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Glascow Improvisors Orchestra / Maggie Nicols: Energy Being (FMR)

The GIO presents a magnificent work of music, text and concept by Maggie Nicols,based on the poem of Scottish bassist Lindsay L. Cooper, "A Madman's Approach to Music", with vocals from Tam Dean Burn, Cliona Cassidy and Maggie Nicols herself, a remarkably fun, somewhat twisted, and thoroughly insightful album capturing Lindsay's create contradictions.
 

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UPC: 748079797482

Label: FMR
Catalog ID: FMRCD546-0519
Squidco Product Code: 27821

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2019
Country: UK
Packaging: Digipack - 3 panel
Recorded at the CCA, in Glasgow, Scotland, on November 30th, 2014, by Gus Stirrat.


Personnel:

Raymond MacDonald-alto saxophone, soprano saxophone

Peter Nicholson-cello

Alex South-clarinet, bass clarinet

Una MacGlone's-double bass

Armin Sturm-double bass

Rick Bamford-drums, percussion

Stuart Brown-drums, percussion

Jim McEwan-electric piano

Adam Linson-electronics

Gino Robair-electronics, percussion

Emma Roche-flute

Liene Rozite-flute

Fergus Kerr-French horn

Jer Reid-guitar

Neil Davidson-guitar

George Burt-guitar, voice

Anne Rankin-oboe

Gerry Rossi-piano

Graeme Wilson-tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone

Robert Henderson-trumpet

Cliona Cassidy-voice

Tam Dean Burn-voice

Maggie Nicols-voice, composer

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"Raymond MacDonald co-leads The Burt/MacDonald Quartet and is a founder member and key player in The Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra. He also performs with The Scottish Jazz Composers Ensemble and the saxophone quartet Rich in Knuckles. He has recently collaborated Lol Coxhill, Keith Tippett, Harry Beckett, Evan Parker, Gunter Baby Sommer, Fred Frith, Keith Rowe, George Lewis, Maggie Nicols, Satoko Fujii, Ken Hyder, Natsuki Tamura, Steve Beresford, Mike Zerang, and Fred Longberg-holm.

Other work includes composing and performing for film, television, theatre and collaborations with visual artists, including commissioned work for Martin Boyce, Simon Starling and Christine Borland. He collaborated with David Byrne on David McKenzie's film Young Adam.

In December 2005 he made a solo tour of Japan and in July 2006 performed with Josh Abrams and Miguel Carvalhais at The Glasgow International Jazz festival."

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10/9/2019

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"Peter Nicholson is a UK cellist, known for the groups Age Of Wire And String, London Improvisers Orchestra, The Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra, The One Ensemble, The One Ensemble Of Daniel Padden, and The One Ensemble Orchestra. He is Senior Musician and Director of Music at Scotland's Sistema Scotland team since 2009. Nicholson is a graduate of the University of York and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now Royal Conservatoire of Scotland). He has extensive experience as a teacher and workshop leader in local authority, higher education and third sector contexts. As a freelance cellist, he has worked with a range of professional symphony orchestras and ensembles alongside establishing a reputation for working across genres and styles as a composer and performer. Peter is a member of the Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra and The One Ensemble."

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"Alex South studied science and philosophy at the Universities of Cambridge and Glasgow, and received his musical training at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, where he was taught by John Cushing and Michael Huntriss. Since graduating from the RSAMD Alex has focused on contemporary chamber music: he performs regularly with pianist Oliver Rundell, is a founder member of the Scottish Clarinet Quartet, plays with Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra, and belongs to the avant-garde folk group The One Ensemble which in 2013 and 2014 formed part of the Scottish government's Made in Scotland Showcase. In 2015-16 The One Ensemble and Scottish Dance Theatre toured the UK, Mexico and Brazil with their collaboration Miann. Alex is currently developing a new microtonal clarinet wind synthesizer at the University of Glasgow with composer Graham Hair and electronic engineer Nicholas Bailey, which has been demonstrated at conferences across Europe."

-Alex South Website (https://alexsouthmusic.tumblr.com/bio)
10/9/2019

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"Una MacGlone's career has multiple strands. As a double-bassist in a variety of musical areas, she has collaborated with pop and jazz musicians such as David Byrne, Rab Noakes and Keith Tippett among others. She is also regular addition to the bass sections of Scottish Opera, BBC SSO and RSNO. As an improvising musician, she is a founder member of Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra (GIO) and works on various projects with international improvisers such as Renee Baker (Chicago, AACM) and Maggie Nicols (London F.I.G).

