'Extending from the Inside' @ Aldeburgh Festival
Saturday, June 15, 2019
Orford Church (map)
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.
PLAYLIST @ Baffi
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
267-271 Portswood Rd
Southampton SO17 2LA
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).
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.
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!
Superstar theorbo player Liz Kenny has recorded my Extending from the inside (2014) for her new solo CD coming out on Linn Records this summer. She is doing a prestige tour to promote the disc taking in Cleveland Institute of Music, Aldeburgh Festival, Oxford Festival of the Arts and the Wigmore Hall.
I’m conducting Mendelssohn V in a few weeks time (11 May 2019) with SU Sinfonietta. Really looking forward to doing some old music…!
It was great to perform The Virus Within: Hearing HIV with Workers Union Ensemble and Chad Swanson at Turner Sims as part of the University of Southampton Science and Engineering Day 2019.
Some lovely feedback from the audience including:
” A fascinating window in composition”
” Amazing innovation. Meaningful. Science in musical language”
“Intellectual synethesia ending with hope”
My colleague Jeanice Brooks got some fantastic photos too…
'The Virus Within: Hearing HIV' @ Science & Engineering Day
Saturday, March 16, 2019
University of Southampton
Performances of 'The Virus Within: Hearing HIV' at the University of Southampton Science and Engineering Day. Workers Union Ensemble will play with Chad Swanson providing scientific input!