Cryptic is a Glasgow based internationally-renowned producing art house, presenting today’s most imaginative, innovative artists whilst also nurturing the creative talent of tomorrow. We create high quality, memorable, innovative experiences that fuse music, sonic art and multi-media that continue to pioneer our art form.
Founded by Cathie Boyd in 1994, the company has thrived on artistic innovation and creative risk-taking, which has subsequently created an environment where artists have been encouraged to push artistic boundaries.
To date, Cryptic has presented 91 productions (including 28 world premieres), which have been seen in 25 countries to an audience of more than 80,000.
In 2014, Cryptic celebrated 20 years of ‘ravishing the senses.’
“Sensuous, imaginative and sumptuously visual, an extraordinary and innovative company.” – The Times
Cryptic Associates – Supporting emerging talent:
Cryptic Associates was established in 2011 to nurture and develop the next generation of creative artists. Associates work across artfoms to create artworks with sound and/or music at the heart of their practice.
Cryptic acts as producer, mentor and promoter for a number of selected artists and allows them space and time to develop their creative and artistic practice. Utilising the wealth of Cryptic’s experience and expertise, the Cryptic Associates’ programme provides professional, artistic and practical support to help artists excel and experiment.
All share a curiosity to extend the boundaries of their work and an interest in combining music, sonic and visual art and technology in their performances.
Current Cryptic Associates are: Josh Armstrong, Kathy Hinde, Mark Lyken, Robbie Thomson and Sven Werner.
Cryptic Nights – Stay curious…
Recognizing the need for a regular, supportive platform for emerging Scottish artists with fresh ideas, Cryptic launched Cryptic Nights in 2009 and have to date, presented over 215 artists in partnership with the Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA) in Glasgow.
Crossing creative boundaries with live music, visual and sonic art, film and new media, Cryptic Nights presents a selection of the highest quality emerging talent to inspire, invigorate and excite audiences across the UK.
Highlights have included: Anna Meredith, Raydale Dower, New Media Scotland and Oliver Coates.
Sonica – Sonic art for the visually minded:
A unique programme of events dedicated to world-class sonic arts, presenting emerging British talent alongside exceptional international artists in collaboration with renowned co-producers and venues. Sonica gives a UK platform to performances of extraordinary and rarely seen work.
“If you want to experience the thrilling interface where music, visual art, theatre and digital technology meet, hasten to Glasgow, where the sparky new Sonica has taken over the city.” – The Times
“This is the future of contemporary music.” – artsdesk.com
Folk Renaissance III: continuing our look at folk roots in the concert hall
Traditional: Scottish folk songs
Sally Beamish: String Quartet No. 4, “Nine Fragments” (2018) (U.S. Premiere)
Schumann: Quartet in A Minor, Op. 41, No. 1
Elias String Quartet (Sara Bitlloch, violin; Donald Grant, violin; Simone van der Giessen, viola; Marie Bitlloch, cello)
The internationally acclaimed Elias String Quartet captivated Da Camera’s audience with their encore of Scottish folk tunes when they appeared in 2017. Now they return with two distinct programs. Over two nights, the Elias Quartet traces the history of British music from Purcell to Britten to esteemed contemporary composer Sally Beamish. Anchoring their programs are two great masterpieces by Schubert and Schumann. Their Tuesday program is the second concert at the Menil pairing folk songs with a contemporary works.
John Armitage Memorial Concert
Songs from the Marshes performed by Selwyn College Choir and conducted by Michael Bawtree
Also features Tallis’s Lights for brass quintet and organ.
Featuring Arild Andersen, Tommy Smith & Paolo Vinaccia
Nordic jazz has its own heroes, and foremost among them are master bassist, Arild Andersen and drummer/percussionist, Paolo Vinaccia. Both are admired as pre-eminent jazz masters, and are strongly associated with impressive jazz music that exploits overlooked possibilities. They collaborate here with Tommy Smith and the SNJO to tell new and original jazz stories spun around Norse legends, and together will exploit the unlimited potential of musical imagery.
Imaginations will run riot as Thor swings that famous hammer and Odin’s thunder rolls high above the roof of Valhalla. Scandinavian jazz increasingly incorporates folk and hymnal elements from Norse music. It is a phenomenon that is often reflected in Scottish jazz, and it’s worth noting too that Scottish folk music shares some Norse heritage. This project will demonstrate that startling new music is still waiting to be discovered, created, heard and shared.
Mozart: String Quartet No. 15 in D Minor, K. 421
Sally Beamish: New commission, title to be announced
Schumann: String Quartet in A Minor, op. 41, no. 1
Sandra Porter Mezzo-soprano
Graeme McNaught piano
Bournemouth Chamber Music Society present the Divertimenti String Sextet who will be performing music by:
- Dvorak: Sextet in A major, op.48
- Beamish: Divertimenti
- Brahms: Sextet no.2 in G major, op.36
- SCHUBERT Quartet in A Minor, D. 804, “Rosamunde”
- SALLY BEAMISH String Quartet NO. 4, “Nine Fragments”
- SCHUMANN Quartet in A Minor, Op. 41, No. 1