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.