The work of Claire M Singer has been widely commissioned, exhibited and performed throughout Europe and North America. This includes acoustic and electronic composition, fixed media, multi-media, installations and live electronics. In recent years her work has focused on a mix of organ, 'cello and electronics with performances and commissions including Union Chapel; Sound Festival Scotland; Tate Modern London; The Shunt Vaults; Chez Poulet Gallery San Francisco; XMV New York City; Fylkingen Institute Stockholm; Ceremony Hall Austin, TX; Norwich Arts Centre; Kunst-Station Sankt Peter Cologne; Muziekgebouw Aan' t ij Amsterdam and the Barbican.
Claire is also Music Director of the organ at Union Chapel and Artistic Director of Organ Reframed festival.
In June 2017 she was a recipient of the inaugural Oram Awards from the PRS Foundation and New BBC Radiophonic Workshop for her innovation in sound and music.
News & Updates
OUT FRIDAY 20TH OCTOBER
‘Fairge’, meaning ‘the ocean’ or ‘the sea’ in Scottish Gaelic is a single 21-minute piece for organ, cello and electronics, composed, performed and produced by Claire and is very much a companion work to the title track on her debut album ‘Solas’ (Touch, 2016).
Commissioned by Amsterdam’s oldest building and parish church Oude Kerk, ‘Fairge’ premiered at the church in February 2017. Claire M Singer’s performance on the Ahrend and Bunzema organ, cello and electronics is truly captivating. The work very much encapsulates her signature style of expansive soundscapes full of intricate textures, rich overtones and powerful swells, emotionally resonating from beginning to end.
Written & performed by Claire M Singer | Mastered by Denis Blackham @ Skye | Photography & design by Jon Wozencroft | Fairge was commissioned by Oude Kerk | Recorded by Clare Gallagher at Oude Kerk, Amsterdam, 12th June 2017 on the transept organ built by Ahrend & Brunzema (1965)
Special thanks to Jacob Lekkerkerker and all at Oude Kerk
selected Audiovisual Works
OF MUTE THINGS
of mute things is an audiovisual installation exploring the inadvertent sound world of 'muted' electronics, and seeks to develop a greater sensitivity between ourselves and our immediate, and often unnoticed, sonic environment.
The installation is for twelve or more CRT televisions connected to individual free-view boxes set to different channels. With all televisions set to mute, a number of delicate quite inaudible individual drones are created each time the picture changes. Contact microphones are fixed to each television screen and fed to its own free standing speaker. The installation is completely indeterminate as the sound depends on the specifics of each channel.
RADIOROBOT is a sound sculpture in the shape of a robot, which is made entirely out of analogue radios. The installation draws together interests in radio frequency interaction, circuit bending and sculpture using found objects. The sound sculpture takes on a very site specific nature as the radios are finely tuned to not only interact with each other but are also responsive to other electro-magnetic objects, the space in which the sculpture is placed and its geography.
