Ensemble Paramirabo will premiere my new twenty-minute piece, The Circus Animals’ Desertion, as they launch their 6th concert season on 23rd September with ‘Blurred Boundaries, a concert dedicated to exploring music on the edges of genres.
Other works on the programme are pop-inspired works by New York Indie Classical stars Nico Muhly (Doublespeak) and Missy Mazzoli (Still Life with Avalanche), the Montreal premiere of Transported for amplified sextet and electronics by Toronto composer Rose Bolton and premieres by Montreal jazzers Philippe Côté and Karine Bétournay.
The concert will take place at the Salle multimédia du Conservatoire in Montreal.
I’m super excited to be going out for this and to working with the ensemble in a few weeks time!
I was in Ashford this week working with the Kent County Youth Orchestra on my new piece for them Loop Concerto. It was great being with the orchestra for the week (just like old times) and excellent to work with the fantastic Ivo Neame on the piece. The work is for improvised piano and has relied on Ivo getting inside the piece. I’m really looking forward to the performance in Maidstone next week!
I recently started work as the AHRC Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Composition for Cochlear Implant Users at the University of Southampton. This exciting job involves helping devise and run workshops, developing a music training program and writing new pieces for CI users. I’m working in the Music Department, the Institute for Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR) and the South of England Cochlear Implant Centre (SOECIC) at the University of Southampton. I’ve been finding my feet for the past few weeks and am really enjoying the work. You can read some info about the project at the Southampton website. I’ll keep updating about any new pieces and activities as they come up!
I’m off to the International Composers Meeting in Apeldoorn in a few weeks which is pretty exciting! I’ve written a new piece, Broken Society, especially for the meeting for ‘orkest de ereprijs’. If anyone wants to come and lives in Holland then the concert featuring all fifteen works by young composers from around the world is on 19th February in Apeldoorn. You can read more and get details on the ‘orkest de ereprijs’ website.
On Friday 27th February I am performing a new soundscape piece for computer, Nintendo WII controller and six loudspeakers for the third stage of a collaborative project between the BBC World Service and the Slade School of Fine Art. You can read more information about it on the website for this project, The View from Here.
I’m performing a new piece for prepared piano and electronics at the University of Sussex as part of the Beckett and Music Symposium. The piece, which I’m currently composing, is based on Beckett’s Stirrings Still and I will perform it evening of 26th February in the recital room at the University of Sussex campus in Falmer.
I am excited to be taking part in an interesting art project at the Slade Art School, The Voice and Nothing More. The event is curated by Sam Belinfante and Neil Luck. I’ll be collaborating with visual artist Diana Taylor on a new piece for female voice and electronics that will be performed by Lore Lixembourg and myself on Thursday 15th January.