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RAW LP released by Unsounds

21/05/2017 13:57

On 15 May Unsounds released an LP of my work RAW for MAZE.
It’s incredible to have the support of such an adventuresome and aesthetically happening label. Bravo Isabelle Vigier for the design.

Reviews have been drifting in.
So far I think they get the RAW part.

Photo credit: Isabelle Vigier, Unsounds

Rose Petal Jam

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The Scordatura Ensemble has a project call Rose Petal Jam based on the songs of Harry Partch with additional new compositions to add to the list of microtonal madness. They commissioned me to write a work and I made a Max App called Just Before the Rain that can last anywhere from 2 minutes to infinity.

The Rose Petal Jam concert will be touring this season and next. The schedule will appear on my agenda and on the Scordatura site.

On 15 May we produced the premiere concert in Splendor to a sold out house!

Mark Dresser is in Town!

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Mark Dresser was our guest at Splendor on 13 April. With the company of locals, some them Mark’s old friends, we improvised our way through the evening in all configurations and combinations. Lovely.

Onno Govaert, Mark Dresser, Kaja Draksler, Anne La Berge, Mary Oliver

Anne La Berge, Onno Govaerts, Michael Moore, Kaja Draksler, Mary Oliver

The Sound Revolution

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I flew to Edinburgh for a day to be part of the Edinburgh International Science Festival. Our event was called The Sound Revolution and focussed on a few performances and a discussion regarding how music is part of the digital world we live in today.

Our fearless discussion leader was Martin Parker. He had to field both public and participant questions and answers and try to make sense out of such a broad and changing issue. And he did it too. I play his piece Grunt Count regularly on tour and I was curious about his plans for upcoming projects.

I performed Utter. It has a different audience response every time I play it. Can’t wait to see what happens next time.

Pete Furniss and Martin Parker, Edinburgh International Science Festival

ArtEZ General Study Workshop

18/03/2017 14:47

ArtEZ University of the Arts based in Arnhem, The Netherlands, asked me to come give a workshop for their Lost in Transition general study day on 16 March where they bring creative students from different art disciplines together. It was the Netherland’s national election day and I had just returned from weeks in North America. What a way to land.

We spent 3.5 hours making, interpreting and remaking one another’s works based on the concepts and practical expressions of transitions. I was flabbergasted and touched to be part of such original, resourceful and wise work coming from these young artists.

West Coast Tour 2017

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David Dramm and I took it upon ourselves to tour together after a 22 year hiatus. We started with a concert at our homebase, Splendor Amsterdam, where we could try a few things out before we hit the road.

I played radical repertoire including works by Sam Pluta, Hugo Morales, David Dramm, Yannis Kyriakides and myself and David told stories about our former tours. We ended the concert with a story that we told together.

First stop was Chicago which is not on the west coast and David was not there. Sam Pluta and I recorded his sonically intense and tremendous to perform Delay/Line. I gave a couple of composition seminars and we joined our favorite bassoon players Katie Young and Dana Jessen for an improv concert at Elastic Arts that was reminiscent of a concert in Splendor that Shackle produced a couple of years ago.

Recording Sam Pluta’s Delay/Line. Univ of Chicago.

David and I met up in Vancouver where he met with the students of John Korsrud and joined me for a concert produced by Music on Main. We get together with David Pay, the director of Music on Main, in the Netherlands and it was a treat to finally spend time with him on his own turf. What a stunning venue the Fox Cabaret is!

Vancouver is the home of the NOW Society run by colleague and close friend, Lisa Cay Miller. We managed to squeeze in a play at the NOW Society INsphere Sessions. I like the way Lisa hears and reacts when we play together. Jeff Younger joined us as did a few others. Nice night of improv with a lot of circular breathing.

Next came a residency at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. I fell in love with the mountain that hovers over the campus. The snowy cliffs and peaks bewitched us with light and shadows moment to moment for four days. I collaborated with six student composers and recorded their flute/electronics compositions. A gratifying lip-buster and just the beginning. We will work together again in Amsterdam in June in a BYU/Splendor exchange residency. David taught lessons for a full day, we gave a joint lecture on Splendor and our work, I led an improv class and we finished with a concert. The rewards of spending time with the musical community of BYU were felt by all.

Another early flight took us to San Francisco where we got in a car and drove to Santa Cruz, American style. We gave another Composition Colloquim and enjoyed the challenge of tweaking our duo presentation. The students told us we brought a freshness to the seminar formant by handing the lead back and forth and into the public.

Our concert was in the Radius Gallery run by the Indexical Foundation. Bravo Indexical for creating a vibrant series with a curious audience from scratch!

The last concert was at the San Francisco Center For New Music. The audience included some new and some dear old friends. Performing for them in such an intimate space gave the concert a sort of conversational flavor. Hello, we’re here to tell you our stories.

Meerenai Shin was the curator for the Center For New Music Concert and this was her last concert.

The Saturday March

13/02/2017 21:22

I was in San Diego, California on January 21, 2017:

We, San Diego Women’s March, peacefully marched in San Diego in solidarity with the Women’s March in DC. We are dedicated to a free and open society. Together we stand united in our respect for all people and we resist the marginalization of anyone. As a diverse, inclusive community of compassionate people, we seek to strengthen and continue our commitment to work for the protection of women’s rights. We stand firm in agreement that women’s rights are human rights.

San Diego, 21 January 2017

With flutist colleagues Jane Rigler and Lisa Cella

Home Movies at Splendor

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My Splendor members concert for 2017 was a run-through of the concert that David Dramm and I will be taking on tour to the West Coast of North America.

I play works by Sam Pluta, Hugo Morales, David Dramm, Yannis Kyriakides and me and David tells stories about our tours from years past mixed with the story of Telemachus.

Now that we know how it feels to perform it, we can tweak it, thanks to the valuable comments by our trustworthy friends and colleagues who came.

Treads at the 7090 Party

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7090 celebrated their 15 years by putting on a marathon evening of performances with the artists they’ve worked with over the years in the Orgelpark in Amsterdam.

The Orgelpark has become home to many musicians with their diverse and adventuresome programming and their welcoming of concert ideas.

Years ago I created Treads for 7090. It’s a Max Patch and has undergone more than a few revisions. This time we did the unplugged, super short version with iPads and improv. Nice to revisit a piece with such close friends.

UCSD Composition Seminar

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As a composer/performer/improviser and self-taught nerd I am often faced with the conundrum of how to present my work in a way that would be artistically and technically useful without slighting the importance of the necessary performative eruptions that my music needs to come to life.

This time I got to taste the vibe of the UCSD music students while also solving some programming issues in Utter.