Upcoming Event: ‘Ian Pace at Fifty – Tributes and Early Modernism’

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’

Cellomondo CD #2: ‘Rebirth in Sound’

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’

New Piece for 28 Pianos Performed in Yorkshire

My latest composition, Resonance/Light/Decay for 28 pianos, composed in collaboration with Dr Mic Spencer (University of Leeds) was premiered on Tuesday 12 December, 2017 in the School of Music, University of Leeds. The composition and its performance was done to celebrate the School of Music becoming a Steinway School. More about this can be read here and here. The performance of Resonance/Light/Decay was live-streamed online and also featured on BBC Radio Leeds. Continue reading New Piece for 28 Pianos Performed in Yorkshire

Upcoming Performance in Łódź

One of my compositions, ‘We Lived in the Gaps between the Stories.’ (2016) for amplified accordion will be performed in the upcoming sixth edition of the ‘Working Scene’ concert series (Scena Robocza #6). The event will take place on Wednesday, September 27 in Łódź and will feature performances from accordionist Ryszard Lubieniecki and artist Sonia Skowronek with electronics and sound realisation by Piotr Bednarczyk. This event will also feature the works of Mateusz Śmigasiewicz, Josue W. Amador, Dominik Karski, and Piotr Bednarczyk. More information about this event can be found here. Continue reading Upcoming Performance in Łódź

New Music Biennial, Hull

The New Music Biennial festival, funded by the PRS for Music foundation, claims to push ‘the boundaries of new music’. It provides an opportunity for ‘new’ musical works to be showcased across the UK and on BBC Radio 3. The term ‘new’ in this instance is to be taken literally: these works were very recently written (some were world premieres) and drew on music history, existing practices, and the musical techniques of a variety of cultures. The festival, initially presented in Hull, the 2017 City of Culture, was repeated at London’s Southbank Centre and follows the previous models of this festival to present a variety of eclectic genres of music being written today. Continue reading “New Music Biennial, Hull”

Upcoming Performance in Bydgoszcz

Tomorrow, accordionist Ryszard Lubieniecki will perform my piece ‘We Lived in the Gaps between the Stories.’ (2016) for amplified accordion as part of his final diploma recital at the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz. He will also perform works by Richard McReynolds, Gilberto Agostinho, Dominik Karski, Piotr Bednarczyk, as well as his own piece black-control-Holzfällen.  This recital is free, and so if you happen to be in Bydgoszcz, then why not have a listen. Event details: June 16, 2017, 1:30 pm, Concert Hall of the Academy of Music,  Gdańsk Street 20, Bydgoszcz A full programme is available here. Continue reading Upcoming Performance in Bydgoszcz

Upcoming Performance: Amplified Accordion in Wrocław

My composition for solo accordion ‘We Lived in the Gaps between the Stories.’ (2016) will be performed for a second time by Ryszard Lubieniecki in Wrocław on June 13. This piece was first performed at Wrocław’s Spadochron festival last week. Tomorrow’s event comprises a performance of amplified accordion music, commissioned and performed by accordionist Ryszard Lubieniecki with additional electronics by Piotr Bednarczyk. The event features many new works by composers Richard McReynolds, Gilberto Agostinho, Dominik Karski, Piotr Bednarczyk, and Ryszard Lubieniecki himself.  If you happen to be in Wrocław tomorrow, then why not have a listen. A full programme is available here. Continue reading Upcoming Performance: Amplified Accordion in Wrocław

World Premiere in Wrocław

On June 10, 2017, accordionist Ryszard Lubieniecki will premiere my composition for solo accordion ‘We Lived in the Gaps between the Stories.’ (2016). The premiere will take place in Wrocław’s festival ‘Spadochron‘ (parachute). ‘Spadochron’ is a festival dedicated to solo improvised music and curate by Michał Sember and Lena Czerniawska. Due to the nature of the score, ‘We Lived in the Gaps between the Stories.’ is of indefinite duration and Lubieniecki’s performance at this particular event will last approximately 20-30 minutes. Further details of the event, along with the above poster, can be found here. Continue reading World Premiere in Wrocław

Upcoming Performance: *Pacific Pleasures*, an opera.

I have composed a one-act opera called Pacific Pleasures (with libretto by Jorge Balça), which will be performed by Bloomsbury Opera company on March 25th and 26th in London. More information can be found here and on the poster below.  Pacific Pleasures (2016-17) is a prequel to Leonard Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti (1952), which tells the story of a married couple living together in suburban America. They are both desperately unhappy in their relationship and frequently argue. In contrast to this, Pacific Pleasures tells the story of how this soon-to-be married couple were born, met, fell in love, and got married. Stage Director: Jorge … Continue reading Upcoming Performance: *Pacific Pleasures*, an opera.