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Ricordi newsletter: Spring Highlights: what’s new with Liza Lim   Also: Interview with Lorelei Dowling about music & ecology for IDAGIO Live

once around the room (work-in-progress), *& now complete

15 June 2020 I’m quite deep into composing an orchestral work now and it’s like this whole other reality that’s going on continuously and simultaneously with everything else at uni and more generally. An odd feeling because that other ‘room’ is held in focus even whilst having conversations, doing emails, teaching etc, so the other ...

Questions for the new year 2020

  I quit Facebook [update: for awhile…] and consequently had muuuch more time to read for pleasure – books given as Christmas presents where you can buzz through the pages in a couple of  days: Terry Pratchet/Neil Gaiman’s classic Good Omens & Gaiman’s How the Marquis got his Coat Back and a rather psychedelic book called Path Notes of an ...

Current projects – Sappho & Squid

  I’m currently working on several projects that celebrate ideas of spirituality bound together with  feminine energy and erotics. There’s a 3-part work for orchestra called Annunciation Triptych and the somewhat provocatively titled Sex Magic, a big work for Claire Chase for contrabass flute, live electronics and an installation of kinetic instruments. The orchestral triptych comprises: I. Sappho/ ...

CD release | radio portrait, March 2019

New CD – Speak, be Silent 15 March 2019: new CD release from the Riot Ensemble on HCR/NMC with works by Chaya Czernowin, Rebecca Saunders, Anna Thorvaldsdóttir, Mirela Ivičević and myself. Violin soloist Sarah Saviet and the Riot Ensemble conducted by Aaron Holloway-Nahum give a very passionate account of Speak, Be Silent. CD launch concert: ...

The deep time of language

Back in 2005, I wrote a work called ‘Mother Tongue’ for soprano Piia Komsi & ensemble commissioned by the Festival d’Automne à Paris, Ensemble Intercontemporain and ELISION. The work sets poems by Patricia Sykes about the ecology of languages and knowledge, and the fragility of particular knowings in the face of language loss. There is ...

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