The Academies

31/08/2017 - 13:02

I spent my second half of August on the faculties of two Dutch Academies.

The first was the Splendor Summer Academy where the participants were introduced to the Splendor way of engaging with their careers. Activities ranged from discussions about concert and festival programming to personal instrumental coaching to a canal boat ride. We had six participants from all over the world including Iran and Taiwan. They performed in Splendor and in the Uilenburger Synagogue for the Amsterdam Canal Festival. Lots of learning there!

Splendor Academy 2017

Splendor Academy 2017

The second was the Dutch Improvisers Academy.
We had 26 participants whose histories ranged from classical to jazz to self educated. They were passionate musicians all game to dive into playing with one another in endless formations. I was impressed and inspired by their maturity, curiosity and speed at picking up the advice from the six of us coaches. Not an easy task considering how diverse and devoted the coaching staff was this year. We worked at the Conservatory in the Hague, played concerts at the BIM and the Jazz Bicycle Tour.

DIA 2017 KonCon Den Haag

DIA 2017 KonCon Den Haag

DIA 2017 BIMhuis Amsterdam

DIA 2017 Jazz Bike Tour

The Flute Convention

10/08/2017 - 04:50

I was invited to perform a couple of works at the US National Flute Convention held in Minneapolis this year. I am representing a small group of Minnesota Native flutists that made careers elsewhere and are performing together on Saturday 12 August at 15.00.

And I am selling some of my stuff at the convention!
A USB card designed by Isabelle Vigier where I have loaded my works:
revamper
away – the Max App
Just Before – the Max App
TOO – the Max App

And the Unsounds LPs
RAW
The Hum

Come find me if you would like one or more!

The Card
Design by Isabelle Vigier

The Hum LP, Unsounds 40U, Joe Williamson and Anne La Berge

Rose Petal Jam

21/05/2017 - 13:50

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!

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

- 13:19

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.

UCSD Composition Seminar

13/02/2017 - 14:00

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.

Maze in Berlin

- 13:36

We made our way to Berlin for a short stay on a snowy day. The concert was part of The Kontraklang Tactile Paths Festival which was a continued celebration of Christopher William’s PhD accomplishments.

We played works that we love to play by Justin Bennett, Yannis Kyriakides and me plus the added extra of Jitterbug by Annea Lockwood who came over from the US to be part of the festivities.

Make and Remake

05/11/2016 - 20:40

I led a four day workshop for Composition, Sonology and Art Science students from the Royal Conservatory in The Hague called Make and Remake where they furiously researched and constructed sound and visual installations in record time.

The results were unexpectedly complex and engaging. Wow.

make1

make1

Remake2

remake1

KISS2016 Emergence

25/09/2016 - 11:30

Symbolic Sound, in partnership with De Montfort University’s Faculty of Art, Design and Humanities hosted the eighth annual Kyma International Sound Symposium. The theme was “Emergence”. We all lectured, performed and listened to talks about the past and current theories and manifestations of emergence. Subjects ranged from swarming to strange attractors and many in between. Enough information and inspiration to chew on for the coming year.

Those who gathered for this symposium are a group of devoted users of the Kyma System that was developed by Carla Scaletti and Kurt Hebel. It was a remarkable experience to spend four days with the creators of the instrument I use to make my art. Personal relationships with the makers of my flutes and the makers of the Kyma System: How wonderful is that?

Carla Scaletti KISS2016

Carla Scaletti KISS2016

Starting Utter KISS2016

Starting Utter KISS2016

Revealing my desktop. Talk and Run?

Revealing my desktop. Talk and Run?

More photos can be found here.

Stephen Altoft plays Away

15/06/2016 - 11:16

Away is one of my oldest Max patch pieces. It was a commission from Stephen Altoft for his 19-tone trumpet.
I’ve played a flute version many times and am touched to see that Stephen is still playing it.

This time in Hamburg.

Stephen Altoft