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“The point is to change it”

“If we remain grotesquely unequal, we shall lose all sense of fraternity: and fraternity, for all its fatuity as a political objective, turns out to be the necessary condition of politics itself.”

I’ve just got round to finishing Tony Judt’s excellent essay on the importance of the state printed in the Guardian Review the weekend before last. Read the whole thing. Judt suffers from a motor neurone disorder, which was the subject of an interview and an essay also published in the Guardian earlier this year.

Work in Progress & Upcoming Performances

I am currently working on a new work for clarinet, cello, piano and handheld percussion to be premiered on Friday 30th April at 17:30 by players from Psappha new music ensemble.

Mikrokonzert: I Swear I Saw the Sun Falling, written last year, will be performed by new music ensemble Vaganza on 16th May at the York Spring Festival of New Music and on 8th June at the RNCM.

Raise Your Voice Collective

Over the last few months, along with friends Rob Guy and Steve Pycroft, I’ve been involved in setting up new music ensemble and composers’ collective Raise Your Voice. I’m really pleased to be able to announce our launch night will be on 28 February 2010 in Centro Bar, doors opening around 19:30. The night will feature new music by Manchester-based composers performed by the Raise Your Voice Ensemble of superb young players, plus a laptop set, improvisation with live electronics and DJs. See the Raise Your Voice website for details of the night, full programme and information about everybody involved.

A new piece of mine, This is Water!, will be performed by the full ensemble of flute, clarinet, percussion, string quartet and electronics as part of this Sunday evening concert.

Listings: Facebook / Last.fm / MySpace / Official page
Flyer (PDF, 150kb)

Trio Atem Concert

A new work, …going back to the skies, for flute, voice and cello ensemble Trio Atem was premiered in a ‘beat the rush hour’ concert featuring commissions from Manchester-based composers at 17:30 on 26th February.

Venue page / Poster (PDF, 166kb)

Para cruzar el sueño @ MANTIS Festival

Tape piece Para cruzar el sueño, which I wrote last autumn at the NOVARS Research Centre, was premiered as part of the Spring 2010 MANTIS Festival at the University of Manchester on Sunday 21st February at 2:00 pm. I also played cello on the Saturday night in the First MANTIS Battle of Improvised Music: Voice, acoustic instruments and electronics, which was a lot of fun. We mainly played randomly selected trios, but finished with a mass improv directed by Gavin Osborn. Here’s a video of that:

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