16 OCTOBER - Low support, WESTERKERK, AMSTERDAM More details
14 OCTOBER - Organ Reframed, UNION CHAPEL, LONDON More details
16 SEPTEMBER - 140th Anniversary Concert, UNION CHAPEL, LONDON More details
10 SEPTEMBER - Meakusma Festival, FRIEDENSKIRCHE, EUPEN More details
3 FEBRUARY - Silence #2 - OUDE KERK, AMSTERDAM More details
7 OCTOBER - Spire at Organ Reframed Festival - UNION CHAPEL, LONDON More details
2 OCTOBER - Stars of the Lid support - BARBICAN CENTRE More details
3 JULY - Sounding the Great Hall - GOLDSMITHS COLLEGE More details
14 JUNE - The Molendinar Burn Project - GLASGOW CATHEDRAL More details
25 APRIL - LCO Soloists + NU:NORD - ROUNDHOUSE, LONDON More details
26 FEBRUARY - Spire - UNITARIAN CHURCH, CAMBRIDGE More details
25 NOVEMBER - Improv with Xname - UNION CHAPEL, LONDON More details
20 DECEMBER - Solas at the Carol Service - UNION CHAPEL, LONDON More details
31 OCTOBER - Wrangham - FORGUE KIRK, ABERDEENSHIRE More details
3 NOVEMBER - Sound Festival - KINGS COLLEGE, ABERDEEN More details
6 NOVEMBER - Spire - SANKT PETER, COLOGNE More details
9 NOVEMBER - Spire - MUZIEKGEBOUW AAN' T IJ, AMSTERDAM More details
22 MARCH - Kima - UNION CHAPEL, LONDON
21 DECEMBER - Wrangham at the Carol Service - UNION CHAPEL, LONDON
4 NOVEMBER - Sound Festival - KINGS COLLEGE CHAPEL, ABERDEEN
29 OCTOBER - The Organ of Corti - UNION CHAPEL, LONDON
17 APRIL - Improv with Xname - UNION CHAPEL, LONDON
24 APRIL- The Witching Hour - WOODEND BARN SCOTLAND
11 NOVEMBER - Wrangham Premiere - UNION CHAPEL, LONDON
20 JULY - Fragments of Light Premiere - UNION CHAPEL, LONDON
10 JULY - In Tones AV - FROME FESTIVAL
UNION CHAPEL - Premiere of new work for mixed ensemble
UNION CHAPEL - cello and electronics
SOUND FESTIVAL - a' fàs soilleir (full version) with Roger B Williams
BELMONT CINEMA ABERDEEN - a' fàs soilleir (audiovisual only)
SOUND FESTIVAL - Live electronics set with Bill Thompson
NO.W.HERE - ‘He Who Says Zero, He Who Says One’ A learning-play by Bertold Brecht, adapted for
humans and ELIZA Performance live on Resonance FM
NORWICH ARTS CENTRE - Live electronics set for LLEAP 2011
New TV installation launched at ‘In Tones’ Huddersfield
CEREMONY HALL, AUSTIN TX - Live Electronics set with Bill Thompson, Brent Fariss, Travis Weller and Rick Reed - CONFERENCE
THE SHUNT LONDON - The prototype of RADIOROBOT is housed at the SHUNT, London Bridge.
THE COCKPIT THEATRE LONDON - Live electronics set with Bill Thompson
INTERLACE - Live electronics set with Jane Dickson
IN TONES HUDDERSFIELD - RADIOROBOT launch
THAINSTONE MART ABERDEENSHIRE - Live Electronics set and installation for the Fragmented Orchestra national event.
INVERURIE TOWN HALL - Scottish Homecoming Concert. New work commissioned by Aberdeenshire Council.
FYLKINGEN INSTITUTE STOCKHOLM - Two works featured
DCA DUNDEE - Live Electronics set with Bill Thompson and Jack Keenan
NEW YORK CITY - Collective: Unconscious New York City, US Premiere of audiovisual work.
CHEZ POULET GALLERY SAN FRANCISCO - 4:8:1 + Live cello and electronics set
PEACOCK VISUAL ARTS - Live cello and electronics set
SOUND FESTIVAL ABERDEEN - A new collaborative Organ and Electronics work with Roger Williams
TATE MODERN LONDON - Audiovisual work shown / Art, Lifestyle and Globalisation Symposium.
THE SHUNT LONDON - Audiovisual work shown / Goldsmiths presents Six Nights at the Shunt
SONIC ARTS PLYMOUTH - Audiovisual work shown
GOLDSMITHS COLLEGE LONDON - Premiere of 4:8:1 for String Quartet and Live Electronics.
TATE MODERN LONDON - Sheer Frost Orchestra
THE SPACE LONDON
SOUND FESTIVAL ABERDEEN
SPNM LONDON - New work for New Noise Ensemble
AWARDS: PRS Atom Award for New Music
Selected for the online Noise Festival (2006-2008)
RECORDINGS WITH OTHER ARTISTS:
'Anti-Musical Celestial Forces'
('Cello Gauze' performed by Claire M Singer)
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