Una is also a member of the inclusive contemporary music group Sonic Bothy, who recently won the Paritor Education award for New Music - which was part of the 2015 National Music Council Education awards.

She has taught double bass in the junior department at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and coached double bass sections in a number of regional and national youth orchestras. In recent years she has become more interested in teaching music through improvisation and the ways in which this can enable peoples' creativity, agency and socio-musical communication.

Una's research in the area of music, improvisation and education resulted in an MPhil from Glasgow Caledonian University in 2013."

-University of Edinburgh (Una MacGlone's)
10/9/2019

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Armin Sturm is a bassist and composer, a member of Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra.

-Discogs (https://www.discogs.com/artist/1628101-Armin-Sturm)
10/9/2019

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Rick Bamford started being pro-active in music making for people with disabilities in 1990 and pioneered many creative UK projects while developing solutions for individual musicians. He is also a professional drummer and percussion player, with many years of performance and music education experience. Rick also has a wide range of studio based knowledge, from the scanning of eye movement to trigger MIDI messages to digital recording, mixing and production, and has designed Drake Music Scotland's new recording studio which launched in spring 2010."

-Drake Music, Scotland (https://drakemusicscotland.org/about/core-team/)
10/9/2019

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"Stuart Brown is a full time drummer, band leader, producer, composer and drum teacher based in Glasgow, Scotland, U.K. He endorses Roland Electronic Percussion products.

After studying Electronics with Music (BEng, 1st class honours) at Glasgow University Stuart went on to attend Berklee College of Music, Boston, USA on scholarship, where his private teachers included Kenwood Dennard (Sting, Miles Davis) and Ian Froman (Mike Stern). He has also taken lessons with Ralph Peterson, Ari Hoenig, Clarence Penn, Ed Uribe, Stanton Moore, Steve White, Mark Guiliana and more.

Since leaving Berklee Stuart has gone on to be one of the most in demand drummers in Scotland and has built a strong and diverse musical performance career that encompasses jazz, rock, latin, folk, electronic music, free improv and much more. He is also an established bandleader and composer, writing for his own groups and also creating music for film and advertising.

As a drummer he has toured internationally around Europe, USA, India, Brazil and New Zealand and has worked with many national and international artists including Craig Armstrong (film composer for Romeo and Juliet and Moulin Rouge, etc), Niki Haris (Maddona's backing singer), David Byrne of Talking Heads (for the Young Adam film sound track), Tom Jones, Horse, Barbara Morrison, Rab Noakes, Darius Campbell, Dave Gordon (SunRa Arkestra) Evan Parker, Fred Frith, George Lewis, John Hollenbeck and the unique Orquestra Scotland Brazil project (a British council funded project featuring 16 Scottish and Brazilian musicians).



His own critically acclaimed group, Stu Brown's Twisted Toons (which performs live cartoon scores by Carl Stalling, Scott Bradley and Raymond Scott) has released two albums, which were featured in Mojo Magazines Top Ten Jazz Albums of 2009 and 2016 and in The Times Top Ten Jazz Albums of 2016.

Other current groups and artists that he works with include: Electronic duo Herschel 36, Jill Jackson, Sugarwork, Simon Thacker's Ritmata, Mario Caribé's Boteco Trio, Niki King, Brian Molley Quartet, Glasgow Imrovisers Orchestra, Martin Kershaw's "Hero as a Riddle", Chick Lyall Quintet, Paul Harrison Trio, Carrie Fertig's Glass Percussion project and Drawn to Water. He also co-runs the Jazz at The 78 weekly jazz session with Euan Burton (bass) and Tom Gibbs (piano) which has helped revitalize the jazz community in Glasgow since 2007 by bringing together established and emerging players.

As a composer he has been commissioned to create several works, including a 2010 collaborative work with American drummer John Hollenbeck for Edinburgh Jazz Festival and a 2016 Hippfest commission to create a new live score for the 1926 German silent film, Wunder Der Schöpfung. This was performed by his electronic duo, Herschel 36 and went on to tour Scotland and England in 2016 to critical acclaim. Working as part of Toad's Caravan motion graphics studio, Stuart has also created music and sound for commercial clients include Citizen's Theatre, Starcatchers, Kuoni Travel, Mary's Meals, and more.

