Deep Time: A festival of new music


For too long, the climate fight has been limited to scientists and policy experts. While we need their skills, we also need so much more. When I survey the field, it’s clear that what we desperately need is more artists. – Mary Heglar

Deep Time was Fruitmarket’s first festival of new music featuring commissions and performances from leading radical and experimental composers, musicians and improvisors. They were brought together in the context of deep time to explore ideas of time and temporality, stasis and movement, provocation and play, ritual and activism in art and music, drawing their inspiration from geology, philosophy, popular culture, the natural world, and the need for art to engage with the reality of the climate crisis.

The festival premiered two inventive new commissions by Germany-based Croatian composer Sara Glojnarić – winner of the Ernst von Siemens Förderpreis 2023, Erste Bank Composition Award and Darmstadt’s Kranichstein Music Prize – and Dundee-based Japanese composer and improvisor Shiori Usui– a BBC Proms commissioned composer and recipient of a 2018 Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for Artists – as part of four days of performance, improvisation, talks, late night DJ sets and curated playlists that opened up Fruitmarket to some of the most innovative and boundary-challenging new music.   

Angela Wai Nok Hui | Yshani Perinpanayagam | p.e.r.s.o.n.a.l.c.l.u.t.t.e.r (Jenni Hogan, Rosie Middleton, Katherine Tinker, Helen Whitaker) | Plus Minus Ensemble (Mark Knoop, Alice Purton, Vicky Wright) | Simone Seales | Pat Thomas | Katherine Tinker

Uri Agnon | Laurence Crane | George Crumb | Davíð Brynjar Franzson | Sara Glojnarić | Esin Gunduz | Jenni Hogan | Bernhard Lang | Liza Lim | Jessie Marino | Claudia Molitor | Njabulo Phungula | Max Syedtollan | Berglind María Tómasdóttir | Shiori Usui | Gillian Walker | Jennifer Walshe


In partnership with the Sir Charles Lyell Collection, Centre for Research Collections, University of Edinburgh and Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh 

Supported by The Leche Trust and Longrow Capital and Lee Qian


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Images: Chris Scott


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