I will be playing in two upcoming NewACTon events -
the first of which is on Sat April 27th, called “Woven Words”. Here’s a brief spiel about it:
To celebrate the release of The Invisible Thread, a publication of 75 Canberra writers, NewActon is bringing together three leading authors for an evening of heartfelt words woven with music.
Alex Miller, Alan Gould and Sara Dowse have each chosen musical compositions to bookend their poem or prose readings. These will be performed by an ensemble specifically arranged for the evening in collaboration with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra.
The other thing is on Sat May 4thand is called, among other things, “Sense: An Audio Journey.” Here, have some more free info.
Perhaps one of the most innovative soundscapes of the year, NewActon is presenting a journey from contemporary piano and performance poetry though jazz and electronic fusion to intelligent dance music.
No boundaries will stop this ambitious attempt to introduce new sounds to new people. Leading poets and musicians will progress the day from single strokes to complex rhythms and pulsing beats.
Max Cooper, a geneticist, classical composer and electronic producer from the UK, is said to be one of the most innovative musicians in contemporary dance music: “Beautiful, hypnotic techno that should be listened to by anybody with even a passing interest in intelligently geared dance music” (Electrotrash). He is the centrepiece of a remarkable array of artists who often perform their own solo concerts. CJ Bowerbird’s nation-leading poetry, David and Chris Finnigan’s spoken word and guitar ensemble, Miroslav Bukovsy’s critically acclaimed jazz trio, and Hypnagog’s 3-hour live set are some of the gems that will make Think to Sense an exceptional day for Canberra’s music industry.
[I'm in it too.]
The site for that one is here: www.newacton.com.au/sense and the fb event here. I’ll be playing 30 minutes of improvised stuff, starting with I think some modal improvisation on Take Five and seeing where the mood takes me.
NB This latter event is huge. PLEASE check out the event details before committing to it, it’s going to be amazing, just make sure your afternoon and evening are free!
Following the Bag of Rags gig, my live performance of Joplin’s Magnetic Rag, in my opinion his greatest piece, is now available on Youtube. Watch it here, and/or copy the Youtube/ow.ly link to potentially appreciative ragophiles below. [Ragophile is a word.]
Thanks be to @ArtSoundFM, the Canberra radio station that needed to try out a new piece of recording equipment, and for better or worse, captured my primarily ratty first run-through of this Joplin program.
A recording of Nikolai Kapustin’s Prelude & Fugue in C sharp minor, what I made.
“Kapustin wrote his Twenty-Four Preludes and Fugues op. 82 in 1997; he composed the Preludes first, and then used motifs from each to build the Fugues that follow. The whole work is by far his largest – 217 pages of music – and arguably his greatest in terms of breadth and scope of vision, the variety of musical styles he employs and his seemingly bottomless well of creativity. The unique key sequence helps to imbue each Prelude and Fugue with its own particular character when played as a set. Quite simply: a masterpiece.” [Source.]
I have some more prelude and fugue work that I’ll be uploading soon. Enjoy enjoy.
Movements I and II of the Poulenc Concert Champêtre project are now on YouTube. They’re here, and in the videos section of the site.
I did some post-production on the multitrack file from the performance of the concerto and synced it to the video of the concert. What you see is the mix, but it has not been edited. Credits and personnel are in the video information.
If you’re interested in putting the videos up somewhere, the embed links for the respective movements are <<http://youtu.be/PXlVyqkupow>> and <<http://youtu.be/b95cODxQsEk>>.
I’ll update again once the third movement has been added, at which point I’ll be moving on to the next project, or series of projects.
I’ve arranged the piece for my band The Monotremes: Trumpet, baritone sax, two keyboards, bass and drums, and David Shaw, Robert Scott, and Natalia Harvey are going to extend the group with flute, clarinet and violin.
This project is an experiment in adaptation. With the bass and drums, the piece navigates through many grooves that Poulenc would have never heard of, though the vast majority of his original melodic and harmonic material is adhered to.
The horn section (including violin) is kind of bonkers, so there have been heaps of opportunities for cool voicings and effects. The drummer will have his hands full with a tasteless array of noisy things, such as castanets, guiro, tambourine, jawbone, mark tree, etc. This is all in keeping with Poulenc’s aesthetic, which is basically one of lyricism, colour, and fun.
And of course the harpsichord will be a Nord Stage keyboard, sampling Italian and French harpsichords as well as some Clavinet, complete with effects. This will be combined with another keyboard, allowing for a massive palette.
David Shaw – Flute, piccolo Robert Scott – Clarinet in Bb Natalia Harvey – Violin Josh Holt – Basses
Zach Raffan – Trumpet Nicholas Combe – Baritone saxophone Adam Cook – Keyboards Matt Rankin – Keyboards John Griffiths – Drums, percussion Craig Greening – Desk