Monthly Archive: December 2011

Fire Designs

Posted on Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Check out this fantastic proposed design for my 20x12 Fire piece. The choristers (around 150 of them) form a giant soap-box-raised circle and a forest of wax torches forms the centerpiece. The audience comes in via the two gaps in the circle. Thanks for Mandy Dike and The World Famous, both for this awe-inspiring design and for allowing me to reproduce this here.

I've created what I hope will be quite an intense meditation on fire, with musical phrases repeating and bouncing around the circle. I finished the piece a few days ago and it's now making its way round to the various choirs that will be involved, so they have plenty of time to learn it. Coming to Salisbury, Brighton, Spitalfields and London's South Bank Center in May and June.

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Music Box

Posted on Monday, December 19, 2011

In mid-Jan I'll be starting my Harvard residency with the Silk Road Ensemble, but just before that I'll be popping into the New York to catch my dear friend, harpist Bridget Kibbey's mouth-watering concerts at Le Poisson Rouge on Jan 11th and 15th. It's the first of a new Resident Artist series from my other dear friends, the Metropolis Ensemble, and features an amazing range of music from all over the world, including my own Caja de Musica (from whence the concert derives its title), a new piece by Paquito d'Rivera and also, coincidentally a new piece by Syrian clarinettist and composer Kinan Azmeh, who will be joining me to perform in the workshops in Harvard the following week. I'll be at LPR on the 15th, and I hope to see you there!

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