Workshop: How can we read these signs?

2 October 2021, 15:00

Glasnakille Road, Elgol, Highland, Scotland, IV49 9BJ

Free but ticketed

Assorted images of prints and impressions from a workshop

Ahead of the performance at 7pm, join Rufus and Josie to attempt to interpret a series of collectively created musical fragments found in Elgol this summer, creating new, spontaneous pieces of music. No need to be able to read music, just bring yourself and a mask, and a musical instrument, if you play one. The workshop is open to everyone.

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OVER /​AT in collaboration with ATLAS is all about different voices, and finding different ways to speak, listen, and be heard. In Elgol, in August, we gathered for a workshop session to explore how etching and mark-making can open up the possibilities of story and place. How does starting from a quiet, visual practice enable us to tell stories we otherwise wouldn’t through music and spoken tradition?

Through these scores, we wanted to imagine a heterogeneous trans living tradition, one that can prompt different imaginative responses in different people, and that opens up different ways of telling our stories and seeing the world around us.

Join us to try and interpret these signs. What stories can we find in these moments from another time?’

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Rufus Isabel Elliot is a young composer with a unique new voice in Scottish music. Its work is concerned with honesty, giving testimony, and the conditions in which one speaks out. Its music synthesises literary, musical, and experiential worlds into a highly personal voice. Since coming ashore, Rufus has worked with the likes of the Nevis Ensemble (with whom it was composer-in-residence 2019), Red Note Ensemble, Sound Festival Scotland, Knockvologan Studies, and Magnetic North.

Rufus is the founder of OVER /​AT, a trans, non-binary, and gender-diverse music-making world. This includes curating new commissions, recording projects, workshops, and touring performances, all by/​with/​for the Folk. The OVER /​AT world developed out of Rufus’ own practice, thinking about how different aspects of a person’s lived experience reside in the voice. OVER /​AT #1 was recently shortlisted for a Scottish Award for New Music.

Rufus graduated from a Masters in Music at the Royal Conservatoire Scotland in 2020. Its studies with David Fennessy at the RCS were supported by scholarships from the RCS Trust and the EMI Sound Foundation. It graduated with the Patrons’ Fund Prize (RCM) and the Craig Armstrong Prize. In 2017, it received a first class degree in English Language & Literature from the University of Oxford. Whilst studying in Oxford, it also studied Old English, Middle English, and Old Norse.

Josie Vallely

Quinie, aka Josie Vallely, is based in Glasgow. She sings primarily in Scots, with a style inspired by the traditions of Scottish Traveller singers Lizzie Higgins (1929−1993) and her mother Jeannie Robertson (1908 –1975). Quinie’s experiments with composition and vocal techniques create a dialogue between pipe music and voice. Her work engages with themes of seasonal rhythm and gendered narratives. It has a strong sense of place rooted in an imagined Scotland. Recent work includes Thyme Piobaireachd’, which was released on Cafe Oto’s Takuroku Label in April. The piece builds on her work exploring the vocalisation of piping traditions. Working in collaboration with percussionist Laurie Pitt on snare drum, the work is an exploration of the solo voice in dialogue with the compositional structure of the Piobaireachd. She has two albums released by GLARC.