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Henry McPherson is an artist, improvising performer, researcher and composer. His diverse practice draws on the visual, sonic, and somatic, and frequently involves the production of scores, prompts, and stimulus material in various forms of media, for interpretation through sound, movement, and other performance. He maintains a focus on score (in its various definitions) as interface, document-object, and archive, capable of generating unlimited avenues of interpretive and communicative possibility. Henry’s current work explores ritual and relational nonverbal communication, improvising networks, systems and enmeshment, the queering of hierarchical spaces and structures, and improvised ecologies.
Henry is a founding member of Improvising trio Noisebringers, along with Brice Catherin (FR), and Maria Sappho (USA), UK-based interdisciplinary collective EAST (Experimental Artists Social Theatre), and is one third of the Queer chamber trio Savage Parade (with Adam Hall, USA, and Inkeri Kallio, FI). He has recently held the position of artist in residence at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity (Alberta, Canada), and at Despina gallery (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) with the Fruitmarket gallery (Edinburgh). He is co-editor and curator of the MASS, a monthly online collection of discursive art, articles, and opinion pieces addressing global issues. Henry’s work has been shared in Europe, North, and South America, with recent collaborators including: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra with Martyn Brabbins, Scottish Opera, Ensemble Modern, RedNote, Garth Knox, DECIBEL, Psappha, Michael Schumacher, and John Canfield.
He is at present a researcher at the University of Huddersfield Centre for Research in New Music, and Research Centre for Performance Practice, supported by a PhD Studentship in Music and Dance, in association with Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. He is also a graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (2013 - 2018), and an award holder of the Help Musicians Transmission Fund (2018); the Harriet Cohen Memorial Music award (2018); the Patron’s Prize for Composition (2017); Opera Sparks (2017 – Scottish Opera); and the Dinah Wolfe Memorial Prize for Composition (2013).