I spent some time over the summer writing a series of short ‘Art Preludes’ – five pieces, each based on the work of an impressionist artist. These are a fusion of an impressionist musical style, with hints of jazz and French café music. The level is around grades 6-8. I’m delighted to say that these […]
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I always love the unusual and the offbeat, so it’s exciting that tonight ‘Selene’s Song’ will be performed at the iconic Club des Poetes in Paris – sometime hangout of the likes of Char, Neruda, Paz etc. A great venue, and great performers!! Much thanks to Paula Thomas (flute) and Dayana Matevosova(guitar).
A new flute and guitar work Selene’s Song will receive it’s premiere in July. This piece was inspired by one of the Homeric Hymns (to Selene) in a translation by Diane Rayor, whose texts I’ve used before. The work will be performed by Paula Thomas on flute and Dayana Matevosova on guitar. There will be […]
Many years ago I briefly jumped ship (stylistically) to write some pieces that were inspired by the contemporary tangos of the likes of Piazzolla. These works are still going strong, including a piece for sax quartet called ‘The Pale Dancer’. The Quatuor Ellipsos are stunning interpreters of this work, and their brilliant performance for French […]
I’ll be on the early early train from Penzance tomorrow for a couple of days in London, which includes a chance to hear my ‘Masques’ for guitar at the Cervantes Theatre on Sunday. This was an International Guitar Foundation commission last year for Dimitris Soukaras, and he’ll be playing it again this time. Before that, on […]
Thanks very much to Elena Cobb for pointing out this lovely and very positive review in Music Teacher magazine of my three volumes of Sound Sketches pieces. I wrote these for the early levels of piano study, and they’re gradually getting known more and more. They’re are available through #EVCMusic
Kiertue käynnistetty! And if your Finnish is a little rusty, that means ‘tour launched’ (or so Facebook translate tells me). Yesterday, for the first time, the combined forces of the Avonia Music Institute guitar and string orchestras gave a performance of my Serenata Notturna. Further dates to follow, including off to Stockholm soon!!
I’m delighted to have just received a new CD from Tricahue, a brilliant Chilean ensemble that is based around saxophones and percussion. This recording features music by South American composers as well as my Pájaros del Mar, a piece that they’ve been playing for a long time. I’m very grateful to these performers (Alejandro Rivas […]
I’ve pinched this summary of some December performances from Composers Edition… Guitarists Rody van Gemert and Jose Casallas are joined by flautist Eva Sarkola for concerts in Sweden and Russia that will focus solely on the works of Graham Lynch and Yimy Robles. These will take place at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm […]
I’m back in Penzance now after a fantastic weekend at the London Guitar Festival. It’s rare that I’d have two premieres on one day but on Saturday lunchtime I had a fantastic performance of ‘Masques’ given by Dimitris Soukaras – he’d really grasped the character and moods of the music and brought the piece to […]