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
Andrea Baker Mezzo Soprano
Richard Lewis Piano
Join internationally celebrated mezzo soprano Andrea Baker as she presents the award-winning Sing Sistah Sing!, both a celebration of the sound and extraordinary breadth of African American female voices and a heartfelt retelling of some of their most incredible life stories.
Some of the women celebrated in Sing Sistah Sing! includes Leontyne Price, Marian Anderson, Donna Summer, Nina Simone and the great Billie Holiday. This performance brilliantly weaves together these women’s brave struggles both in the civil rights movement and in their fight for artistic freedom both at home and abroad. Some have chosen opera, jazz or blues to express their inner truth, but at the heart of the Sing Sistah Sing! story is that all of African American women carry in their souls and voices the sounds of their ancestors’ songs of the plantation. With Sing Sistah Sing! Andrea tells her own deeply personal story and pays joyful, soulful homage to many of the women who courageously paved the way.
Join the celebration!
Fri 25 Oct / 1pm
£5 – £10.50 (£8.50 conc.)
Tonight it’s time to swing, as the Orchestra with guest pianist Brian Kellock invite you to celebrate the extraordinary music of three great jazz legends: Count Basie, Duke Ellington and ‘Fats’ Waller. Pivotal to the evolution of 20th Century orchestral jazz, Basie, Ellington and Waller created music that defined an era and left a legacy of wonderful tunes.
The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra have chosen a fabulous range of pieces – foot tapping favourites, infectious swing, mellow mood and contemporary jazz – including tracks such as Basie’s wonderful Li’l Darlin’, Kid from Red Bank and Splanky, Ellington’s famous Daybreak Express and Single Petal of a Rose and Waller’s Jitterbug Waltz and Honeysuckle Rose. An unmissable evening with musicians of the very highest order!
Poets Tony Walsh & Stephen James Smith visit Glasgow on their autumn UK Tour
SCOTTISH NATIONAL JAZZ ORCHESTRA featuring Brian Kellock
It’s time to swing, as the award winning Scottish National Jazz Orchestra with pianist Brian Kellock invite you to celebrate the extraordinary music of three great jazz legends: Count Basie, Duke Ellington and ‘Fats’ Waller. Pivotal to the evolution of 20th Century orchestral jazz, Basie, Ellington and Waller created music that defined an era and left a legacy of wonderful tunes.
The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra have chosen a fabulous range of pieces with which to pay their respects and thrill the audience – foot tapping favourites, infectious swing, mellow mood and contemporary jazz – including tracks such as Basie’s wonderful Li’l Darlin’, Kid from Red Bank and Splanky, Ellington’s famous Daybreak Express and Single Petal of a Rose and Waller’s Jitterbug Waltz and Honeysuckle Rose.
Great swing means everything in orchestral jazz and the repertoires of Basie, Ellington and Waller have it in enormous bundles of unbridled joy.
Scotland’s most creative guitar society provide this unique opportunity for the winner to perform as part of their annual season.
Göran Söllscher Guitar
From his live performances and remarkable recordings for Deutsche Grammophon, Swedish guitarist Göran Söllscher has earned resounding praise for his exceptional musicality as well as his dedication to expanding the solo guitar repertoire. Since winning the 1978 Paris International Guitar Competition, has performed throughout the world – Europe, North and South America, China, Japan, Scandinavia – in recitals and as guest soloist with symphony orchestras, often playing on a highly unusual 11-string guitar.
We’re absolutely thrilled that Göran kicks off our Big Guitar Weekend of 2019 with all performances being recorded for BBC Radio 3.