Scottish experimentalists, Sarahjane Swan & Roger Simian, aka The Bird And The Monkey, have collaborated since 2010 on music, films, art, writing & music videos.
Shortlisted for the Edinburgh International Film Festival Short Film Challenge 2016, short films & music videos by Swan & Simian have screened in North America (Toronto Urban Film Festival); London (London Short Film Festival, Portobello Film Festival, Exploding Cinema); Scotland (EIFF, Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival, Edinburgh Digital Entertainment Festival, LowDef at the Hidden Door Festival, Forest Cafe, FOMO). The pair have created 5 major video art installations since 2012 and were awarded a grant from the South of Scotland VACMA (Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards) in 2015.
Songs by The Bird And The Monkey have aired regularly on BBC 6Music (Tom Robinson); AmazingRadio (Jim Gellatly); AcaciaRadio (Ian Hales) and TD1 Radio (Donald Strachan). Experimental track, Moon Moth, was used in the soundtrack of BBC2 teen drama, The Cut, and picked for the Glasgow Herald’s Top 100 Tunes of 2015. Paul Kerr from The Devil Has The Best Tuna MP3 blog has championed the music of Swan and Simian since 2009 and suggested the name The Bird And The Monkey.