As a drum teacher and educator, Stuart works part time for Glasgow schools, is the resident drum tutor on both the Napier University and Glasgow Jazz Summer Schools does regular teaching sessions at DD Drums in Falkirk. He also has a number of private drum students and does additional freelance workshops in Samba drumming, electronic music, animation and more. In addition, he has also presented drum masterclasses in jazz and Brazilian drum kit including appearances at The Scottish Drum Fair 2013 and Sage Jazz Festival 2010."

-Stuart Brown Website (https://www.stu-brown.com/about)
10/9/2019

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Jim McEwan is a pianist and keyboardist, known for his work with London Improvisers Orchestra, The Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra, and Bonnie Gene.

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"Adam Linson (born 1975 in Los Angeles) is active internationally as a double bassist, improvisor, and composer, who performs acoustically and with live electronics, solo and in a wide variety of ensembles. He can be heard on several critically acclaimed albums, which also feature the real-time interactive computer music systems that he designs and develops. He is also a scholar whose interdisciplinary research on improvisation uniquely combines the arts, humanities, sciences, and technology. His publications focus on perception, cognition, and interaction, and span a range of topics in philosophy, cognitive science, music psychology, and artificial intelligence/robotics.

He recently completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Edinburgh, Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, conducting interdisciplinary research on the common cognitive basis of improvisation across domains. In 2014-15, he was a Research Associate at the University of Oxford, Faculty of Music, where he was formerly a CMPCP Visiting Fellow. He completed his PhD (Open University, UK) using artificial intelligence and robotics to investigate cognition in collaborative improvisation, funded by the Centre for Research in Computing. He has a Master of Fine Arts in Music/Sound (Bard College), and a BA in Philosophy from the University of California, San Diego, where he also studied composed and improvised music under George Lewis and classical double bass under Bertram Turetzky. His extensive experience as a software engineer and GNU/Linux specialist ranges from large-scale distributed architectures to embedded systems.

Linson's sustained involvement with interactive computer music is documented on albums with the Evan Parker Electro-Acoustic Ensemble in 2004 (ECM); solo double bass and electronics in 2006 (psi); a 2007 duet with Lawrence Casserley, released in 2009 (psi); the John Butcher Group in 2008 (WoW); and a January 2008 recording, released in 2011 (psi), with Axel Dörner, Paul Lytton, and Rudi Mahall, collectively known as Systems Quartet. In February 2012, the premier performance of his piece Looms (for improvisors and 16-channel spherical diffusion) was given with Evan Parker on soprano saxophone and Linson on double bass, at the Electric Spring festival in Huddersfield (UK).

Notable acoustic guest performances include concerts in Paris and Brussels as part of the Evan Parker Trio with Paul Lytton, and in Berlin with the Alexander von Schlippenbach Trio featuring Parker and Paul Lovens. In addition to collaborations with numerous improvisors in groups of various sizes, he has performed in duets with Richard Barrett, Tom Blancarte, Lawrence Casserley, Peter Evans, Owen Green, Aleks Kolkowski, Okkyung Lee, Rudi Mahall, Jon Rose, John Russell, Joel Ryan, and Nate Wooley.

From 1999-2009 he was based in Berlin, Germany, where he began many continuing musical collaborations with distinguished improvisors. In 2004 and 2008, he was an artist-in-residence at the Studio voor Elektro-Instrumentale Muziek (STEIM), Amsterdam. His compositions for chamber ensembles and contemporary dance productions have been performed in Europe and North America, and his performances and recordings have been broadcast on US and international radio, including BBC Radio 3 (UK) and SWR (Germany).

Selected past festival performances include the Glasgow Jazz Festival (2015), with Evan Parker & the Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra; GIOfest VII, Glasgow (2014), with the Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra, the London Jazz Festival (2013) with John Russell's Quaqua Ensemble; Banlieues Bleues, Paris (2012) in a sextet with Evan Parker, Ikue Mori, Mark Nauseef, Matt Wright, and Toma Gouband; Freedom of the City, London (2011) in a duet with Lawrence Casserley, an octet with Evan Parker, and with the London Improvisors Orchestra; the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (UK) with the LFO Orchestra (2010), the John Butcher Group (2008), and solo double bass and electronics (2006); the Guelph Jazz Festival (Canada, 2010) on solo double bass and electronics; the London Jazz Festival (2009) with Lawrence Casserley; the Total Music Meeting in Berlin (2008) in a quartet with Evan Parker, Peter Evans, and Richard Barrett, and a quintet with Fred van Hove, John Edwards, Louis Moholo-Moholo, and Tomek Choloniewski; and the MusikTriennale in Cologne (2007), with the Evan Parker Electro-Acoustic Ensemble.

