Acclaimed musicians take the lead in new arts exchange project in Aberdeen

Acclaimed musicians take the lead in new arts exchange project in Aberdeen

Aberdeen’s artistic community is to get a new opportunity to Connect in a major arts initiative spearheaded by two leading UK performance artists.

Award-winning fiddler Aidan O’Rourke and celebrated musician Jason Singh are the artists in residence for Aberdeen Performing Art’s (APA) new Associate Artist Programme.

And on Friday and Saturday next week (June 5 and 6) they will be hosting introductory session at His Majesty’s Theatre and the Music Hall with invited groups across the artistic spectrum in the North-east from movement to sound, and theatre to film.

The year-long project is called Connect and seeks to unite local musicians, composers and creatives from different art forms with Aidan and Jason with the aim of nurturing and developing Aberdeen’s creative scene.

“Jason and Aidan are diametrically different artists and they will help us investigate the idea of Connect with the local community,” said project manager Nicola Henderson.

A dazzling fiddler, Aidan O’Rourke stands at the centre of the modern Scottish folk music revival and in February last year was named ‘Musician of the Year’ at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. He is best known for his groundbreaking trio Lau, formed in 2005 with accordionist Martin Green and singer/guitarist Kris Drever.

Musician, composer, sound artist and workshop facilitator Jason Singh is known predominately for his work as a vocal sculptor and beatboxer, and his  sound and music output is generated through his ongoing exploration of the human voice and its application to art, music technology, education, nature and the environment.

There will be several sessions over the Friday and Saturday at the Music Hall and the HMT studio, which will be hosted jointly by Aidan and Jason.

A number of local community groups are participating in the introductory sessions, including Creative Music Industry, SCAT, North East Arts Folk Collective, APA's youth theatre and SHMU.

“What we hope will come out of these sessions are groups of people who want to work with the artists over the course of the rest of the year on experimenting and creating new work which will look at how Aberdeen connects,” said Nicola.

“It will involve different art forms and different people of different ages and backgrounds, all coming together to connect and create.”

Anyone looking to find out more about the year-long project can contact Nicola on

Posted on Monday 25 May

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