Since last year myself, Douglas Finch and Maya-Leigh Rosenwasser have been organising and curating what would have been Trinity Laban's annual New Lights contemporary piano festival. Due to the lockdown situation we have postponed it mostly until summer 2021, but have created an online version called 'Preludes to New Lights'. The full programme has many exciting things, including the overriding theme of preludes, where each day a number of improvised preludes are released alongside other works.
Full programme info can be found HERE, and will be premiering every day from 6th-12th July at 5pm on Trinity Laban's YouTube Channel !
I'm honoured to be premiering "Oil Coal and Gas for Three Cellos" by Climate Symphony, at the We Make Tomorrow Summit, an event organised by the Serpentine Gallery's General Ecology Project in partnership with Julie's Bicycle. The day will address the current climate crisis, including speakers such as Brian Eno and Frances Morris.
>> Tickets and full event programme here <<
The New Maker Ensemble will be joining 840 to celebrate their 5th anniversary this year at Café OTO, performing pieces composed for us in 2016 for our collaborative programme with 840: 'Masking Set' by Georgia Rodgers and 'HarM' by Nicholas Peters.
Look back on the full concert programme here!
Event page and tickets are here.
I am excited to announce that I will be taking part in the METRIC IP Conference in January 2020, at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre. METRIC is dedicated to the development of the the understanding of Improvisation, and the conference will be a large-scale exchange between European Conservatoires, through multiple workshops, masterclasses, lectures, discussion panels and concerts.
More info can be found here:
METRIC IP January 2020
Very happy and proud to announce that myself and my duo partner Kristjan Kannukene won the Gladys Puttick Improvisation Competition yesterday!
You can listen to our improvisation here, which was based on "Orakei Korako", a poem by Andrew Ball.
"This was a real journey...transcending the conventional use of instruments. There was an involving sense of ebb and flow. Highly charged, colourful and striking." - adjudicators' comments, Linda Hurst & Ian Mitchell
Earlier this year I did some session work at Pedigree Cuts, and it's definitely worth a listen! The album has an edgy cinematic rock feel, combined with European folk traditions in the string quartet and virtuosic piano solos.