Lullaby – The Singing Bowl

The Singing Bowl Is a contemporary exploration of night-time sounds interspersed with lullabies from India. Sound artist Duncan Chapman, working with a collection of night sounds from different parts of the globe, creates a unique soundscape that forms the perfect complement for the soothing Indian lullabies explored by vocalist Supriya Nagarajan.  Shakuhachi player Mike Mclnerney completes the trio, bringing this unique Japanese instrument to life.

This is a 45 minute music performance in a relaxed setting.

Supriya Nagarajan is the director of Manasamitra and works internationally as a vocalist. Although her training is in South Indian classical music, Supriya has worked with a number of artists from other genres creating new musical vocabulary and constantly widening the boundaries through collaboration. She also works in the education and community sectors, developing a range of projects, using music within a social context.

Duncan Chapman is a Lincoln based, Composer/Sound Artist who regularly works with many leading music organisations in the UK including The Royal Opera House, Spitalfields Music, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Britten Sinfonia, Wigmore Hall, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Sound Festival, BBC and Sound & Music. He is a frequent traveller to more exotic locations with projects and performances in Tokyo, Singapore, Switzerland, Budapest and throughout Europe.
Much of his work involves composing and devising work with groups and often results in sound installations, recordings and multi-media performances.
Current projects include a piece for the London Chamber Orchestra and a piece for a family concert to be played by the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group.

Dr Mike McInerney studied under the master shakuhachi player Yoshikazu Iwamato as well as with the enlightened Zen master Tanchu Terayama. The shakuhachi flute is a Japanese traditional instrument associated with Zen Buddhism. As a composer and performer, he makes use of the unique soundworld and expressive range of the instrument to create an interface with live technology. He has performed new music for shakuhachi and electronics at the Berghain and NK, in Berlin, Alte Schmiede, Vienna, St John’s Church, Notting Hill and Plymouth Contemporary Music Festival. Other recent works have also been presented at Neue Töne Open in Stuttgart, Spitalfields Winter Festival , Noise=Noise, the Unit for Sound Practice Research at Goldsmith’s College, Sonic Arts’ EXPO Leeds, Brighton and Plymouth, as well as numerous local performances in his home county of Devon. Mike is subject lead in music composition with the School of Humanities and Performing Arts at the University of Plymouth.

Musicians and Soundscape Composition

Carnatic Singing Supriya Nagarajan
Soundscape Duncan Chapman
Shakuhachi Flute Mike McInerney

  • Sunday 27 September / Workshop 11am, Performance 11.45pm
  • Wakefield Literature Festival
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  • Venue – The Orangery, Back Lane, Wakefield WF1 2TG.
  • Tickets – Workshop FREE – but must book in advance. Performance tickets £5
  • Box Office – 01924 831 114 / Bookings via Unity Works, Westgate, Wakefield WF1 1EP – 01924 831114 – Opening hours – Monday – Friday 9 – 5pm



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