Monthly Archive: June 2010

Tango in Iford

Posted on Wednesday, June 30, 2010

At the premiere of Saudades with Chroma in the atmospheric grounds of Iford Manor near Bath.

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Saudades in Bath and Berkamsted

Posted on Thursday, June 10, 2010

My tango-inspired piece Saudades made its first transition from abstract page to vibrating air yesterday at the hands of the always splendid Chroma. There are two performances coming up, in Ilford Manor in Bath on 25th June (now sold out I understand) and also at the Quaker Meeting House in Berkhamsted on July 11th, details of which can be found on the flier below.

Read about Saudades and the Borges poems and ideas that inspired it here

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Parallel bars and pummel horses

Posted on Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Here's a short interview with clarinettist Todd Palmer courtesy of WDAV Classical Public Radio in which he compares playing Gumboots to riding a pummel horse, doing the uneven parallel bars, and other olympic disciplines...

and here is Todd and the St Lawrence String Quartet 'sticking the landing' at Spoleto last week (in the last two dances of Gumboots):

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Raising the roof

Posted on Sunday, June 6, 2010

It sounds like the St Lawrence Quartet and Todd Palmer really blasted the roof off with their performances of Gumboots at Spoleto a few days ago. Check this out from the Charleston City Paper:

The second [Gumboots] ended, their listeners leaped to their feet, screaming and shouting, like they'd been blown out of aircraft ejection seats. So much for the misguided notion that you can't please a crowd with modern music. This one should be required listening for anybody who's afraid of the music of today.

A quote for the c.v. if ever I saw one! (there is another review of the concert here)

A shame I couldn't be there, but I was busy sojourning with friends and family in the heel of Italy (and experiencing the joys of Ryanair - the airline with a banknote where its heart should be).

The next Gumboots performance is with my old friends at Ensemble ACJW (about whom more exciting news shortly) at the end of July, in the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival in Germany.

Speaking of old friends, Chroma will be premiering a new piece later this month. I will post a bit more about that later this week after popping to see them rehearse in the dear old Union Chapel.

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