Debut work from the ‘A Hidden Order’ suite…
Sound and Music have published my blog on ‘A Hidden Order’, in anticipation of our exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery’s START Art Fair, June 26-29. The SaM Sampler contains blogs by many up-and-coming and established composers, alongside SaM staff, on all sorts of topics ranging throughout contemporary music and the arts. You can read my article here -
The ‘A Hidden Order’ exhibition will be up at the Saatchi Gallery this month (26-29) as the exclusive representatives of the Prince’s School Of Traditional Arts in the Saatchi’s START Art Fair. We’re mega chuffed to be working at such a prestigious space for what will be our second exhibition ever, so please come along and say hi!
In the meantime, here’s a little something from our premiere exhibition at the Prince’s School earlier this year…
I’m very pleased to have been selected to work with the Pop-Up Quartet at this year’s Cheltenham Music Festival Composer Academy, on the workshopping and performance of a new piece. The bespoke quartet will consist of Alex Wilson (piano), Simon Limbrick (percussion), Joel Bell (electric guitar) and Christian Forshaw (saxophone), and will be performing their newly commissioned works by academy composers on July 8th. For more details follow the link below -
My tune ‘El Churro’, along with the music of a broad selection of Brighton Bands and solo artists (including Le Juki), is featured on New York radio show Breakthru Radio this month, led by host DJ Lottie. You can hear the show here…
I’ll be playing guitar in a new work for male voice choir by Helen Glavin called ‘The Sword Of Freedom’, commemorating the 750th anniversary of the Battle Of Lewes. According to a sussexpast.co.uk…
“The Battle of Lewes, won by Simon de Montfort on May 14,1264, was part of an English civil war aimed at getting better, fairer government. After his victory over King Henry III, de Montfort set about calling Britain’s first ever representative parliament.”
UK premiere will take place today at Lewes Town Hall, 7.30pm. The piece will be premiered simultaneously in Lewes, Delaware, USA, so you can decide which one to attend.
I’m enormously pleased to be able to count myself amongst Sound and Music’s ‘New Voices’ composers for the period 2014-2015. New Voices consists of all the selected Portfolio and Embedded composers from the last two years, what SaM deem to be “some of the most exciting early to mid-career composers working in Britain today”, and there are certainly a lot of very cool names in there that I’m more than happy to see mine amongst!
In addition to the respective Portfolio and Embedded concerts which will be coming up over the next few months, the Google Cultural Institute will also be hosting an online exhibition of New Voices works in July this year, so keep your eyes peeled for that. You can check out the New Voices site here -
I have also been invited to write a blog documenting the process of composing under the Portfolio scheme for London-based choir MusArc, which will be published on the SaM Sampler Blog page in the coming months. More on that to come…
Good people of the multiverse, I’m very, very pleased to present to you my first release in some time – ‘A Hidden Order’, a collaboration with geometer Sama Mara. The project, in essence, is a study on the relationship between music and geometry. Through the use of a new system devised by Sama whereby music is translated into visuals through a set of rigorous geometric principles, we have been exploring the space where these two worlds meet harmoniously. The album ‘A Hidden Order’ features a new suite of 10 pieces for a mixed ensemble of flute (Philippe Barnes), cor anglais (Suzie Shrubb), marimba/percussion (Adam Bushell) and cello (Susie Winkworth). The music was composed alongside the imagery, one feeding into the other. This release is available on CD (a very limited edition press of 150 copies in 4-page digipack with 16-page booklet featuring documentation of the compositional process alongside details of the accompanying artwork), and as digital download, HERE.
The exhibition ‘A Hidden Order’ will take place at the Prince’s School Of Traditional Arts, Charlotte Road, Shoreditch, between 20th-29th March. Live performances (a multimedia concert of live music and realtime visualisation) will take place in the exhibition space on 20th & 27th March, 7pm, £8/5. Tickets are available HERE.