On A Wing and A Prayer (Shetland)

Repertoire On a Wing and a Prayer - Shetland, by Katherine Wren; On A Wing and A Prayer - Shetland, by Renzo Spiteri

On a Wing and a Prayer – doing something in the hope that you will succeed despite being insufficiently prepared. Taking this figure of speech as a starting point for humankind’s approach to the climate crisis, Katherine Wren of Nordic Viola enters into musical conversation with percussionist, composer and improviser Renzo Spiteri.

Together they explore Shetland's moorland and sea habitats moving from a state of serenity and harmony with nature to the impact of windfarms on the moorland habitat and of bird flu on species such as the gannet and great skua. The programme ends with the hope of a more harmonious existence between humankind and nature. Katherine and Renzo's original approach to their instruments and blend with natural sound, poetic fragments and electronics creates a unique and reflective soundscape.

In the open, relaxed space of Scottish Music Centre, audiences will have the opportunity to meet the performers and their instruments before and after the show and to share their own experiences of our nature and environment. All are welcome at this relaxed performance and there is space to move in and out of the performance setting if desired. The venue is fully accessible.

Katherine and Renzo will also be talking about their work at the Music and/as Process Conference 2024: Environment, Space and Place at the Advanced Research Centre (University of Glasgow), and presenting their collaborative piece Windfarm alongside poet Lesley Harrison.


On A Wing and A Prayer was created through funding by Creative Scotland.

Performers Katherine Wren, Renzo Spiteri
Promoter Nordic Viola
Submitted by Renzo Spiteri

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