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 musical practice is inclusive, and involves mending the unfeigned gaps in his classical study with the healings of imaginative neuro-/gender-divergent kinship.
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 recently have included exploration of navigating autistic seclusion, non-linear acceptance of trauma, the shores of Scottish archipelagos, and the qualities of his breaking trans-masc voice.
His professional affiliations include OVER / AT, a new concert series and trans music-making world founded by Rufus Isabel Elliot: 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 studying on the Touretteshero Young Artist Development Programme with Jess Thom, and working with Cox's Bazar Rohingya Refugee Musicians in Bangladesh, after receiving a British Council Unlimited Micro Award.
Other international collaborations include work with Crossing Borders Music, as a composer, co-host, and panellist, for concert Disabled Composers Around The World, and with newEar Chamber Ensemble, with a new work commissioned by No Divide KC, for Come As You Are; Vulnerability in the Concert Space. Rylan's project KITH has been nominated for Forecast Edition 6, Berlin, where he is receiving mentoring from composer/performer Sofia Jernberg, and working alongside fellow nominees and dancer/choreographers Talia De Vries and Flora Detráz.
Locally, Rylan has been commissioned by soundfestival, Any Enemy Ensemble, Red Note Ensemble, Hebrides Ensemble, The Edinburgh Quartet, 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.
As a live and recording artist for contemporary vocal works, and with Wellington Church Choir, in the West End of Glasgow, Rylan is fortunate to enjoy performing in a variety of contexts. After recording vocals for Adam with National Theatre of Scotland, he was interviewed by the BBC about trans representation in music, alongside Harrison Knights. 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, The Musicians' Company, 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 holds a Master of Music degree with tuition from Linda Buckley from 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 as a mezzo-soprano at Chetham’s School of Music.