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make do & mend
for violin & cimbalom
'make do & mend' constructs a new object from fragments.
It was written for Tim Williams and Benedict Holland of Psappha Ensemble during lockdown and performed at Hallé St Peters in July 2021.
[ Vln., Cimb. ]
sun, drums & soil
for Mark Simpson, Huw Watkins & Zoë Martlew
'sun, drums & soil' is a short work for clarinet trio inspired by Stravinsky's miniature 'Pour Pablo Picasso' (1917).
It won the Alan Bush Composition Prize in 2020, with comments from Michael Zev Gordon.
[ Cl.=BCl., Pno., Vln. ]
for the London Sinfonietta
‘the fine spray blown from cresting waves during a gale’
This sketch really only explores one idea - a fairly consistent block of sound with polyrhythmic pulsations.
[ Fl.=AFl., Cl., Pno., Vib., Vln., Vc. ]
for alto saxophone & ensemble
'dance distant' is an unmeasured piece for alto saxophone and ensemble arising from contemplations of the work of Franz Kline, specifically the ‘black paintings’ of the 1950s.
[ A-Sax, AFl., Acc., Vib., Vla. ]
for 6 players
‘loose joints’ was informed by Arthur Russell’s ‘Soon-To-Be Innocent Fun / Let’s See’ from his only solo album World of Echo (1986).
Though the piece is not a direct transcription, it attempts to explore components of the sonic world presented both in the track and across the album in general.
[ BFl., BCl., Perc., Vln., Vla., Vc. ]
for several music boxes
'mist or fine rain falling from an apparently clear sky'
SEREIN is written for a non-specific number of music boxes playing the same roll.
[ 2+ MBox. ]
for 4 players
'kotiya' is a short piece for four players, written in one week. The title refers to a subspecies of leopard (Panthera pardus kotiya) native to Sri Lanka.
[ Fl., BCl., Vln., Db. ]