Linson is currently based in the UK."

-Adam Linson Website (http://percent-s.com/#biography)
10/9/2019

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"Gino Robair has created music for dance, theater, radio, television, silent film, and gamelan orchestra, and his works have been performed throughout North America, Europe, and Japan. He was composer in residence with the California Shakespeare Festival for five seasons and served as music director for the CBS animated series The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat. His commercial work includes themes for the MTV and Comedy Central cable networks.

Robair is also one of the "25 innovative percussionists" included in the book Percussion Profiles (SoundWorld, 2001). He has recorded with Tom Waits, Anthony Braxton, Terry Riley, Lou Harrison, John Butcher, Derek Bailey, Peter Kowald, Otomo Yoshihide, the ROVA Saxophone Quartet, and Eugene Chadbourne, among many others. In addition, Robair has performed with John Zorn, Nina Hagen, Fred Frith, Eddie Prevost, Thinking Fellers Union Local 282, Myra Melford, Wadada Leo Smith, and the Club Foot Orchestra.

Robair is a founding member of the Splatter Trio and the heavy-metal band, Pink Mountain. In addition, he runs Rastascan Records, a label devoted to creative music.

As a writer about music technology, Robair has contributed to Mix, Remix, Guitar Player, and Electronic Musician (EM) magazine, where he was an editor for 10 years. He is the author of two books, including The Ultimate Personal Recording Studio (Thompson; 2006)."

-Gino Robair Website (http://www.ginorobair.com/bio.html)
10/9/2019

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"Emma Roche began studying flute at the Cork School of Music. She moved to Glasgow to study with David Nicholson at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, where she was the recipient of many awards and prizes, including the John McGregor Flute Prize, the Governors' Woodwind Recital Prize and the Mary D. Adams Chamber Prize. Emma has had solo recitals broadcast on RTE Lyric FM and BBC Radio 3. She performs regularly around Scotland and in Ireland with the Gliouder Ensemble and is also a member of the Glasgow Improvisers' Orchestra. She also teaches flute at Stewarton Academy, St George's School for Girls and Fettes College."

-St. Mary's Music School (https://www.stmarysmusicschool.co.uk/faculty/woodwind/person/emma-roche)
10/9/2019

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"Liene Rozite is a closet choir enthusiast who mostly performs collaboratively with Ash Reid, Asparagus Piss Raindrop, The Lucy Julia Liene trio, Yoke of Blood, Muris and the Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra. Previous performances have included conversations about women, labour, performativity and subjecthood with Ash Reid as part of the Space-time: The Multiverse at the Annual Music Festival at Wysing Arts Centre, an Infestation of Transmission Art Gallery with Asparagus Piss Raindrop and an on-stage skill-swap session with the trio formerly known as LL Cool J. Favourite improv locations include Penmarch, St Boswells, La Crosse Terrace and the Old Hairdressers. Special skills include some composition, anti-flute, roller skating, and in depth analysis of reality tv. Current frustrations range from cis men in improvised music to structural inequalities."

-Counterflows (http://www.counterflows.com/liene-rozite-franka-herwig/)
10/9/2019

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"Fergus Kerr: In addition to performing with The Wallace Collection, Fergus freelances with a wide variety of leading orchestras and ensembles. Based in Glasgow, he is a frequent player with all the Scottish orchestras including BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and the Orchestra of Scottish Opera. His work also takes him regularly to Gateshead to play at The Sage with the Royal Northern Sinfonia.

As a chamber musician Fergus is a founder member of the prize-winning wind quintet the Gliondar Ensemble and following a project at GIO-Fest 2011, Fergus is now a regular player with the free improvisation group Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra.Fergus also enjoys the wealth of crossover opportunities offered by Glasgow's thriving music scene, enabling him to regularly collaborate with jazz and traditional musicians."

-The Wallace Collection (http://www.thewallacecollection.org/about-2/fergus-kerr-2/#biography)
10/9/2019

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Jer Reid - guitar:

"I'm not sure what the function of biographies are but I read them myself so here is some information ...

