‘A Hidden Order’ are part of a group show going up today at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto. Entitled ‘Listening To Art, Seeing Music’, the show explores the “mesmerizing world of music celebrating the living traditions of the Muslim world and their interaction with other cultures through time and space”. And even more exciting for us is that we’ll be flying out there in May to perform a brand new live show with a new trio of Philippe Barnes (flute), Attab Haddad (oud, percussion) and myself (guitar, percussion). Visit the exhibition page here for more info.
Some time ago I wrote a short work for wind trio called ‘As Day Recedes, So Night…’ – this piece was written in response for a call for scores, but ended up sitting in the desk draw for a number of years. Through some twist of fate, I’m very happy to announce that it is finally receiving its premiere by the Windrose Trio in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on 11th Feb 2018. Regretfully I will be many thousands of miles away, but if you happen to be in the area, please do show some support on my behalf! More details HERE.
This Autumn the Riot Ensemble will premiere a very short piece of mine called ‘Moth To Flame’ (for violin, viola, alto flute and piano) at Brighton’s St Nicholas Church, 28/10//17, 5pm. The concert, organised in conjunction with New Music Brighton, will feature the UK premiere of Chaya Czernowin’s ‘Ayre’, alongside works commissioned through Riot Ensemble’s 2017 Call For Scores and miniatures by NMB composers. For more details, visit the event page.
I had the great pleasure of attending the Composit New Music Festival 2017 in Rieti this Summer, where guitarist Maarten Stragier premiered ‘Swells, Shrieks & Judders’, a new work of mine for electric guitar and pedals. Over the course of the festival I was also fortunate enough to study with Pierluigi Billone, Peter Ablinger, and Davide Ianni, and to befriend a whole cohort of composers from around the world. It’s a wonderful, wonderful week to be a part of, so keep your eyes on their website for next year’s festival.
‘A Hidden Order’ is amongst 10 artworks to have been nominated for the Visual Music Award 2017! Screenings of all the works (including our ‘Hexagon II’) will be held at the Cinema Gelnhausen, Germany, alongside the award presentation. Find out more about the event on their Facebook page HERE.
Here’s a video from the premiere of ‘Extraversing’ for bassoon & ensemble, performed by members of the LSO in February this year at LSO St Lukes. This piece was kindly commissioned through the LSO Soundbub.
In 2013, after a long period of working on the ‘A Hidden Order’ exhibition, I was brimming with musical ideas which weren’t suitable for that project, and were dying to find their own way out into the world. To satisfy this need, I dove straight into composing, emerging with a suite of 13 pieces for flute and oboe/cor anglais. Many of the movements took on the form of a hocketed, intimate dialogue between the two voices, and as, over the years, I had always been fond of the long talks I shared regularly with my Nan, I decided to dedicate the suite to her.
A couple of years later, in the Spring of 2015, the engineer Danny Bright and I took a selection of these pieces into the studio with Philippe Barnes (flute) and Suzie Shrubb (oboe), two fantastic musicians and close friends of mine, who poured their energies into the recorded performances which I’m thrilled to present to you today. This EP represents the third in a series of EPs, each complete with beautiful original artwork by Jules Arthur.
Unfortunately, over the last few months, my Nan’s health steeply deteriorated, and she passed away shortly after Christmas. Aside from being a close relative and a great friend, my Nan was also a very hip lady, whose deep passion for Jazz had a huge impact on my own musical leanings, and irreversibly shaped the way I approach my own work. Today would have been her 84th birthday, so it seems an apt time to offer this music to the world.
This recording was kindly supported by the organisation Sound and Music.