So Below is a live performance piece for a chapel or resonant space, with the option of using various instruments. It was first performed in 2019 at the Glasgow University Chapel, supported by Cryptic, and with Maarten Vos on cello.
The setup is for an array of speakers around the space, with the sound moving through the room. It is performed in the dark, or as near-dark as can be achieved, and the focus is on the sound rather than the performance. This recording has been adapted to stereo.
The aim is to tap into a certain atmosphere – an atmosphere that is always present but which we are usually too distracted to notice. There is nothing new in this – all sacred and most traditional music has always followed the same idea. Anonymous audience feedback from the night bears this out – my mum’s one will be in there somewhere but I don’t think any of these are from her….. :
“Completely absorbed. I was swept away in my own story”
There is now a new page on the website detailing all the current performances and installations. Hopefully it makes it clearer what I’m up to. It is available from the menu on the left. The individual projects are listed underneath.
All are available for bookings. Details are on the individual pages.
I am still in the process of updating the website with releases etc, but will all be clear soon I hope!
New work this year, made in collaboration with artist Heather Lander for Cryptic. It’s a physical installation with intricate surround sound and a live performance element.
‘Primordial Waters’ will premiere as part of Sonic-A in Glasgow this week, appropriately on 31st October (Samhain of the Celtic calendar), concerned as it is with Celtic mythology and practice, and with the natural world in all its dimensions.
It is being performed in its full form at least twice, on 31st October and 1st November at the Tramway in Glasgow at 9pm. It will also remain setup as a short-form installation without the live elements in Tramway during the day of the 1st. You can get tickets here.
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.
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 Â£10/Â£7 and available here.
As a precursor to the Transcending installation in Glasgow Cathedral later in the year, myself and Florence To will be doing a one-off show at Cafe OTO in East London.
We shall be incorporating elements of the research we have done so far to create an immersive A/V performance, utilising aspects of brain entrainment, psychoacoustics, modal music and ritual.
That’s all well and good I hear you say, but most importantly it should be something different to wrap your ears and eyes around. It will NOT be me standing at my modular making squeaking noises, like a mouse stuck in a tube, while Flo puts the strobe on.
Booking details and further info here: https://www.cafeoto.co.uk/events/cov-alex-menzies-florence/