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ONES TO WATCH With only 100 spots to i ll, there were inevitable omissions as we whittled down our favourites. Arusa Qureshi gives a shout out to the folks that have just missed out, because despite not having made the list, they’re very much on our radar for 2019 and beyond
EH-FM is a new multimedia radio station based in Summerhall, whose range of shows have proven popular in the city thus far. The team aim to offer a platform where local talent and projects can be showcased, from arts and journalism to social enterprises and business. Also based in Summerhall, Miriam Attwood and Amy Taylor’s Don’t Speak podcast sees the pair joined by a rotating series of artists and creatives for occasionally silly but always wonderful and profound conversations. Musician Heather Leigh continues to
impress, with her second solo album taking an almost goth-pop direction. Finnish-born, Glasgow-based DJ and promoter IDA has been taking the Scottish club scene by storm with her Acid Flash parties, while electronic musician Amble Skuse’s new partnership with Alasdair Roberts and David McGuinness has resulted in the excellent album What News.
Holly McGowan and Sofya Staune of
Glasgow collective VAJ.Power work with interactive technology and sound, making their FUSE club nights as multi- sensory and accessible as possible. Diljeet Bhachu, meanwhile, is a highly skilled l autist, researcher and activist who recently co-founded the Scottish-Asian Creative Artists’ Network. Edinburgh-based writer, performer and artist Iona Lee’s debut poetry pamphlet was published this year by Birlinn to rave reviews, and we’re really looking forward to writer and journalist Charlotte Runcie’s i rst book, Salt on Your Tongue, which is due to be published in January 2019 by Canongate.
As well as starring in Karen Gillan’s directorial debut this year, comedian and actress Rachel Jackson has been busy previewing a new show, Slutty Little Goldi sh, the follow-up to her 2017 Fringe debut Bunny Boiler. Rosie Healey, head chef of Glasgow’s Alchemilla, has been causing quite the stir with her innovative take on Mediterranean cuisine, which Jay Rayner described as ‘a thoughtful mix of great ideas and ingredients’ earlier this year. Also in Glasgow, theatre company Modest Predicament, run by Jenny Gilvear and Shilpa T-Hyland, have had some exciting projects this year including History of a Life by Laurie Motherwell.
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ANNA MEREDITH STILL IN SEASON
Composer Anna Meredith is no stranger to The List’s Hot 100. After all, she topped our annual countdown in 2016 after the release of her debut album, Varmints, which won the Scottish Album of the Year Award. 2018 found Meredith in similarly creative form. Much of her work in contemporary classical and electronica captures an atmosphere
and an emotion, so a move into i lm was a natural progression for her approach to songwriting. Her i rst movie work arrived this year as she composed the soundtrack for American comedian Bo Burnham’s directorial debut Eighth Grade which had its world premiere at Sundance in January (Meredith’s score was released by Columbia in July).
Meredith toured America, Europe and the UK through the i rst quarter of 2018
with various orchestras, bands and ensembles, including the European premiere of Tuggemo, commissioned by the Kronos Quartet for their 50 for the Future Project. Five Telegrams – co-commissioned by BBC Proms, Edinburgh International Festival and 14-18 NOW – was one of her most ambitious projects to date. It marked the centenary of the end of World War I and was inspired by themes surrounding communications sent by young soldiers during the war.
The music was brought to life with a spectacular synchronised light show, created by 59 Productions, projected onto the Royal Albert Hall in London as part of the First Night of the Proms, and onto the Usher Hall as the Edinburgh International Festival’s opening event. Five Telegrams was also adapted for virtual reality piece ‘Nothing to be Written’ for a fully immersive experience. ‘59 Productions are obviously amazing,’ explained Meredith. ‘I was very honoured to have been asked to compose for this. I think often they work with pre-existing music, so this time round where it has been written from scratch it has been very important to make sure the visuals and music are synced up and that we are all on the same page.’
She returned to the EIF to perform Varmints with the Southbank Sinfonia as part of Light on the Shore, and also played the Fringe, with a live performance from her new album Anno (released on Moshi Moshi in August). This collaboration with the Scottish Ensemble mixed Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with original electronic and contemporary work composed by Meredith. (HN)