Jer Reid (is doing that weird thing of writing in the third person). A list of musical things is not the most important but: Jer Reid has been doing music things for quite a while. Recently he's been playing quite a bit with dance - both written and improvised. Including: 'From Home' with Annie Lok, 'Found' with Christine Devaney, Michael Sherin and Luke Sutherland, 'Instance: Improvised Music and Dance' at the CCA, and improvising with dancers Rosalind Masson, Raquel Gualtero Soriano, Malgorzata Haduch and Kenzo Kusuda.He's also been improvising with various music people including Luke Sutherland, Eight Thumbs (Fritz Welch, Shane Connolly and Dougal Marwick), Andy Moor, Wounded Knee, Lucy Duncombe, Iain Campbell.

He plays guitar with Issho Taiko Drummers too."

-Winter Cycle (https://wintercycle.wordpress.com/jer-reid/)
10/9/2019

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Neil Davidson is a UK guitarist and improviser, known for the groups Age Of Wire And String, Aporias Trio, Dvell, Muris, Muris With Lumps, The Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra, and With Lumps. He has performed with other improvisers including Arild Vange, Frode Eggen, Fritz Welch, Ernesto Rodrigues, Guilherme Rodrigues, Hernani Faustino, George Lewis, Nick Fells, Aileen Campbell, Una MacGlone, Tatsuya Nakatani, Raymond MacDonald, Peter Nicholson, Rhodri Davies, Dimitra Lazaridou Chatzigoga, Jane Dickson, Patrick Farmer, Nicole McNeilly, and Michael Shearer.

-Neil Davidson Website + Discogs.com (http://neildavidsonevents.blogspot.com/p/by-water-by-solo-electric-guitar-c50-no.html)
10/9/2019

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"George Burt is a guitarist and composer based in Falkirk. Early experience includes playing in folk groups, ceilidh bands, pit bands, and mainstream and Trad jazz groups. He has devised a number of works for GIO including Improcherto (for HB) which GIO performed at the 2011 Gateshead Jazz Festival.

He ran a series of improvisation workshops in the 90s, and this eventually led to the formation of the George Burt/Raymond MacDonald Quartet (BMacD). The group was described by the Penguin Guide to Jazz as the leading partnership on the modern/free scene in Scotland, making impressive international associations. These included Harry Beckett, Keith Tippett and Lol Coxhill. The group's crowning achievement is a pair of concept albums celebrating the lives of the Victorian traveller Isabella Bird and her sister Henrietta. He has been lucky enough to perform with a number of his favourite musicians; Barry Guy, Julie Tippetts and Mat Maneri, as well as his two favourite guitarists, Susan Alcorn and Bill Wells."

-Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra (http://glasgowimprovisersorchestra.com/musicians/)
10/9/2019

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"Oboe player Anne Rankin (now Mrs Anne MacLeod), has enjoyed a varied career. As well as teaching and chamber and solo performing, she has worked with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Opera and Scottish Ballet. She is also a member of the Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra"

-NESMS (https://www.nesms.org.uk/r8/former.html)
10/9/2019

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"After graduating from the University of Glasgow, Gerry worked extensively throughout Europe andNorth Americain both music/creative arts practical and commercial environments and has written and arranged music for film, television and radio.

A founding member of the Scottish Artists in Residence Project and a strong supporter of Community Music, he is Chairperson of the music charity Limelight and holds the Musical Director posts for the Strathclyde University Big Band, The Strathclyde Improvisation Ensemble and the Scottish Composers Jazz Ensemble. He is also General Manager of the Strathclyde Youth Jazz Orchestra Trust.

A Committee Member with the Parliamentary Cross Party Music Group, Gerry is also Universities' Representative, Scottish Music Policy Forum."

-Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra (http://glasgowimprovisersorchestra.com/musicians/)
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"Graeme Wilson is a saxophonist & composer based in Newcastle in the north of England. His previous years on the jazz scene in Glasgow included work with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, Bill Wells Octet and The Delgados. As a composer he has produced scores for large and small ensembles, particularly written work for saxophone quartet. He has been a leading member of Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra in their recordings, international performances and collaborations with, among others, Fred Frith, Evan Parker and Barry Guy, and has contributed improvised interactions and soundtracks for artists' video work including Gair Dunlop and Dan Norton's interactive archive film site The Tomorrows Project at the Commonwealth Film Festival, and Cath Keay's Silkmoths. Recent work includes a textual score performed by GIO and Gunther Sommer's Dresden ensemble, a commission for saxophone ensemble for An Tobar Arts Centre on Mull, and improvisations responding to oral history from archives in the North-East at Culture Lab in Newcastle."

