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Hanna Tuulikki @ BALTIC Gallery
1 June 2017 - 24 September 2017
Hanna Tuulikki’s Air falbh leis na h-eòin | Away with the Birds is a body of work exploring the mimesis and representation of birds in the Scottish Gaelic song tradition. The composition, visual score and suite of habitat drawings are presented here, highlighting BALTIC’s connection to birdlife, which annually provides a temporary home to a number of the estimated 800 pairs of breeding kittiwakes in Newcastle Gateshead Quayside Tuulikki’s vocal composition, Guth an Eòin | Voice of the Bird sits at the heart of the project. Written for a female ensemble, the piece reinterprets archive recordings, texts, and living traditions, weaving together fragments of Gaelic song that imitate birdsong and bird calls, into a textural tapestry of sound, emerging from and responding to landscape.