Category: programme note

‘sympathetic error’, fragile architecture

I was commissioned by Ensemble musikFabrik to write solo works for two musicians of the group: Axis Mundi for solo bassoon, for Alban Wesly, and The Green Lion eats the Sun for double-bell euphonium, for Melvyn Poore on the occasion of his sixtieth birthday.  Both works explore ideas connected to shamanic journeying or alchemical transformation ...

Pearl, Ochre, Hair String

Click for: Video documentary about Pearl, Ochre, Hair String made by Peider Defilla for BR-Alpha.  Interview with Liza Lim and excerpts from the premiere performance by the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks conducted by Lothar Zagrosek * * Pearl, Ochre, Hair String (2010) For orchestra Commissioned by the Bavarian Radio Orchestra and West Australian Symphony Orchestra and with the generous financial ...

Axis Mundi (2012-14)

AXIS MUNDI (2012-14) for solo bassoon Commissioned by Ensemble musikFabrik through Kunststiftung NRW. Dedicated to Alban Wesly. **** Images came to me in a dream: I saw a dead tree with dessicated bark and as I watched, the cracks and hollows filled with insects and larvae. Birds began feeding and breeding until the whole tree ...

Gift and Angels: premieres in Munich in September

I have a couple of premieres in Munich coming up in September. On September 4, my oboe solo Gyfu (gift) will be played by six contestants in the semi-final round of the ARD Musikwettbewerb. This is the 60th anniversary of one of the big competitions for classical musicians, and the Bavarian Radio commissioned the oboe solo ...

All the Hemispheres (Hafez)

a favourite poem by Hafez… All the Hemispheres Leave the familiar for a while. Let your senses and bodies stretch out Like a welcomed season Onto the meadows and shores and hills. Open up to the Roof. Make a new water-mark on your excitement And love. Like a blooming night flower, Bestow your vital fragrance ...

Sonorous Body on Hat Hut CD

‘Sonorous Body’, a composition that is brought to life by the wild adventures of the solo clarinet. Physiology meets soul and tone meets color as the piece ends in consummate splendor. Raul D’Gama Rose, All About Jazz ‘Wild adventures of the solo clarinet’ – I like to think of instruments as personages in some way – characters ...