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.
Commisioned by Celtic Connections New Voices
Composer/Director/Lyricist: Esther Swift
Performers: Emma Lloyd, Patrick Kenny, Mathew Collings, Owen Williams, Esther Swift
Poem Words; “Problems to Sharpen The Young”: Rachel McCrum
Words; “One Cigarette” and “Sound Effects”: Edwin Morgan
Words; “Innisfree”: William Butler Yeats
Jean Cameron, Executive Producer of Edinburgh International Culture Summit, is talking about Esther Swift’s Sound Effects and the reasons why it was chosen to be a part of Made in Scotland showcase.