I am delighted to announce that after a very engaging and successful workshop with Sounds of the Engine House last month, I have been selected as the winner of the Composition Award 2014! This means that I shall develop a piece for the ensemble to be performed in their 2015 season, very exciting! To see more about the ensemble, award and the fantastic pieces the other two composers (Andrew Crossley and Yfat Soul Zisso), visit the SOTEH website. A recording of my work-in-progress can be found on my 'composition' page, titled 'Adaptations'. It includes some electronics that I developed during my residency at EMS in August 2014.
So October is shaping up to be a busy month for me:
Sunday 12th October - workshop with Manchester based group, Sounds of the Engine House, as part of there 2014 Composition Award. The piece-in-progress is for oboe, clarinet, mezzo soprano, cello and percussion and I have included some electronics that I created throughout my residency at EMS in Stockholm back in August. Looking forward to meeting the players and members of the group next weekend!
Tuesday 14th October - Trio Atem give an exciting evening concert at St Ann's Church, Manchester. The flautist of the trio, Gavin Osborn, kindly asked me to write him a short piece which shall feature in the concert. The piece, 'Far From Arcadia', is for solo flute and electronics (which I also created in my residency in EMS - productive eh?), It is inspired by the Greek God Pan, like another famous flute piece(!) and explores how an ancient god might make his way through an modern, alien environment. Music by Kurtag, Fabrice Fitch, Saariaho, Camden Reeves and Tom Coult shall feature among others - a great chance to hear some exciting music by a fantastic contemporary trio!
Tuesday 21st-Wednesday 22nd October - TENSO Days in Latvia! Although the young composers workshop shall not be happening until later in the year, we have still been invited to come to the festival and enjoy the concerts, talks and workshops the festival has to offer. Will be lovely to see the friendly TENSO faces again :)
After working hard in Stockholm for the past 2 weeks, I have certainly learnt a lot from working in the brilliant studios and have produced some bits and pieces which will hopefully become parts of future pieces...got lots of ideas! Next project: I am incredibly pleased to be selected for the second round of TENSO Young Composer Workshops, working with the Latvian Radio Choir in September! Need to get cracking on more choral ideas and excited to see Nuno da Rocha and Georgi Sztojanov, fellow composers, again!
I am currently in the beautiful city of Stockholm, undertaking a residency at the Elektronmusikstudion for 2 weeks. I decided I wanted to further explore what I can do in the field of electroacoustic music, so why not do it somewhere exciting! I highly recommend it to anyone with an interest in working in studios within any genre of music.
Excited to try out the underwater microphones!
George Barton (percussion) and Siwan Rhys (piano) shall be premiering my new piece 'Saida Portraits' written for New Dots in The Forge, Camden, London on 10th June. Excited already! You can read about my piece in a blog post I did for the New Dots website and check out my inspiration for the piece. You can also buy tickets for the concert on the website, hint hint!
I have been selected to take part in the Tenso Young Composers Workshop in Mechelen, Belgium 16th-18th May! The workshop is part of the Tenso Days International Festival for Contemporary Choral Music and I shall be taking fragments of a choral piece to be workshopped by DR VokalEnsemblet with composer/conductor James Wood and composer Leo Samama.
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