Sila Singers are a throat singing (katajjaq) duo consisting of two Inuit women, Jenna Broomfield and Malaya Bishop, originally from Nunatsiavut and Nunavut, Canada, respectively.
Malaya is completing her psychology degree at the University of Alberta and
Jenna is currently an associate lawyer. Sila Singers are honoured to have been invited to sing at various events across Canada and the world. Some recent celebrated performances have been for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) in 2014 and the Indianer Inuit: Das Nordamerika Film Festival in Stuttgart, Germany in 2016, iNuit Blanche, Inuit Studies Conference and Katingavik Arts Festival, in St. John’s, Newfoundland, and most recently SummerWorks Festival, Toronto, collaboration title ‘Katimajuit‘.
Hox (2018-19) is the result of a close collaboration with the unorthodox duo of Lina Andonovska (amplified bass flute) and Matthew Jacobson (drum kit). Written to the exceptional strengths of both players, the piece merges their respective practices in contemporary classical and improvised jazz performance. Hox uses amplification to pursue a sonic intimacy, embracing ambiguities between wheezing air and bristling snares, flickering drones and the groan of scraped skins. The title is borrowed from the genes that control the development of the animal body plan, directing common embryonic segments to diverge and transform into distinct body parts such as limbs, wings, vertebrate spines or invertebrate antennae. This transformation has an affinity with the piece’s cyclical, obsessive structure and fidgeting insect physicality. Most vividly present is the warbling ‘song’ of a wasp, transcribed for bass flute, fragmented and interwoven with cyclical grooves and visceral, panting gestures. BOH (2019)
Barry O’Halpin is a composer and guitarist from Dublin, Ireland and the 2018-19 Arts & Humanities Artist in Residence at UCD Parity Studios. He is a member of experimental rock band Alarmist and guitarist with Irish new music group Crash Ensemble, with whom he is also a current Composer-In-Residence. He has composed for groups including Crash Ensemble, Kirkos, Chamber Choir Ireland, Bastard Assignments and Fishamble Sinfonia, and has had work featured at Tokyo Wonder Site (JPN), New Music Dublin (IRL), and Borough New Music (UK). He has performed at festivals including Ottawa Jazz, Bang On A Can (USA), Gaida (Lithuania) and 12 Points (Sweden).