-Creative Sources (http://creativesourcesrec.com/creative_artists.html)
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Robert Henderson: Trumpeter, Glasgow:

"I am an experienced musician, a fluent improviser, up for a challenge. I have some experience in acting. I have played in many different musical situations, recording sessions and gigs through my career. While my background is jazz, in recent years I have been involved in more pop and commercial sessions and gigs with the likes of Bill Wells and Aidan Moffat, Belle and Sebastian. I have also been involved in acting and playing with a fantastic Scottish artpop group A Band Called Quinn- Whose Company Tromolo Productions , are the most innovative and creative thing going on in Theater/Music anywhere."

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"Cliona Cassidy is a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music and has studied with Jennifer Hamilton in Dublin, Amelia Felle in Italy and Caroline Crawshaw in the UK.

Operatic roles performed include the title roles in Beatrice di Tenda (Opera South), Alcina (Opera in the Open) and Lucia di Lammermoor (Wilmslow Opera), Adina in L'Elisir d'Amore (Laboratorio Lirico Internazionale, Belvedere Langhe), Pamina in The Magic Flute (Opera by Definition), Irene in Tamerlano (RNCM), Dorabella (Teatro Mancinelli) and Despina in Cosi' fan Tutte (Opera in the Open), Serafina in il Campanello di Notte (Anna Livia International Opera Festival), Rosina in The Barber of Seville (Laboratorio Lirico Internazionale, Belvedere Langhe), Gretel in Hansel and Gretel (Opera in the Open), Sesto in Giulio Cesare (Opera in the Open) and Daphne in Apollo and Daphne (5 Lamps Festival Opera).

For Scottish Opera she has covered the roles of Jano (Jenufa), Aunt (Madama Butterfly) and First Bridesmaid (Le nozze di Figaro).

Oratorio work includes Orff's Carmina Burana, Mozart Mass in C minor, Bach's Christmas Oratorio, Haydn's Nelson Mass and Creation,and Brahms' Requiem. She has worked as a chorister for Opera Ireland and currently sings regularly in the chorus of Scottish Opera.

Cliona has performed Judith Wier's orchestral song-cycle Natural History with the RNCMSO, introduced by the composer, and again with Derby Concert Orchestra, and performed the role of Anna/Speaker in James MacMillan's Parthenogenesis, which was recorded live for BBC Radio 3 and the South Bank Show.

Cliona was a finalist in the City of Bologna Baroque Opera competition 2009, the Ritorna Vincitor international opera competition 2010 in italy and was a member of the Artist's Panel for Dublin City Council from 2011-2014."

-Cliona Cassidy Website (http://www.clionacassidy.com/opera)
10/9/2019

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"Tam Dean Burn (born 1958 in Leith, Scotland) is a Scottish actor who has played a wide range of roles on stage and screen. On television this includes multiple roles on long-running detective series Taggart, and on BBC Scotland's soap opera River City, where he played gangster Thomas McCabe.

He is the brother of drummer Russell Burn, of Edinburgh band The Fire Engines. Both played together in the band The Dirty Reds.

In the 1992 General Election, he contested the Glasgow Central seat, standing for the Communist Party of Great Britain (PCC). He received 106 votes, 0.4% of all votes cast, and finished last.

His theatrical roles include being the narrator of the 2009 play Year of the Horse, about artist Harry Horse. He starred on stage in Irvine Welsh's Headspace, in 1997. In 2016 he played Captain Edgar in August Strindberg's Dance of Death at the Citizens Theatre, Glasgow.[citation needed] In 2018 he narrated Tommy Smith's jazz version of Peter and the Wolf by Sergei Prokofieff with text specially adapted by Liz Lochhead. The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra recorded the piece live on 24 February 2018 at Queen's Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland.

He is also involved in work for young people. In 2014, he toured Scotland by bicycle, reading all 195 of Julia Donaldson's stories to children. He has campaigned to protect the Children's Wood in Kelvinside, Glasgow from property developers.

In March 2019, Burn was stabbed during an assault after appearing at an event at the Scottish Poetry Library in Edinburgh. "

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tam_Dean_Burn)
10/9/2019

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"Maggie Nicols (or Nichols, as she originally spelled her name as a performer) (born 24 February 1948), is a Scottish free-jazz and improvising vocalist, dancer, and performer.

