This Saturday in The Dock Arts Centre, Carrick-on-Shannon, soprano Elizabeth Hilliard performs a concert of works for voice and electronics – this is the culmination of her and Gráinne Mulvey’s residency there in association with Music Network and the Resonate Scheme.

From July to October this year, they have worked together to create a new work I Am A Escapee Hyphen – a twenty minute work for voice and fixed tape (which also features voice overs recorded by Patrick Dunne). This is a comic work, and Elizabeth and Gráinne have worked with director Hélène Montague to create a dramatic realisation of the piece.

Elizabeth’s character arrives into a new world, full of texts – unusual and seemingly nonsense. She goes on a voyage of discovery through these words that she hears and responds to, as she tries to make sense of this unfamiliar place.

This new work is presented at the end of the concert – Elizabeth has chosen works that also make unusual use of texts – building up from the almost wordless Phonology Garden (also by Gráinne Mulvey) through David Bremner’s Since the Appearance (a world premiere of this version for voice and electronics) which makes use of a very limited pool of words, through Rachael Lavelle’s Green Goddess which makes use of Siri reading instructions for the performer to follow. A feature of this work is that Elizabeth will make a smoothie live on stage!

Following the concert, there will be a panel discussion / Q&A between Elizabeth Hilliard, Gráinne Mulvey, and Hélène Montague, on the creation process for this new work, I Am A Escapee Hyphen.

Tickets available from The Dock

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