I was incredibly lucky to be involved in some of the recording sessions for the Erased Tapes tenth anniversary box-set, 1 + 1 = X, which is being released on Record Store Day, April 21st. It was a real privilege to make music alongside such an inspiring group of people, and was an experience that will stay with me for a long time. I'm also thrilled to have a new composition of mine included on there.
I'm very excited say that Immix's next series begins on June 8th at the Bluecoat, featuring new music written by the incredible Luke Abbott, and myself.
We are incredibly fortunate to have been supported once again by the Arts Council England, and this concert will be the first in a series of five new commissions that we'll be performing across Liverpool (and beyond!) over the next 12 months.
Recently, I wrote some music for Adam Scovell's short film, The Attempt. The film deals with the poet Edward Thomas, and is based on his account of an aborted suicide attempt in 1911 whilst walking in the woods. The bittersweet irony of this attempt is that Thomas was shot and killed at the battle of Arras some six years later. I think that Adam has done a fantastic job of capturing a number of themes - isolation, depression, nature, and the parallels between Thomas' foreshadowing of his own death and a world on the brink of war to name a few - and it was a genuine pleasure to have worked with him on it.
I am incredibly thrilled to announce that the studio recording of 'Transition' - the piece composed by Vessel and myself, and performed by Immix - is being released by Erased Tapes Records on March 18th. Equally thrilling is that I have also joined the Erased Tapes Music Publishing roster of composers!
You can listen to "What Hath God Wrought?" below, which was premiered on 6 Music Recommends with Mary Anne Hobbs last night, and pre-order the album in the Erased Tapes shop.
I'm unbelievably excited to be joining the Erased Tapes family, and I can't wait for you to hear the full album!
Happy New Year! Here's a demo of a new piece, written for my niece, Maia, who was born last year.
There's a little interview with me in the October issue of Bido Lito, where I gave them a brief history of Immix; talked about our upcoming show with Stealing Sheep, Fearghus Ó Conchúir and Aoife McAtamney; and even managed to change nationality. You can pick up a copy for free if you're in Liverpool, if you're not you can have a read here.
I'm excited to report that the first show of Immix's 2015/16 season is happening on Saturday, August 8th as part of FestEvol at the Kazimier. This time around we're collaborating with the amazing Bill Ryder-Jones, premiering a brand new suite of music based on three dissociative 'episodes.' Bill has written some really amazing music which he'll be performing with us, and you can get a taste of what's in store by watching the video below. We'll also be performing a couple of short interludes by me. I can't think of a better way to kick off the new Immix season!
Lately I've been working on some new solo material for woodwinds, piano and electronics, and have just put a piece up on SoundCloud, which sounds like this:
It's part of my plan to a) write more, and b) have some sounds up that are a little more relevant to what I'm doing at the moment.
In May, the Berlin-based composer Joe Snape and Manchester's ACM Ensemble are touring around the UK with a large-scale work Joe has written for chamber ensemble, electronics and live text typist. As a part of their tour they are commissioning local composers to respond to the work, and I'm delighted to have been chosen to write a piece for their Liverpool show, which is happening on May 16th at Metal Liverpool. Joe's piece is going to be amazing - you can find out more about it here - and I'll be performing my piece with two of my favourite people, singer/songwriter Tom Cowcher and violinist Rakhi Singh.