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MISSED CONNECTIONS


A conceptual, collaborative songwriting project by Hannah Fredsgaard and Olivia Rafferty, inspired by Craigslist classifieds.


Glasgow based Danish songwriter Hannah and London based Scottish songwriter Olivia met at Findlay Napier and Boo Hewerdine’s Bird on a Wire songwriting workshop in March 2021. After the course ended, they did a lyric swap exercise, collaboratively writing songs based on Craigslist classifieds. For each song, one person wrote the lyrics and the other wrote the melody.

The small exercise resulted in two songs which had such charm, they decided to keep writing and start a larger project. “Missed Connections” is the result.

Starting in April 2021, two songs a week will be shared, based off of posts from Best of Craigslist.


Hannah: “Can you have an instant connection with someone you have never met in real life? Well, on Thursday 18 March at 12 minutes past 5, Olivia and I whatsapp messaged each other at the exact same time, asking if the other one would be up for co-writing. What a pity with all the missed connections on Craigslist. Having found ours so easily I suppose we owe them the honour of turning them into songs.”

 

Olivia: “I suggested to Hannah we do a lyric swap exercise based on posts from “Best of Craigslist,” which, if you don’t know, is basically an online classifieds. My favourite post there is about someone who accidentally bought 1325 novelty pope hats and is trying to get rid of them. Anyway, the weird stories we found there were perfect for songs. It’s a really special project which feels different to anything I’ve done before.”

LOVE SINGING: A SONGWRITING COMMISION 

Love Singing is a community singing initiative funded by Creative Scotland. It celebrates the resilience of choirs and their communities and its aim is to promote and support creative, healthy singing communities across Scotland.


Hannah was chosen as a composer and songwriter for the project and commisioned to write a new piece for and devised with 'Freedom of Mind Community Choir'. 


Once published (expected August 2021), the song and the learning resources will be freely available for any choir to use and sing. 

NOT WHAT I IMAGINED

A shapeshifter: to be able to morph and slide into the crevasses of society (?). That would be fantastic. Not because I am nosey or gossip-prone, but because my life could then be endless discoveries.

 

NOT WHAT I IMAGINED is a sound installation by interdisciplinary artist, Anthony Madonna, and composer and audio producer, Hannah Fredsgaard-Jones. Composed of various field recordings, vocal improvisations, and journal entires, the piece situates the listener in the center of Madonna’s explorations of and mediations within the natural landscapes of the Hamptons.

 

Installed within Duck Creek Arts Center’s exhibition, Darklight: Darius Yektai, the piece invites an intimate audience for an immersive multi-sensory experience; introspectively questioning human connection, stillness, and natural surroundings through visual and aural mediums.


Shown September 5-27 2020 at Duck Creek Arts Center, East Hampton NY 


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All images by Gary Mamay Photo

FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT

Freedom of Movement was a collaboratively curated exhibition for Tate Exchange, shown at Tate Modern in 2019. 


Hannah’s piece in this event was a hat blowing station with video installation, hat folding and electric fans.

It explored the inner and outer qualities of sudden, unexpected movement. 


The durational event invited audiences to examine the nature of movement in space and time, ecountered through sound works, performances and experiments.

Photos: Tom Medwell

I GREW UP WITH SILENCE

I Grew Up With Silence was part of Hannah’s practice based research at the Guildhall School.


The event took the shape of a staged audio and performance experience in Milton Court Studio Theatre, May 2018. The piece was a collaboration between Kristina Kapilin and Hannah Fredsgaard-Jones.


Cello: Anthony Madonna, clarinet: Morgan Schoonover, violin: Magdalena Barszcz, guitar and vocal: Hannah Fredsgaard-Jones, performer: Kristina Kapilin


Photos: Tom Medwell

UNFINISHED


The installation was exhibited at Barbican Openfest, Charter House, London, March 2018. 


Papier-maché heads, headphones, mp3 players. Exploring intimacy and confession, identity, voice and contexts of listening. 

Concept and design by Jillian Hanks Meyer and Hannah Fredsgaard-Jones. Audio by Hannah Fredsgaard-Jones.


CONDITIONS FOR GROWTH

An exploration of the greenhouse as an articially controlled enviroment. 


Conditions for Growth was created in collaboration with graphic desingers Moe Elhossieny and Cecilia Bianchini. The piece was part of Make/Shift, a performance installation with works by musicians from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and visual artists from Central Saint Martins, shown at Curious Festival 2017 at the Barbican Exhibition Halls.


Photos: Tom Medwell