In this article, I unpack some of Bertolt Brecht’s theories. What follows is a discussion about the Alienation Effect, Epic Theatre, Gestus, Contradiction and Complex Seeing. I also explore what realism means and question how one can be ‘innovative’ today. … Continue reading Brechtian Acting & Realism
I’ve made a YouTube video that tries to elaborate on my own approach to composing music. This entails what I think about what we call “Avant garde” music or “contemporary classical music” today. By all means, check out the video … Continue reading Practice-Led Research into an ‘Avant Garde’ Style
I’ve made an online lecture that discusses the compositional technique of Olivier Messiaen with reference to his quartet: Quatuor pour la Fin du Temps (Quartet for the End of Time) for clarinet, piano, violin and ’cello. In this lecture, I … Continue reading Olivier Messiaen: Quatuor pour la Fin du Temps
I once made a video about my experiences at the Museum für Moderne Kunst (Museum of Modern Art, or MMK for short) in Frankfurt, Germany. You can view this on my YouTube channel (although it’s one of my first videos and … Continue reading Museum für Moderne Kunst
Tonight, my piece ‘We Lived in the Gaps Between the Stories.’, performed by accordionist Ryszard Lubieniecki, will be played on Polish radio: [translation]: “[…] a presentation of the music of young generation composers gathered around the Łódź scene of Musica … Continue reading Polskie Radio / Polish Radio
My piece ‘We Lived in the Gaps Between the Stories.’ written for amplified accordion is now available to buy on accordionist Ryszard Lubieniecki’s latest CD “SEEDS”! Below is some information about the CD which can also be read here. “The … Continue reading New CD out now!
Brecht in Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre I went to see Brecht’s MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDREN in the Royal Exchange theatre in Manchester. It’s a beautiful building: as soon as you walk in, you’re greeted by high impressive ceilings and … Continue reading Brecht: MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDREN
I am pleased to announce that Ian Pace will be performing my Progress always comes late (2017) for solo piano. This piece was composed as a birthday present for Ian Pace on his fiftieth birthday. More information about this can … Continue reading Ian Pace in Huddersfield
I’m pleased to announce that another written publication is due to be released in July, 2019 in Exploring Xenakis: Performance, Practice, Philosophy, ed. by Alfia Nakipbekova (Wilmington, DE: Vernon Press, 2019). The book includes chapters by other authors as follows: Alfia Nakipbekova (University … Continue reading New Publication!
The latest instalment in my ENERGY CANNOT BE CREATED collection will be premiered by LSTwo Ensemble on Saturday. ENERGY CANNOT BE CREATED IV: …generously taken explores the notion that all acts of composing involve (re)arranging what already exists. It generously takes, … Continue reading Upcoming Performance: ENERGY CANNOT BE CREATED IV
I’m pleased to announce that my latest article about one of my compositions ‘We Lived in the Gaps between the Stories.’ (2017) has been published in the latest ‘Women and Music’ journal (vol 22, 2018). More information about this journal’s … Continue reading Recent Publication: Women & Music Journal
I’ve recently started writing music for film. I composed the soundtrack to an upcoming short film LITTLEY CAR directed by Chris Boylan. You can watch the trailer here (below) The short film premieres on Friday 30th November in Yorkshire. More … Continue reading Latest Soundtrack: LITTLEY CAR (short film)
A piece I wrote earlier this year, ENERGY CANNOT BE CREATED III: transferred states, was premiered by LSTwo ensemble in Leeds last Friday (04.05.18). The concert also featured world premieres from other composers. A video recording of the concert can be found here. Continue reading World Premiere: ENERGY CANNOT BE CREATED III
One of my recent pieces for piano, Progress always comes late (2017), will be premiered by pianist Ian Pace in April at City University of London. The event is free to attend, but it is recommended that you reserve a place via the online booking form. To celebrate Ian Pace’s 50th birthday, a group of international composers have all written short piano pieces in tribute to him. These were collected by US composer Evan Johnson, who wrote that this collection was ‘in recognition of a career built around the persistent championing of young or unduly ignored composers, and of difficult or otherwise unreasonable … Continue reading Upcoming Event: ‘Ian Pace at Fifty – Tributes and Early Modernism’
My piece Parallax Error (2014) for any four-stringed bowed instrument features as part of the second Cellomondo CD: Rebirth in Sound. The CD also features music by Aurélio Edler-Copes, Ryszard Lubieniecki, Jason Post, Dugal McKinnon, Patiparn Jaikampan and Artyom Kim. All pieces on the CD are performed by cellist Katharina Gross. The CD is available here and more information about it can be found here. More information about Cellomondo can be found here. Continue reading Cellomondo CD #2: ‘Rebirth in Sound’