Nicols was born in Edinburgh as Margaret Nicholson. Her father was from the Isle of Lewis, and her mother is half-French, half-Berber from North Africa. At the age of fifteen she left school and started to work as a dancer at the Windmill Theatre. Her first singing engagement was in a strip club in Manchester at the age of sixteen. At about that time she became obsessed with jazz, and sang with bebop pianist Dennis Rose. From then on she sang in pubs, clubs, hotels, and in dance bands with some of the finest jazz musicians around. In the midst of all this she worked abroad for a year as a dancer (including a six-month stint at the Moulin Rouge in Paris).[citation needed]

In 1968, she went to London and joined (as Maggie Nichols) an early improvisational group, the Spontaneous Music Ensemble, with John Stevens, Trevor Watts, and Johnny Dyani, and the group performed that year at Berlin's then new avant-garde festival, Total Music Meeting. In the early 1970s she began running voice workshops at the Oval House Theatre (one of the most important centres for pioneer fringe theatre groups). She both acted in some of the productions and rehearsed regularly with a local rock band. Shortly afterwards she became part of Keith Tippett's fifty-piece British jazz/progressive rock big band Centipede, which included Julie Tippetts, Phil Minton, Robert Wyatt, Dudu Pukwana, and Alan Skidmore. Tippetts, Minton, and Nicols also joined Brian Eley to form the vocal group Voice. Around the same time Nicols began collaborating with the Scottish percussionist Ken Hyder (who had recently moved to London) and his band Talisker.[citation needed]

Maggie Nicols recorded an album with the vocalist Julie Tippetts called Sweet and S'Ours which was an FMP]] import.

By the late 1970s, Nicols had become an active feminist, and co-founded the Feminist Improvising Group, which performed across Europe, with Lindsay Cooper. She also organised Contradictions, a women's workshop performance group that began in 1980 and dealt with improvisation and other modes of performance in a variety of media including music and dance. Over the years, Nicols has collaborated with other women's groups, such as the Changing Women Theatre Group, and even wrote music for a prime-time television series, Women in Sport.

Nicols has also collaborated regularly over the years with Swiss pianist Irene Schweizer and French bassist Joelle Leandre, including tours and three recordings as the trio "Les Diaboliques". Her collaboration with Ken Hyder also continues; the duo incorporate elements of the traditional tunes of their shared Scottish background into jazz improvisations in their most recent project, Hoots and Roots Duo. She has worked with pianists Pete Nu and Steve Lodder, with her own daughter, Aura Marina, with avant-gardists Caroline Kraabel and Charlotte Hug, and with lighting designer Sue Neal in Light and Shade. She performed internationally for several decades, including the Zürich and the Frankfurt "Canaille" festivals, the Victoriaville Festival. She gave solo performances at the Moers Music Festival, the Cologne Triennale, and a number of other creative and improvised music festivals."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maggie_Nicols)
10/9/2019

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1. Listen 9:45

2. Feel 4:13

3. Understand 2:07

4. Breathe 4:32

5. Give 7:26

6. Your Sanity 6:22

7. Life And Death 11:05

8. Energy Being 6:25
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"A celebration the life and music of Scottish bassist Lindsay L. Cooper by Maggie Nicols in a work based on his poem, "A Madman's Approach to Music". World renowned, charismatic and virtuosic, Maggie Nicols has been at the forefront of the international improvisation scene for over 40 years. Nicols is a founding member of The Feminist Improvising Group (FIG) in the 1970s. The CD features evocative soundworlds combinined with spoken, sung and muttered words from vocalists Tam Dean Burn, Cliona Cassidy and Maggie Nicols.

Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra is a large improvising ensemble of approx 20 musicians from diverse artistic backgrounds ranging from free improvisation, jazz, classical, folk, pop, experimental musics and performance art. Since its inaugural project in 2002 the Orchestra has established an international reputation and garnered critical acclaim for its innovative projects and its exploration of improvised music. A host of collaborations with world renowned improvisers and other ensembles have expanded the band's artistic horizons and given rise to musical connections throughout the world. To date they have released eight CDs. Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra perform in venues around the UK and Europe and have now established their own annual festival in Glasgow which provides a platform for improvising musicians and artists. Alongside their composing, recording and performing activities they are committed to an ongoing programme of education and outreach activities including workshops, lectures and master classes."-GIO

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