[translation]: “[…] a presentation of the music of young generation composers gathered around the Łódź scene of Musica Privata. “Seeds” is the title of Ryszard Lubieniecki’s debut album. We will listen to works by Mateusz Śmigasiewicz and Alannah Marie today.”
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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 pillars and archways (and that’s just the lobby area!) The main stage is circular, and the audience are seated around it in tiers. The stage’s floor rotates. This allows every audience member to see various parts of the show without the actors having their backs towards the audience throughout a whole play. It’s always interesting seeing how the performers and directors and stage design team and so on navigate it. As a side note, I went to see Beckett’s HAPPY DAYS in this theatre. If you’ve seen it, you’ll be aware that the main actor must be buried in a mound of earth throughout the whole play. When this was performed in the Royal Exchange theatre, they had the mound of earth rotating slowly and continuously throughout the whole performance.Continue reading
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 be found here and here.
This particular upcoming concert will feature works by Charles Ives, Walter Zimmermann, Marc Yeats, Lauren Redhead, Eleri Angharad Pound, Alistair Zaldua, and Michael Finnissy. More information about the concert and how to book can be found here.
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 of Leeds, UK), Dimitris Exarchos (Goldsmiths, University of London, UK) , Reinhold Friedl (Goldsmiths, University of London, UK) , Benoît Gibson (University of Évora, Portugal), Makis Solomos (Université Paris 8, France)
My chapter was co-written with critical theorist Michael D. Atkinson and it is titled ‘“Xenakis, not Gounod”: Xenakis, the Avant Garde, and May ’68’. This chapter is based on a talk we gave at the Xenakis Symposium.
Below is a summary of the whole multi-authored book, edited by Alfia Nakipbekova. The following quote can also be found here.
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, ruthlessly breaks apart, and forcefully reshapes. This piece is violent, cruel, and egotistic as it snaps and cracks the broken fragments of my musical self.Continue reading
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 latest volume can be found here.
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 information about the event, including the making of the film, can be found here.