Our Entertainment Coordinator Iain lifts the lid on the entertainment for this Sunday’s event…
Let me take a moment to introduce myself. My name’s Iain and I’m the Entertainment Coordinator for TEDxGlasgow. Me and my inimitable team of volunteers have been beavering away to present you with a thoroughly astonishing, innovative and thought-provoking programme of entertainment. We thoroughly believe that the creative and performing arts should be made available to all. It’s not solely about entertainment, it’s about sharing an experience through one’s art.
So without further ado, allow me to present a little taster of what we have planned and who’s involved to whet your appetite.
Enya is a painter currently based in Glasgow, primarily working in oils. Her recent work has a particular focus on the themes of growth, decay and entropy.
Dance Ihayami is Scotland’s Indian dance company, dedicated to the contemporisation of Indian dance. The company challenges ideas about Indian classical dance and creates innovative contemporary work, regularly collaborating with different art forms and media. Dance Ihayami also runs an extensive education and community engagement programme for people of all background, age and ability.
Singer and songwriter Jill is a woman of many talents, with a particularly sublime voice. She takes her musical talents with her for gigs and workshops for the homeless, recovering addicts and prisoners at HM Prison, Barlinnie. She is a fantastic musician who embodies the spirit of music being for everyone.
Calum is a PhD student at the University of Glasgow, where his research revolves around the poetics of Scottish revolutionary Ian Hamilton Finlay. He is also a fine poet and spoken word performer, performing with a vital exuberance that is simply astonishing.
Urte is in her 3rd year at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, studying piano under Jonathan Plowright. She will be performing work by Lithuanian composer and painter Mikalojus Konstantinas Ciurlionis, whilst exploring the relationship between music and visual art.
The brainchild of Anna Emmins, Electric Penelope is an established singer and songwriter. Her music draws influence from a plethora of genres, particularly jazz and modern pop music, evoking an aural image of the 1960s. But those are just my musings, you’ll have to hear her for yourself.
Darling Ghost is a musical creation that grew from the creative mind of Sheena Bernett and her solo work. Aurally and visually striking, it is a continuously evolving project, featuring dramatic early-1900s costuming, orchestral instruments and improvisation. Sheena is currently studying on the MA Musical Theatre course at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Jamie’s project “Drum Your Own Beat” looks to excite people, even those without a musical background. Inclusive and highly enjoyable, with a an emphasis on the “pick up and play” element of drumming, this is one for everyone. Jamie is also the nicest guy you will ever meet, as well as a devoted exponent of music therapy.
Singer/songwriter and former Glasgow City FC player Sharon is a wonder to behold. If you haven’t witnessed her perform live in Glasgow yet, you will certainly want to after you’ve heard her deliciously husky vocals. She’ll be performing her single “City of Dreams” as part of Laura Montgomery’s talk.
Paul Rutherford, a.k.a Nasty P, is an Edinburgh based DJ and producer specialising in hip hop. Paul has performed around the globe and will be presenting a spread of fine tuned songs from his album along with some new compositions, mixing and performing the selection live. Impressed yet?
Nima has grown up all over the world. Of German and Senegalese descent, Nima’s background is based in dance theatre and movement. Currently studying on the BA Contemporary Performance Practice course at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Nima will be performing as both a jazz singer and spoken word performer. Indeed she is a diverse artist and always a pleasure to witness on the stage or with a mic in hand.
Loud, thought-provoking, brimming with manic vitality. These are just a few thoughts that spring to mind when Sam speaks. A champion of Glasgow’s burgeoning spoken word scene, this humble Poetry Sensei never fails to give a spectacular performance.