Category Archives: Gigs

\\\’Extending from the Inside\\\’ @ Wigmore Hall – Wigmore Hall – London – 05/07/19

What
'Extending from the Inside' @ Wigmore Hall
When
Friday, July 5, 2019
1:00pm - All Ages Buy Tickets
Where
6 Wigmore St, Marylebone
London W1U 2BP
Other Info
Elizabeth Kenny will play my 'Extending from the inside' as part of her recital Wigmore Hall. Here's the blurb:

Late sixteenth-century musicians and poets spent much time attempting to re-make contemporary culture in the image of the Ancients: the intellectual-sounding chitarrone was one of the more unlikely fruits of this movement. But with its long second neck and eccentric tuning it soon acquired a reputation for comedy, and was nicknamed tiorba, (an old man’s hurdy gurdy), and in England, ”theorbo”. Player-composers explored experimental harmonies and, flowing tunes underpinned by its deep bass strings. Today’s composers are taking the instrument into new imaginative terrain, exploring its twin identities.

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\’Extending from the inside\’ @ OXFA 2019 – SJE Arts – Oxford – 27/06/19

What
'Extending from the inside' @ OXFA 2019
When
Thursday, June 27, 2019
8:00pm - All Ages Buy Tickets
Where
St John the Evangelist Church, 109A Iffley Road
Oxford OX4 1EH
Other Info
Superstar theorbo player Elizabeth Kenny will perform my 'Extending from the inside' (2014) as part of her performance at Oxford Festival of the Arts 2019.

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\\\’Extending from the Inside\\\’ @ Aldeburgh Festival – Orford Church – Suffolk – 15/06/19

What
'Extending from the Inside' @ Aldeburgh Festival
When
Saturday, June 15, 2019
3:30pm - All Ages Buy Tickets
Where
Orford Church (map)
Suffolk
Other Info
Elizabeth Kenny will play my 'Extending from the inside' as part of her recital at Aldeburgh Festival 2019.

Her programme will feature music from the early 17th century by Piccinini, Kapsberger and de Visée and
the early 21st century by James MacMillan, Nico Muhly (world premiere) and me.

The development of the lute into the long-necked theorbo created an instrument with a split personality, having a delicacy and expressive depth to the sound but an unwieldy appearance that was mocked. Elizabeth Kenny celebrates these split identities, with beautiful melodies supported by long, resonant bass strings, but just a hint of the comic as well.

Mellifluous French music sits alongside eccentric Italian improvisation, and old works alongside new – a haunting 21st-century motet, a funk/ground bass-influenced fantasy, and a world premiere which exploits the unconventional tuning system and expressive possibilities of the instrument to powerful effect.

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PLAYLIST @ Baffi – Baffi – Southampton – 11/06/19

What
PLAYLIST @ Baffi
When
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
8:00pm - All Ages Buy Tickets
Where
267-271 Portswood Rd
Southampton SO17 2LA
Other Info
PLAYLIST Collective perform music from the seminal Miles Davis album, Birth of The Cool. Using the original arrangements and nine-piece lineup, the group will explore this hugely influential repertoire adding their own contemporary voices to the mix. I'll be playing piano.

Jane Chapman who has been described as 'Britain's most progressive harpsichordist' and 'the hippest harpsichordist around' (Metro) performs a baroque and contemporary set, to include music by Ligeti, and the world premiere of my new work 'Drip Feed' (2019).

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‘Changing Up +’ Video

Video now online of the premiere of my Changing Up + for solo percussionist and large ensemble from the recent SHIFTS project at Turner Sims. Joley Cragg totally nailed the percussion as did the HARTLEY Loop Orchestra, which features students and staff from the University of Southampton Music Department.

‘Pythagoras’ Toolkit’

I’m really delighted that Pythagoras’ Toolkit, led by Ensemble Paramirabo (Montreal) and involving me as co-creator, composer and conductor, has been awarded funding from the Canadian Council for the Arts.

In Pythagoras’ Toolkit Rachel Warr (co-creator/director, Dotted Line Theatre) and I will bring to life, through puppetry and live music, a modern-day Pythagoras who will explore sound, space (conceptual/sound/realworld), rhythm, harmony and dissonance (order and chaos), instrument making/design, dance, musical textures and ways of constructing music.

The production, currently planning for a tour in 2021, will feature musicians from Ensemble Paramirabo (Canada), Workers Union Ensemble (UK) and two musically literate puppeteers working with a specially created Pythagoras puppet.

Rachel and I are concocting ideas already… more soon!