I’ve written the soundtrack for Jasleen Kaur‘s stunning video piece, YOOROP, which is currently installed in Room 10a (Noble Living, 1350-1500) at the V&A museum, London. (It’s projected onto the ceiling.)
It was commissioned as part of the Collecting Europe project and is only being exhibited for a few days – catch it before February 7th!
Lots of things have been happening in the last few weeks – performances, projects-in-progress, new music… here’s just a few highlights:
I had the pleasure of joining the exciting new percussion ensemble Abstruckt for a gig at the enterprising 840 Series in Islington – we played two new songs by me, based on ‘righteous’ and rather alarming texts by the 1970s anarchist revolutionary group The Angry Brigade and Malcolm McLaren. Four drummers and my unamplified voice; I really “projected”, trying hard to aim my voice through the wall, like a bass siren going off. I’m hoping to make some more songs along these lines soon. Here’s a photo of us in action:
Bookish + Abstruckt in action at St. James Church, Islington.
I’ve being working on a project (our second collaboration) with the fascinating and uncategorisable artist Frances Scott. Her new project is based around 16mm film footage, shot on location in Venice and Canvey Island. I wrote the music – also recorded on location in Essex. More details about this soon – it’s coming to the Focal Point Gallery in Southend in July.
Frances Scott directing ‘Canweye’
Finally, I’ve been working on a new piece for the phenomenal vocal ensemble EXAUDI. Called Affix Stamp Here, it’s scored for voices and electronics, and consists of dreamy settings of the messages on postcards sent by British travellers and holiday makers throughout the 20th century. The final version will be ready for a gig on the 23rd October at LSO St. Lukes. They’re singing it very, very, beautifully. This is the one of the postcards providing inspiration…
Found Postcards – Affix Stamp Here
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There are two quite different things happening this week:
I’m doing a solo performance at interesting new music night ‘More News From Nowhere in Walthamstow/London’ this Wednesday, 24th February. First London show since last Summer, including the live version of the RED AND BLUE EP. Also on the bill, brilliant vocalist/improviser Sharon Gal.
Then, Saturday 27th February, Apartment House premiere my new piece FREEZYWATER, for strings, piano, percussion, reed organ and recorded voices. It’s a piece about London, déjà vu, silence repetition and surprises. They’re playing it at the plush Wigmore Hall, alongside some great music.
I am releasing a 16 and a half minute, one-track EP at the end of the month… the first Simon Bookish recording in quite a while. Digital only, available from all your favourite / most hated online stores.
In case you missed it, here’s my studio recording of New York experimental composer Travis Just’s hypnotic and unsettling piece ‘Paul Pierce,’ which I performed live on my tour earlier in the year. This version features the brilliant Laura Moody on ‘cello and Chris Branch on synthesisers/noise.
The Quietus featured the track last month – have a look at what they had to say about it here.
Seeing as I’ve been writing a fair amount of notated music in the last few years, I’ve added some scores to the Sound and Music ‘British Music Collection.’ I may rotate / exchange / add / delete at some point, but for now you can look at the two pieces premiered at last year’s Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival: The Indistinguishables (string quartet and recorded voices) and Vapour Descriptors (for two pianos – pianists also sing), plus the orchestral piece for the LSO (Brown Leather Sofa) and the piece for Apartment House, X Chairman Maos.
I also added the complete score for ‘Everything/Everything;’ the original versions of the arrangements prepared for the recording sessions back in 2008. Perhaps it seems a little perverse to put up the score of a pop album, but it exists and might offer some kind of insight / amusement / edification?