Boots, Forgotten and International
Posted on 08 June 2012
The second batch of players enrolled in Carnegie Hall's Academy program, and their performing arm Ensemble ACJW are giving the final performance of their tenure this Sunday at Le Poisson Rouge in NYC, and I'm honoured that they asked me to be part of it. They requested a 2 minute piece, and up to my neck in opera as I am, I was concerned even that would be a struggle. Then I remembered the lost movement of Gumboots which I'd reworked for Todd Palmer for clarinet and piano (it hasn't yet been performed after Todd's pianist fell ill for the premiere). I suggested to the ACJW players that it would make a fun short piece to rework for their entire 20+ players (including two pianos!). The concert also features an enticing mish-mash of pieces by Mahler, Lennon and McCartney, Faure, and Taraf de Haidouks! Please come down and support these great players! More details on the Carnegie Hall website and tickets via L.P.R.
Later in July there are two international performances of Gumboots to look forward to - Spain's foremost contemporary clarinettist José Luis Estellés performs it Granada on 17th June, and on 23rd, Sarah Beaty and colleagues from the newly formed The Declassified (all ex-ACJW players) perform, excitingly in Iceland - how I wish I could attend both these performances.
I should also draw attention to the Spitalfields & London premiere of Fire on 23rd June, and earlier that day I shall be honoured to be sharing a Meet the Composer event/talk with Howard Skempton.