“Michael Begg is one of our most significant contemporary experimental composers. A true visionary, Begg has quietly developed his own unique and affecting compositional style and sound.”
The Active Listener
Michael Begg is an award winning composer, sound artist and musician based in East Lothian, Scotland.
Michael Begg’s music is located in the place where formal composition and electronic erosion meet; a liminal space coloured by longing and discomfort.
In 2017, he released TITAN: A Crane Is A Bridge, subsequent to completing a commission from Cryptic for Sonica 2017. The commission comprised an original site responsive work to be situated in the wheelhouse on top of the 150 ft tall Titan Crane in Clydebank, Scotland.
TITAN won the New Music Scotland 2018 Holiday Inn Theatreland Award for New Electroacoustic / Sound Art work.
In 2018, he completed a composer residency at CMMAS, Mexico, as part of Seeing Hearking UK Mexico, a three-year collaboration between the UK and Mexico made possible with the support of Anglo Arts the cultural department of The Anglo Mexican Foundation A.C; British Council Mexico, CMMAS (Centro Mexicano para la Musica y las Artes Sonoras) and Cryptic. The work undertaken in Morelia, Mexico, informed his subsequent recording, Sonambulo.
In 2019, Michael was named as the first Associate Artist in Residence to Edinburgh’s Queen’s Hall.
He is the artistic director of the Black Glass Ensemble, and currently curates the LIMINAL season of performances and development events at the Queen’s Hall.
“one of the most important experimental composers of our time” CCD Radio, Mexico