My exhale is your inhale

It’s been a lovely harvest September with two premieres of my music. What a privilege to hear and see Séverine Ballon weave her magic in An ocean beyond earth and to work with the equally magical Wu Wei and ELISION on How Forests thinkI’m hearing a music which I think has a different approach to form than in my previous pieces – a form which emerges in the spaces in which performers breathe.


In the solo work, ‘cello and violin communicate their resonances over fragile threads suspended between them – one instrument’s exhalation is the other’s inhalation. How Forests think is also a breathing music… the respiration of trees, of rainfall, mycelia and pollen, of humans and non-humans meeting their partners in the world. A recording of this work from ELISION’s performance in September at the Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music which will be released early next year on Huddersfield’s HCR CD label.

The next opportunities to hear How forests think are with Wu Wei and ELISION on tour in Europe at the Tage für neue Musik Zürich (Nov 20) and the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (Nov 22).