 - III - Ancestral Bells

Catherine Marie Tunnell (Cello)
Ian Pace (Piano)

https://horatiuradulescu.bandcamp.com/album/edition-radulescu-3-the-complete-cello-works-mode317

Symphonies of Instruments

Hebrides Ensemble
Digital Orchestra

Kiek Pasaulių

Ligeti Quartet

Ear to the Ground keeps you in the loop with interviews and gig alerts from Scotland’s top-notch composers.

Hosted by Aileen Sweeney and Ben Eames.

Sound edited by Mia Eames.

Website Links:

https://benlunncomposer.tumblr.com/

https://www.eartothegroundscotland.com/

 

 

Nicholas Olsen: Composing “From Home”

Nicholas Olsen: Composing “From Home”

November 7, 2020

This episode features composer Nicholas Olsen discussing his recent lock-down project, “From Home”, referential music, important influences and composing habits.

Nick is a Welsh Composer based in Glasgow. He has worked with ensembles such as the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Modern, Psappha Ensemble and many more.

With special thanks to performers Matthew McAllister. Valerie Barr, Richard Schofield, Da Capo Alba, Djordje and Andrea Gajic.

Ear to the Ground keeps you in the loop with interviews and gig alerts from Scotland’s top-notch composers.

Hosted by Aileen Sweeney and Ben Eames.

Sound edited by Mia Eames.

Website Links:

  • https://www.eartothegroundscotland.com/
  • https://www.nicholasolsenmusic.com/

 

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