Hanna Tuulikki & High Heels and Horse Hair

Hanna Tuulikki is an artist, composer and performer based in Scotland. She studied Sculpture and Environmental Art at Glasgow School of Art (2003-2006) before establishing her studio in Glasgow where she still lives and works. She has a particular interest in mimesis as revealed within musical and movement traditions in different cultures. She uses drawing as a way of recording and translating both sound and movement that in turn generates site-specific performances, immersive audio installations, and
choreography. Works have been created for BBC Radio; Kochi-Muziris Biennale, India; Wood Street Galleries, Pittsburgh; Marseille Expos; Edinburgh Art Festival; Edinburgh Printmakers; Glasgow 2014’s Cultural Programme; Glasgow International; RMIT, Melbourne; ATLAS Arts; BALTIC, Gateshead; CCA, Glasgow; Travelling Gallery for GENERATION; Tramway, Glasgow.

Sonia Cromarty and Alice Rickards launched High Heels and Horse Hair in 2010 at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Since then the award-winning string duo have performed across Scotland in concert halls, gardens and schools, driven by a desire to share their passion for live chamber music.

Sonia Cromarty studied cello and baroque cello at the RSAMD, gaining a First Class Honours’ degree and Post-graduate Diploma with Distinction. Based in Glasgow, she enjoys a busy freelance career that has taken her from South America to the Arctic. She works with all Scotland’s leading orchestras, holds several teaching roles and particularly enjoys playing chamber music in unusual places.

Alice Rickards has had a varied career in chamber music and early music, performing in ensembles such as The Australian Haydn Ensemble and the Dunedin Consort. She is green-fingered and loves her garden, wildflower meadow and allotment in Glasgow. When her hands aren’t covered in soil they are playing the violin in the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

The TRANSPLANTED project was inspired by Scottish Baroque composer James Oswald’s Airs for the Seasons – a set of 96 mini sonatas for violin and cello, each depicting a different plant or flower and written on one side of paper. Oswald drew on many different aspects of the plants to create his music – appearance, historical significance, medicinal uses and symbolism. Tuulikki’s contemporary musical drawing/notation draws on the rich cultural associations of Viola Tricolor: in particular its associations with romantic and bawdy love. The score resembles the shape of the plant, like the heart-shaped score by Medieval French composer Baude Cordier. The form of both violin and cello resemble the Viola Tricolor, which share a common etymological root.