Rylan Gleave (b.1997) is a Glasgow-based composer and vocalist whose music addresses intersectional identity, re-contextualised natural situations, and quiet, furious resistance. His music has been praised as ‘haunting’ by The Herald, and ‘rapturous’ by The Scotsman, who named him ‘One to Watch’ 2021, describing him as ‘one of the brightest lights in Scotland’s new music scene’. His compositions tend to address both personal and political matters, with recent exploration of navigating gender/neurodiversity and seclusion, non-linear acceptance of trauma, the shores of Scottish archipelagos, and broken instruments alongside the heavy snoring of his partner.
His professional affiliations include OVER / AT, a new concert series and trans music-making world: the British Paraorchestra, as a composer/performer: JACK Quartet NYC, as a JACK Studio Artist 2020-22: and theatrical black metal band Ashenspire, as live vocalist. He has been awarded the Musician’s Company Silver Medal 2020, becoming a Young Artist of the company until 2025, 2nd Prize (Septet) by The Diversity Initiative 2020 in their inaugural year, The Kimie Composition Award 2018-19, and The Dinah and Walter Wolfe Memorial Award 2019. Rylan is currently on the Touretteshero Young Artist Development Programme, and looks forward to announce more embargoed news soon.
Other international collaborations include work with Crossing Borders Music, as a composer, co-host, and panellist, for a concert of Disabled composers worldwide, and with newEar Chamber Ensemble, commissioned by No Divide KC, for Come As You Are; Vulnerability in the Concert Space. Locally, Rylan has been commissioned by soundfestival, Any Enemy Ensemble, Red Note Ensemble, Hebrides Ensemble, DaDaFest, and Nevis Ensemble, and has worked on projects with Live Music Now, Drake Music Scotland, The Brodick Quartet, Glasgow New Music Expedition, Composers+ Academy, National Youth Dance Company of Scotland, Psappha Ensemble (Composing for…scheme), and The Cumnock Tryst, among others. He was recently selected to represent Scotland at ISCM Word Music Days 2021 – Shanghai and Nanning, with string quartet in waves selected for jury consideration.
Rylan performs as a live and recording artist for contemporary vocal works, and with Wellington Church Choir, in the West End of Glasgow. After recording vocals for Adam with National Theatre of Scotland, he was interviewed by the BBC about trans representation in music. Recent performance collaborations have been with Rufus Isabel Elliot, Finn Patrick McLean, Maud the Moth, S. McLean, Lucy Hale, Electra Perivolaris, Sonia Allori, Amit Anand, and with the cast of Hindsight 2020. Rylan holds an ABRSM Teaching Diploma, aiming to facilitate other trans/neurodivergent singers to reclaim their voices through creative noise-making. He has worked on projects with MusicALL and COMA Glasgow, in addition to taking private students, and is in-demand as a vocal tutor with experience of navigating a late-breaking voice, due to Testosterone.
Rylan is currently studying a Master of Music degree with Linda Buckley at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, supported by The Kenneth Barrett Scholarship from the RCS Trust, a Dewar Arts Award, and The Glasgow Educational and Marshall Trust, with additional support from The John Mathers Trust. He graduated from his Bachelor of Music Degree with First Class Honours in 2019, after studying with David Fennessy, following his training at Chetham’s School of Music.