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Unusual vocal compositions and ethereal soundscapes combine in BALTIC’s intriguing exhibition from Finnish-English vocalist and artist Hanna Tuulikki, which runs at the Gateshead gallery until late September.

Away With The Birds explores the representation of birds in the Scottish Gaelic song tradition and their inherent connection to the region. At the centre of the exhibition is Tuulikki’s vocal composition Guth an Eoin / Voice Of The Bird, a fifty minute composition written for an ensemble of ten female vocalists, which features a suite of movements combining a curious mixture of Gaelic tradition with expressive bird-like sounds, interweaved with source material from nine Gaelic songs and five poems. The result is a strangely hypnotic soundscape which weaves a recognisable Gaelic aesthetic around curious clicks, clucks and calls from seabirds, waders and wildfowl to produce a work of swooping majesty.

BALTIC’s exhibition will present the composition itself, the visual score and a variety of habitat drawings.

While there’s no doubt that BALTIC’s galleries offer the best location to view the artist’s compositions, the project is also available online to experience and share, with everything from field recordings of birds, to a film of the movement performed live on the Isle of Canna in the Scottish Inner Hebrides in 2014 along with artist commentaries, making for a delightfully immersive body of work.

Away With The Birds is at BALTIC, Gateshead until late September.

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