Air falbh leis na h-eòin, Away With the Birds

Air falbh leis na h-eòin is a body of work exploring the mimesis of birds in Gaelic song. It is created by an inter-disciplinary team of visual artists, musicians, textile artists, dancers, writers, sound recordists, ornithologists, conservationists and anthropologists. At the core is Hanna’s Tuulikki's vocal composition, Guth an Eòin | Voice of the Bird, written for a female vocal ensemble. It reinterprets archive material, fragmenting and re-weaving extracts of Gaelic songs into an extended soundscape growing out of and responding to landscape. It explores the delicate nature of island-life, the co-existence of history and innovation, the relationships between bird, man and land.

In early March 2013 Hanna, myself and film-maker Daniel Warren spent a week together as part of the Rip It Up season at the Tramway in Glasgow. We spent six days exploring fragmentation, threading together and overlaying extracts of film, film recordings, voice and movement to develop a vocabulary that references the motion and language of birds at sea and on land. This exploration continued during a choregraphic residency in South Uist, the Outer Hebrides where many of the songs originated.

Within the context of Guth an Eòin we explored the relationship between sound and movement production with dancers Giorgia Minisini and Charlotte Jarvis. To do this we worked vocally and physically indoor and out developing sound fragments into movement fragments with breath as the source for both.

Air falbh leis na h-eòin is conceived by Hanna Tuulikki and produced by Suzy Glass in association with Cape Farewell as part of the Sea Change programme.
Supported by Creative Scotland through their Public Art R&D fund and PRS for Music Foundation through their Women Make Music scheme.

rip it up Hanna Rosalind Tramway