Poetic Pioneers in Splendor

07/07/2014 12:48

Playing premieres is one of my all time favorite things to do. This time the composers Michael Edwards and Hugo Morales came from afar to work on the pieces in Splendor a few days before the concert. A few major and minor changes were made and we launched the new music into the world.

Michael Edwards
hyperboles are the worst thing ever (aka Epimenides would have been gutted)
musician-tweaked algorithmic piece for flute and computer


Hugo Morales
Modes of Mechanical Ventilation for intubated flute and electronics


Anne La Berge
Black Veined White (2005) for speaker and loudspeaker


Hugo Morales
Diferenciales for one scrubbed metal rod
Diego Espinosa percussion

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Poetic Pioneers

11/06/2014 10:34

The program text for the upcoming Poetic Pioneers concert in Splendor on Sunday 15 June 2014 is available online:

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MAZE played at the AngelicA festival on May 29th in Bologna. The concert included a premiere of Yannis Kyriakides’ oneirocriticon, works by Alvin Lucier, Robert Ashley and me. We played a new version of RAW for ensemble and Max patch. I used iPads and MIRA for the visual cueing. Very excited about using it in for future works.

The review of RAW likened the performance to Evan Parker, Maarten Altena, Derek Bailey, Paul Lytton, Anthony Braxton, Leo Smith. Not such a bad club to be included in.




Shackle at Huddersfield

18/05/2014 10:29

Shackle gave a Converging Objects workshop 9 and 10 May with a concluding concert on the last evening. We improvised, we laughed, we discussed, we drank local beer and made some incredible music together.




UCSD was the end of California

23/04/2014 18:14

Shackle gave a workshop and concert at UCSD on 16 April. Robert headed home, I flew off to see family and friends. UCSD has changed a lot since I as a student. They really know how make visitors feel welcome and they’ve got an incredible space filled with Meyer speakers!


Curious young artists in Irvine


Was wonderful to revisit the Gassman Electronic Music Series at UC Irvine and see what the students have been up to. Hats off to the faculty of the Integrated Improvisation Composition and Technology program. They are supporting a new generation of artists!


CalArts and a plethora of flutists and composers


Shackle had the treat of taking part in an afternoon of flute presentations and discussions at CalArts. We followed a friend and colleague from graduate school days, Camilla Hoitenga who spoke about notation.

Our notation is the Shackle System!


West Hollywood Library Council Chambers Affair


Shackle met Andrea Young and Michael Day at KISS2013 in Brussels in September 2013. We hit it off there and we hit it off on stage this time at our concert for SASSAS. I hope we can meet up again!


Santa Barbara, aural and gustatorial


Shackle gave a lecture, played a concert at UCSB and then enjoyed the company of Clarence Barlow and colleagues tasting wine in the hills of Santa Barbara. Delicious.


Fresno is more than a hot place


I gave a flute masterclass with the class of Teresa Beaman the whole afternoon. It’s remarkable to me how practicing scales, thinking in phrases and playing from the heart are still relevant to us.

Shackle played an evening concert to a full hall of students, faculty and Fresno enthusiasts. California was in the throes of a heatwave and we were hot in more ways than one.