Super excited about a project I’m directing next month, SHIFTS, which will feature students from the University of Southampton Music Department performing as part of the Hartley Loop Orchestra at Turner Sims. We’ll be performing music by Steve Reich and Lois V. Vierk as well as new pieces by my super cool colleagues Drew Crawford and Brona Martin. I’ve written a new version of a solo percussion piece I wrote for the London Sinfonietta a few years ago – this time featuring large ensemble and called Changing Up + (rather than Changing Up!). Fellow Workers Union family member Joley Cragg is coming to play the solo part. More details on the poster below!
Really delighted to be performing The Virus Within: Hearing HIV again in March next year thanks to funding from the University of Southampton Public Engagement with Research Team. Workers Union Ensemble will perform the work twice at Turner Sims as part of the University of Southampton Science and Engineering Day 2019. Here’s a promo vid for the piece:
Was great to hear OUT-TAKE‘s version of my Brexit ode B.m.B. this week. Was a really great gig, held at Arch 04 in Southampton. Looking forward to the ensemble recording the piece in the not too distant future.
I had a great time at the Cohan Collective Residency in Bournemouth last month. I was one of four composers and four choreographers on the course, which was directed by Robert Cohan and Eleanor Alberga with Kim Brandstrup and Ken Hesketh mentoring. It was super intense. I think we pretty much wrote half an hour of music in 2 weeks! Felt like being an undegrad again – good for my teaching and, in the end, for my work. Met some great people who I hope to work with again. Few pics…
I’m excited to be going Bournemouth in a couple of weeks to take part in The Cohan Collective 2018 residency. This project brings together choreographers, dancers, musicians and composers to explore collaboration. Mentoring comes from choreographer Kim Brandstrup and composer Kenneth Hesketh, with founding directors Robert Cohan and composer Eleanor Alberga leading the residency. The project is led by Yorke Dance Project in partnership with Pavilion Dance South West and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. I can’t wait to get working with dancers again…
I had a great time at the MISE-EN Music Festival in New York last week. Great to meet and talk with composers from all around the world and to hear their pieces and presentations. Pianist Dorothy Chan performed my Mr. Turquoise Synth (2017) brilliantly, alongside Mr. Turquoise Synth himself of course. We hope to find a way to work together again in the future. Thanks to Moon, Jordann and everyone at Ensemble Mise-En.
I’m excited to go out to New York tomorrow for the MISE-EN Festival 2018. Pianist Dorothy Chan will perform my Mr. Turquoise Synth as part of the 4pm concert on Saturday 30 June at the Taipei Cultural Center. Just packing up Mr. Turquoise Synth (and Mr. Turquoise Synth II); they are looking forward to their US debut…
I’m looking to talking about the ‘Capturing the Contemporary Conductor’ project at the Oxford Conducting Institute International Conducting Studies Conference on 23 June.
Last year the London Sinfonietta asked me to make a postcard piece for their 50th birthday, which just meant the piece had to fit onto one side of a postcard. Here is the postcard and below is a short electronic version I made of the piece to demo how it could work:
I’m delighted that Mr. Turquoise Synth for piano and 1-bit synthesiser has been selected as one of 26 pieces to feature at the MISE-EN MUSIC FESTIVAL 2018 in New York. I loved going to the festival back in 2014 and am interested to hear how Mr Turquoise (designed by Blake Troise aka PROTODOME) gets on duetting with someone else than the dedicatee Yshani Perinpanayagam. More details to follow!