Meet Ditte and Caitlin, the artists selected to work together and create new music that explores what it means to be connected in today’s world.
Ditte Elly Goard is a British-Danish musician and visual artist based in Aarhus, Denmark. She works across multiple genres – folk, choral, electronic, pop – but always with common themes of collaboration and storytelling. Since 2017, Ditte has performed and released music under the name ‘Musikeum’: this project is both an ever-evolving band and a museum of sorts. Each album released is a musical documentation of a specific story, and is presented as a ‘museum archive’.
Based in Manchester, Caitlin Laing-McEvoy is a vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, writer and arranger. She has performed at gigs and festivals across the world with various groups, including afrobeat group Agbeko and alternative duo/collective Oystercatcher. Over the past year she has been developing a collaborative writing project with award-winning composer/saxophonist Andy Scott, as well as spending time experimenting with production and technology. While she loves to move between and bring together different sound worlds, a foundation of vulnerability and honesty are at the core of everything she writes.
A co-commission with Library Live, Manchester as part of our gender equality programme Both Sides Now, Ditte and Caitlin will be collaborating online over the next three months with mentoring support from UK top ten selling and MOBO nominated singer, songwriter and artist Andreya Triana.
“For me, collaboration is the most exciting way of working, so I can’t wait to see what kind of sound comes from working with Caitlin. I’m also really looking forward to digging deeper into the theme of connection – I would love for this project to spark conversation about belonging and loneliness and ultimately to encourage a stronger sense of community and solidarity in our world.” – Ditte
“This year has really felt like some bizarre nightmare. Being apart, then reunited briefly, then apart again; it feels like one of those dreams where you can’t quite get to your destination. To me, the online alternatives – social media, messaging, video calls – don’t come anywhere close to the feeling of being physically close to somebody. I feel so lucky to have been offered the opportunity to reflect on how we can be closer again. I can’t wait to collaborate with Ditte and receive mentoring from Andreya.” – Caitlin
We look forward to getting a glimpse into their creative and collaborative process over the coming months – and can’t wait to see how they choose to present their work to the world in 2021! Stay tuned for updates…