ART Surface bounce and cycles (Hannan Jones)
Edinburgh Art Festival
Jones’s work Surface bounce and cycles explores what is underneath the Union Canal – its edges, its depths, the mirage of animals and objects which float under its waters. Primarily centred around sound, the artist’s work employs listening as a means of exploring multiplicity. Through collecting sounds from along the canal – both under and above the water – this work allows listeners to move through the riverbed of the canal, reassessing their understanding of the natural world’s relationship to the human world. The work is sited around Harrison Road Bridge and Ashley Terrace Road Bridge.
FRNGE D Ý R A (SHHE)
3, 5-7, 9-14, 16-21, 23-28 August (
How can we collectively manifest an experience of a landscape? A landscape that you can reach out and touch, feel remotely through sound and light, as if in semi-sleep?
Inspired by Dýrafjörður in the Westfjords of Iceland, SHHE presents D Ý R A; a sonic journey evoking landscapes and liminal states. Combining ambisonic and hydrophone recordings and presented in surround sound, D Ý R A is an intimate reimagining of the meditative Dýrafjörður landscape.
FRNGE Esther Swift – Sound Effects
10, 17, 23 August (60 mins)
Likened to Kate Bush, Anna Meredith and Bjork, Esther combines her love of folk, jazz, classical and all things in between in this brand new commission from Celtic Connections. Masterful instrumentalists Emma Lloyd (viola, violin), Patrick Kenny (trombone and alphorn), Esther Swift (harp and voice) and Owen Williams (multiple percussion and drums) share the stage with electronic musician Matthew Collings to explore intimate and epic soundscapes through rich harmonies, flowering textures, improvisations and pre-sampled soundscapes. Featuring settings of poems by Rachel McCrum, William Butler Yeats and Glasgow’s own Edwin Morgan.
FRNGE Whirlygig (Daniel Padden, Catherine Wheels Theatre Company, Red Bridge Arts)
11 - 14 & 16 - 21 August (50 mins)
A madcap musical adventure for families.
WhirlyGig is 4 brave musicians, 30 instruments, and countless musical puzzles to solve. Join us for an extraordinary theatrical experience where music will happen in ways you have never seen before.
Musical maverick Daniel Padden comes together with award-winning Catherine Wheels and Red Bridge Arts to celebrate the thrills and spills of making music.
FRNGE The Relentless Approach of Better Times (Emma Smith)
14-20 August (60 mins)
The Relentless Approach of Better Times is Emma Smith’s testimony to the importance of galvanised positive action in response to forced mass migration, climate change, and political corruption. An urgent and compelling solo double bass performance with electronics, it features film and recordings from Smith’s work for Musicians Without Borders in Palestine and El Salvador. Emma gives space to reflect on the effects of trauma and invites you to experience how music is fundamental to our survival.
FILM The Ballad of a Great Disordered Heart
15 August (65 mins)
Edinburgh Film Festival
An evocative film about Edinburgh’s Old Town and the communities who have called it home. During lockdown, musician Aidan O’Rourke befriended his three octogenarian neighbours, all called Margaret. Inspired by their tales, with a renewed curiosity for his own roots, he takes a musical journey into the meaning of home and belonging. This celebratory film about folk music and its power to connect features a foot-stomping original soundtrack by O’Rourke and live performances by sensational Irish and Scottish folk musicians.
FRNGE Sagas and Seascapes (Nordic Viola)
15-17 August (75 mins)
Norse stories form the inspiration for this performance by Nordic Viola. Award-winning Irish composer Linda Buckley’s Aud draws on the Icelandic Sagas. Lillie Harris’ Elsewhen seeks to capture the strangeness, wonder, and melancholy of Orkney’s ancient sites, whilst in Carry His Relics, Orkney composer Gemma McGregor describes a journey along the St Magnus Way. Faroese composer Eli Tausen á Lava draws on legends of the Selkies common across the North. The music is accompanied on screen by stunning video curated by Craig Sinclair and abstract art in response to the music by Orla Stevens.
FRNGE Black Glass in Pieces (Michael Begg and the Black Glass Ensemble)
16-17 August (120 mins)
Award-winning experimental composer Michael Begg’s groundbreaking Black Glass Ensemble reveals new music from the borderlands of classical and experimental music. Combining the cream of Scotland’s classical players with longstanding pioneers of the UK’s experimental underground, Black Glass present work – on and off the stage – that challenges the senses, confounds expectations and breaks open new sonic ground. Alongside dreamy strings and soulful brass expect earthquakes, polar ice melting and the lonely call of earth-monitoring satellites.
FRNGE The Village and The Road (Tom Pow and The Galloway Agreement)
17-21, 23-29 August (70 mins)
A personal and collective story about rural depopulation, told through storytelling, live music and theatre. Tom Pow draws on his travels for this emotive journey exploring the abandonment of the countryside, refugee crises and the ‘great thinning’ of the natural world, whilst The Galloway Agreement musicians draw on their wide experience of European musical traditions, enlarging the emotional landscape and driving the narrative.
FRNGE Intercontinental (Brian Molley Quartet, Krishna Kishor)
19-20 August (60 mins)
Glasgow’s Brian Molley Quartet collaborate with world-renowned Indian percussionist Krishna Kishor in a highly original, innovative and exhilarating musical fusion. Performing a thrilling, genre-bending mix of jazz and world music which blends influences from Scottish and Indian folk traditions, expect everything from uptempo straight-ahead jazz to spiritual ragas, from energetic world-music beats to soulful ballads. A unique and groundbreaking collaboration, delivered with Celtic-Indo flair by a long-standing, multi-award winning, internationally acclaimed group and a world-class, guest percussionist.
BOOK Beyond the Swelkie: A Tribute to George Mackay Brown (Jim Mackintosh)
21 August (60 mins)
Edinburgh International Book Festival
George Mackay Brown has been one of the most influential Scottish writers of the past century. To commemorate Brown’s centenary, poet Jim Mackintosh and Paul S Philippou have co-edited an anthology, Beyond the Swelkie, featuring poems about the reclusive Orcadian. Today Mackintosh takes to the stage to present a biographical performance, telling Brown’s life story using poetry and archive film footage. Joining him are two of Scotland’s finest folk musicians, fiddler Duncan Chisholm and pianist-flautist Hamish Napier, who perform the accompanying music.
FRNGE Lost and Found: A Cellist's Journey (Justyna Jablonska)
22-27 August (
In her most intimate work, cellist Justyna Jablonska explores how identities are made, unmade and remade in music. Audiences accompany her on a personal and musical journey from Poland to Scotland. Evoking the physical space of a train station’s “lost and found”, she blends the raw melancholy of Roma and Jewish folk with electronica and the otherworldly tonal textures of the Communist-era’s “Warsaw Autumn”. This compelling new show combines virtuoso work on the cello with video and spoken word to create ethereal soundscapes where composed and improvised unite.