Sequoia is an award-winning string duo, dedicated to exploring the natural world through music.
Intimate performances showcase Scotland's music and its environment,
inspiring, informing and inviting connection.
"Exquisite fusion music"
- Three Weeks Edinburgh
"Cromarty and Rickards performed with nuance and composure, both of them deeply musical players"
- Kate Molleson, The Herald
Created in collaboration with composer Fergus Hall, Isola [pronounced ee-so-la] shines a spotlight on contemporary Scottish classical music and also draws on the talent of a number of celebrated Scottish writers, with narration and poetry by Alexander McCall Smith and Hamish Henderson.
Described as ‘thought-provoking and alluring’, the music within Isola explores the tactility and fragile timbres of string instruments, shifting between melodic line and gesture, spoken word and grit. It takes influence from free improvisation and Scottish traditional music, as well as contemporary classical practices.
Clōta’s Song is a collaboration between Sequoia and filmmaker Monika Smekot featuring music and text by Lisa Robertson. Created to highlight the themes of Keep Scotland Beautiful’s Upstream Battle campaign, it considers our relationship with the Clyde from past to present through the eyes of mythological Celtic river goddess, Clōta.
Created as part of the project WATER MUSIC source to sea.
End of Rain/Clear Sky
End of Rain & Clear Sky are tunes by Ayrshire fiddler Alastair Savage and describe a view looking across the Firth of Clyde from Ardrossan to the Isle of Arran, after the rain. This music video by Monika Smekot dives under the overlooked water and explores a restored kaleidoscopic kingdom of sea life at Lamlash Bay.
Created as part of the WATER MUSIC source to sea project in association with the Community of Arran Seabed Trust (COAST) with underwater footage by Howard Wood.