An update on what’s been going on in the last few months:
At the beginning of the Summer, I contributed sound and music to brilliant artist Marianna Simnett’s new film, Worst Gift, a visually stunning and characteristically disturbing fable, partly shot on location in a Botox factory. The installation at Matt’s Gallery comprised the film and a synchronised array of illuminated syringes.
Marianna Simnett, Worst Gift – installation view
I spent much of August-October in Berlin, working on Stepha Schweiger’s music theatre piece The Mark On The Wall, an atmospheric adaptation of the Virginia Woolf short story. I appeared as the narrator/speaker, my rumbling voice counterpointed against the wonderful soloist Anna Clementi, and players from the European Music Project. We performed a concert version in London (appropriately enough at RADA in Bloomsbury), before a fully-staged run in Berlin.
Performing ‘The Mark On The Wall’ in London (photo: Claire Shovelton)
At the end of October, ace record quartet The Flautadors revived my 2001 piece De La Salle, in a new version: four recorder players utilising twenty-one instruments between them. This was part of their 20th anniversary celebration concert at Milton Court, the wonderful new concert hall in the shadow of the Barbican – and they’ve just recorded the piece too – take a look at their new album here!
The Flautadors rehearsing ‘De La Salle’ at Milton Court
Finally, I’m delighted to have been nominated for a second British Composer Award, for my vocals+sinewaves+postcards piece Affix Stamp Here, premiered by EXAUDI last year. Again, the whole shortlist is full of inspirational composers and music, look:
British Composer Awards Nominees 2017