Rylan Gleave – In chemical transit

Wednesday 27 October 2021, 12-2pm [online via Minerva]

Rylan Gleave reimagines Cherubino’s aria from Le Nozze di Figaro, recontextualising the trouser role through a trans lens, in a dissection of his upcoming work In chemical transit. The piece for current and previous voice, with ensemble and electronics, explores the opera’s original text, literal translation, and Voi che sapete melody, though the vocal journey from mezzo-soprano to bass-baritone.

Rylan Gleave (b.1997) is a Leith-based composer and vocalist whose musical practice involves mending the unfeigned gaps in his classical voice study with the healings of imaginative neuro-/gender-divergent kinship. His compositions have been praised as ‘haunting’ by The Herald, and ‘rapturous’ by The Scotsman, who named him ‘One to Watch’ 2021, describing him as ‘one of the brightest lights in Scotland’s new music scene’. Recent commissions include works for the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Composer Programme / Presteigne Festival, Sound and Music’s New Voices Programme, Crossing Borders Music / Momenta Dance Company, Shadwell Opera, newEar Chamber Ensemble / KC No Divide, Red Note Ensemble, soundfestival, and Nevis Ensemble. His recent projects include new notes; better days, working with Cox’s Bazar Rohingya Refugee Musicians in Bangladesh, after receiving a British Council Unlimited Micro Award: and KITH, a trans and neurodiverse exploration of community influencing voice, nominated for Forecast Edition 6, Berlin, where he was mentored by composer/performer Sofia Jernberg.

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