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memento mori – assemblage #1

Svetlana Boym – on Nostalgia [Adaptation and elaboration from Svetlana Boym, The Future of Nostalgia, Basic Books, New York 2001.] the wandering scales at the end of this… …the breathing of a stone rubbed on a granite tile I played part 14, [stone-on-stone], as one of 100 percussionists in Speak Percussion’s production of Michael Pisaro’s A wave ...

September: 2 CDs and a premiere

I’m excited about September. It brings the launch of two CDs embodying the fruit of special collaborations with the musicians of the Cikada Ensemble and with the ‘cellist Séverine Ballon. Cikada will launch their disc, which was recorded live at last year’s Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, on 12 September at the Ultima Festival in Oslo. ...

Music from hcmf// on BBC3 + reviews

A live concert recording of Winding Bodies: 3 knots performed by the Cikada Ensemble at the Huddersfield Festival of Contemporary music on November 23rd is available online on BBC3 iplayer for the next month: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04sv2lv Cikada’s performance of The Heart’s Ear is also online until end of Jan 2015 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04vdfs4 I recently did an interview with ...

‘Gifts and Greetings’, the Arditti String Quartet’s 40th Anniversary

On Saturday 10th May, the premiere of The Weaver’s Knot, a new string quartet of mine commissioned for the concert ‘Gifts and Greetings: Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Arditti String Quartet’ takes place at Wittenertage für neue Kammermusik. As well as my work, the programme sees the premieres of quartets by Mark Andre, Hans Abrahamsen, ...

April is the month for journeying

I’m very excited to be visiting the States to work with ICE, the International Contemporary Ensemble who are presenting a concert of my work at the Miller Theatre in New York on April 10th. I did a skype rehearsal a few days ago with ‘cellist Michael Nicolas who will be performing Invisibility. This is a work ...

new day, new opera

  And yet, and yet – the last secret of the tree of codes is that nothing can ever reach a definite conclusion. Nowhere as much as there do we feel possibilities, shaken by the nearness of realization. [from Jonathan Safran Foer Tree of Codes, p.95] Tree of Codes is a new opera commissioned by ...

Between the pages of the world…

Some music for the solstice as the light returns… This is the 4th movement from Tongue of the Invisible (2011) performed by Omar Ebrahim (baritone) with musikFabrik conducted by André de Ridder, recorded in June this year at the WDR Funkhaus in Köln. It’s a moment of hushed stillness in the hour-long journey of the music. ...