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20/9/14

What a WONDERFUL and exciting summer I've had -


It started in Doncaster where I was teaching,  not for the first time, at the inspirational summer courses of CoMA (Contemporary Music for Amateurs.) This brilliant outfit brings together an extroardinary eclectic mix of amateurs and professionals for a fairly crazy week of high-end creativity. I taught my first Meditation and Yoga for Musicians class (nerve-wracking!) as well as a range of enthusiastic pianists and composers. Love and inspiration to many friends old and new: Matt Sharp, Robin Michael, Judith Serota, Mick Peake, Michael Finnissy, Matthew Lee Knowles and many many more..

Last week I had a little gig in Florence at the Museo Bargello with London Sinfonietta, and took a few days to see Florence with my husband - what a spectacular city, still resonating with the names of so many artists and thinkers who changed the way we viewed the world and led us to the Modern.

And - certainly not least! - three extraordinary weeks in Bhutan with the ever-inspirational Frances-Marie Uitti. We travelled and stayed in the homes of unbelievably generous Bhutanese hosts, interviewed lamas, monks and musicians countrywide, and generally soaked up the views and the atmosphere of this dramatic, feudal, happiness-oriented country, whose gorgeous religious and cultural artefacts soak the very air with a suffusion of incense and calm. So privileged!

Now to compose:

* A triptych for Lore Lixenberg and the Copenhagen based Trio Zoom, called Way out East: settings of my own little vers, as well as Burmese and a very special text in Indian English..

* Tiger's Nest - for Joby Burgess, two pianos, and gamelan! A thrilling prospect.








23/05/14

http://www.sjss.org.uk/filter-series/occupy-pianos

OCCUPY THE PIANOS! St. John's Smith Square London Friday 30th May - Sunday 1st June 2014


Very busy at the moment, putting together my own contributions to this festival, as well as overseeing the artistic plan, and working with a number of amazing young pianists..

Check the link above for details of all the concerts: a huge range of seminal piano and multi-piano works -  from the Hammerklavier and Ives' Concord Sonata to Messiaen's Visions de l'Amen and Bartok's Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion. Stockhausen's Kontakte, new works by composers from an open call (which received an amazing 90 submissions.) There are two subsidiary themes: a tribute to recently departed and sorely missed composers, Jonathan Harvey, including a new piece of my own dedicated to Jonathan, and Steve Martland, who's massive and thrilling Drill for two pianos is represented.


Other exciting elements: Julius Eastman's radical and rarely-played Gay Guerrilla for 4 pianists, an arrangement of Varese' Ameriques for the same team, the Rite of Spring for piano duet. All this and much more...

Look forward to seeing as many as possible at all these events. Kudos to Richard at St.John's Smith Square for having the vision to support it..! Check out the listings, and come and join the Occupation.
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