What’s new with HIVE?

HIVEsplaining: Birds! – 19th Feb 22

At last year’s NI Science Festival, HIVE Choir broke the 4th wall of your laptop screen with their interactive online concert HIVEsplaining: Your Ears – a musical exploration of the science behind human hearing.This year, HIVE alight on a new research topic to hatch a fully-fledged new show – HIVEsplaining: Birds!

Belfast’s resident weirdo vocal brood have put all their eggs in one basket and are fluttering around to find out more about birds: their bodies, their migrations, and how they relate to our wider ecosystem. HIVE have been hopping through books, articles and the hidden nests of the internet to help peck apart the big questions: Why do we love the sound of birdsong? What do birds think? And why are we so jealous of their power of flight?

So join HIVE Choir for an artistic exploration of all things ornithological. As usual, expect them to ruffle some feathers as they wing-it with some alternative musical notation, improvisation and sound games. Get ready to warble, caw, cheep, chatter, and chirp as HIVE take wing on a musical adventure through the world of birds.

Info & free tickets: https://nisciencefestival.com/events/hivesplaining-birds

HIVE with OULAN – 24th Feb 22

This February we return to Belfast’s newest venue 2 Royal Avenue to perform with OULAN (Loula Yorke & Una Lee).

OULAN combines the sonic forces of Loula Yorke (electronics) and Una Lee (vocals), co-recipients of the Oram Award 2020. This exciting collaboration inspires the two artists to bring their best elements to the improvisational table: Lee’s sublime vocal work navigates in real-time through her diverse musical languages, arriving in an eerie envelopment of Yorke’s ephemeral, aleatoric electronics, producing a dynamic, colourful yet intimate soundscape.

Thu 24th Feb 7.30pm

Info & free tickets here.

Alfred Wallis exhibition closing, The MAC – 11th Mar 22

Alfred Wallis – Five fishing boats anchored by pier and lighthouse, n.d., Oil and graphite on card, 107 x 225 mm, © Kettle’s Yard, University of Cambridge‌

HIVE will lead a sea-shanty singalong at the closing event for The MAC’s exhibition of Afred Wallis paintings on 11th March 2022.

The evening will include traditional music, poetry and a performance by HIVE friends – Landless.

Info: https://themaclive.com/event/i-hear-the-sound-of-little-fishes

Other Recent Projects

HIVEsplaining: Your Ears (2021)

Keening in Cathedral Quarter (2020)

Retreat to Stone, Stone in Retreat (2021)

Home Within (for Didem) (2020)

It Being in Springtime (Craigie Hill for multiple windows) (2020)