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:
Two short fragments for string quartet were workshopped at 14:30, Thursday 18 February by the Quatuor Danel as part of my Masters course. The two fragments are experiments with material and notation that I hope to develop into a fully-fledged quartet later in the year.
Two new piano studies written as part of my Masters course will be workshopped alongside those of other Masters students by Richard Casey, winner of the British Contemporary Piano Competition and founder-member of contemporary music ensemble Psappha, on Monday 14 December. The studies explore aspects of time and harmony, demanding traditional virtuosity of speed and agility, but also less extroverted skills in fragile use of colour and resonance.
Written in June Notturno/Abschiedslied I, for solo piano, was premiered by Olivia Jageurs on 26 November as part of the New Music North West Festival (23-27 November) in a Vaganza concert celebrating Peter Maxwell Davies’s new role as patron of Manchester University Music Society.
Books of Moses, a stereo acousmatic work written last year at the NOVARS Research Centre, received its public premiere at the MANTIS Festival this autumn in a concert including works by Alexis Guneratne, Richard Scott, Mark Pilkington and Diana Simpson. The weekend festival featured curated concerts from guest composers Denis Smalley and Theodore Lotis alongside works by MANTIS composers based at the NOVARS Research Centre, diffused on MANTIS’s custom-made 48-loudspeaker sound diffusion system.