A synthesis of traditional Gaelic song and North Indian Raga, this piece interweaves contemporary rhythms and acoustic sounds with the struggles of culture and identity pertinent to both of the artists’ roots. The work is a continuation of Ceumannan – Footsteps 2 which explores the struggle for land use experienced by both the Highlanders of Scotland and communities of Northern India, and emphasises the commonality and creativity of human experience.
Commissioned by ATLAS Arts
Anne Martin vocals
Jason Singh beatboxer, percussion, electronics
Sharat Chandra Srivastava violin
Gyan Singh tabla
Joe Harrison Greaves acoustic guitar, bass
Jason and Anne said
“We are delighted to be able to develop and continue our collaborations with Sharat Chandra Srivastava and Gyan Singh from India which might not have been possible without the help from the PRS Foundation. Music has no borders and can draw people together from all cultures with stories and song. We feel the celebration of commonality and diversity is crucial in today’s world.”
About Jason Singh
Jason is a musician, composer, sound artist, creative facilitator, producer and performer. He is both a solo artist and collaborator and works across a wide range of art forms, music genres and educational practices. His work is an ongoing exploration and collaboration between the voice, body, music technology and its application to art, sound, music and education
About Anne Martin
Variously described as; ".. awesomely beautiful" and "percussively powerful", Anne Martin brings the sound and tradition of her native Isle of Skye to the stage. Her repertoire gives a true sense of place in an international context. Born and brought up in Trotternish on the Isle of Skye, she learnt a wealth of her tradition from older neighbours and relatives and has been singing and researching Gaelic song since a child.
The performance of Ceumannan – Footsteps 2 was recorded live by the BBC at the Mortimer Suite, City Hall, Hull on 2 July 2017 and broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 3 July 2017.