Rody van Gemert’s new CD of guitar music (also featuring harpsichordist Assi Karttunen) has now been released on the Pilfink label. As a composer it’s fantastic to get performances of such a high quality and so carefully recorded. A million thanks from me to these two wonderful performers!! And I think it’s a great […]
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I’m gradually developing a series of guitar pieces, called ‘London Blues’ (inspired by the ‘Paris Spleen’ poems of Baudelaire). Number 6, which is a single movement work lasting 7-8 minutes, will receive its premiere at the London Guitar Festival at Kings Place on Saturday, performed by Joao Lima. And much thanks is due to Tom […]
This is probably the closest I’ll ever get to Copacabana beach! The Parsa Duo (Elizabeth Remy and Dale Henderson) performing my music at Forte Copacabana on the 22nd May as part of this year’s Rio Harp Festival.
Venice!!! Alas, I’m not there…but my music is there today (17th June) at the Venice Biennale, in the Research Pavilion, as part of the multi-media event ‘Et in Arcadia Ego’. This includes performances of my harpsichord pieces ‘Pastorale’ and ‘Rondeau’, and excerpts from these are also used in the accompanying soundscapes. Many thanks to Assi, […]
Congratulations to Mari Mäntylä, whose latest CD has just been released! The disc opens with my four ‘London Blues’ pieces which Mari commissioned a couple of years ago. I’m very much looking forward to hearing this.
Tomorrow, in Staten Island, New York, Jon Wintringham will give the first performance of ‘Lyric Fragments’ for alto sax and piano. It’s a short piece that grew out of some previous vocal settings of Sappho.
Today, I have the first performance of ‘Pastorale 2’ for organ. This will be given by Ilpo Laspas, at the beautiful modern Karjasilta Church in Oulu. It would be great to be there – not only to hear the piece but to also get some real winter weather!!
This is probably one of the stranger pieces that I’ve written. ‘French Concerto’ was originally commissioned and premiered by Trio Dauphine in France (with Marie van Rhijn playing harpsichord), and I then made a version for the instrumentation of the Omni Ensemble in New York (with Rebecca Pechefsky on harpsichord). Although all the music is […]
Back from a great time in London – rehearsals in various venues, numerous drinks receptions, and a chance to hear ten performances of my music. And last Saturday, at Kings Place, Daniela Rossi gave a fantastic first concert performance of my ‘Orpheus’ for guitar and orchestra, as well as a beautiful interpretation of the Rodrigo […]
As many of you will know I did a compositional detour some years ago and spent a bit of time writing some pieces that can best be described as ‘concert tangos’. These continue to get played and recorded, and there’s a fantastic new CD out by the German quintet, Faux Pas. This includes ‘Milonga Azure’ […]