Claire M Singer is a composer, producer and performer of acoustic and electronic music, film and installations. In recent years her work has focused on a mix of organ, cello and electronics and her debut album Solas was released on Touch in 2016 followed by her second release Fairge in 2017.
Performances and commissions include Tate Modern London; Fylkingen Institute Stockholm; Ceremony Hall Austin, TX; Muziekgebouw Aan' t ij Amsterdam, Oude Kerk Amsterdam and the Barbican London.
In 2017 she was a recipient of the inaugural Oram Awards for her innovation in sound and music. Recent projects include composing a solo work for award- winning violinist Galya Bisengalieva which was released as part of her EP ONE on NOMAD Music Productions, a new commission from the London Contemporary Orchestra for organ and ensemble premiering at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in July 2019, and music for Tell It To The Bees a film by Annabel Jankel which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2018 and won the Festival Castell de Peralada Award for best music at the BCN Festival in 2019.
Claire is also Artistic Director of the organ reframed festival at Union Chapel which she launched in 2016. The only festival of its kind in the UK, organ reframed focuses on commissioning innovative new music and introducing new artists and audiences to how versatile the organ is.
The Molendinar | written and performed by Claire M Singer | filmed and recorded by Spitfire Audio 2017
Tell It To The Bees
Director: Annabel Jankel
Music: Claire M Singer
Awards: BCN Festival Castell de Peralada Award For Best Music
Selected Audiovisual works
ORGAN / ELECTRONICS / FILM
A' FÀS SOILLEIR
Film and Music by Claire M Singer
Soon to be available as an audio-visual download from Touch as part of their new series Touchline
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.
In 2016 Claire M Singer founded organ reframed at Union Chapel, London. The only festival of its kind in the UK, organ reframed focuses on commissioning innovative new music and introducing new artists and audiences to how versatile this instrument is. organ reframed has also travelled to Amsterdam and Moscow. Past commissions include Éliane Radigue, Low, Hildur Guðnadóttir, Philip Jeck, Phill Niblock, Mark Fell, Mira Calix, Darkstar, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith and Sarah Davachi with performers including London Contemporary Orchestra, James McVinnie and Frédéric Blondy.
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These three days saw the organ well and truly unleashed, painting different shapes, tonal colours, moods and tempos. The festival has
renewed and revived the instrument, reshaping it for a new era...it’s now reframed and ready for more - A Closer Listen
Looking at the rapt attention of the crowd, and the applause at the end of the concert, Singer’s ambition to reframe the organ is fulfilled. It’s
spectacular, and bodes well for next year’s instalment - Electronic Sound Magazine
Organ Reframed is bold, brave programming, and situates the organ within a new landscape of contemporary music while paying tribute to its rich heritage
- The Line of Best Fit
organ reframed artwork by Philip Marshall | photo by Daniela Sbrisny
Photographs 1,3,5,7,9,10 Spitfire Audio | 2 Daniela Sbrisny | 4 Martin Gray | 6, 12,13 Emma Stell | Solas & Fairge artwork by Jon Wozencroft
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