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air falbh leis na h-eòin – away with the birds

(2010-2014) composition, performance, visual score, drawing

Hanna Tuulikki’s multi-disciplinary arts project Air falbh leis na h-eòin evolved over four years to explore the tradition of mimesis of birds in Scottish Gaelic song.

Hanna’s vocal composition Guth an Eòin | Voice of the Bird sits at the heart of the project. It was written for a female vocal ensemble, reinterpreting archive, fragmenting and re-weaving extracts of Gaelic songs into an extended soundscape that emerges from and responds to landscape.

In August 2014, it was performed in the harbour on the Isle of Canna, on a specially constructed wooden platform and innovative sound system suspended in the water, as part of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme.

The work was made through collaboration with a team of visual artists, vocalists, choreographers, writers, sound-recordists, film makers, ornithologists, and conservationists, to consider, together with Canna residents, the delicate nature of island-life, the co-existence of history and innovation and the relationships between bird, human, and land.

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Produced by Suzy Glass with Cape Farewell

Image credits: (1) Alex Boyd, (2) Daniel Warren