Listening!

I just thought I’d share some things that my ears have been loving recently…

First up is a new album from bassist-composer-producer Michael Olatuja called ‘Lagos Pepper Soup’, available here: https://michaelolatuja.bandcamp.com/

An incredible vision for an album, and soooo much joy. Here’s a video of one of the tracks called ‘Soki’ which features legends Dianne Reeves and Lionel Loueke

Next up is a piece called “i only bite because you make me” by Yshani Perinpanayagam, for piano synchronised to a perfect game of snake. It was written for “The Pixel Players” hosted by Royal Concert Hall Nottingham and the National Videogames Arcade, March 2019. I think this is just a brilliant, inventive piece of writing.

Next one… admittedly I’m a bit biased, this is a video of my good friend Louise McMonagle performing Heinz Holliger’s ‘Chaconne’ for solo cello. I’m writing Louise my own solo piece at the moment, so I’ve been checking out the details of this incredible composition, and Louise’s brilliant performance of it!

Finally, I’ve discovered these amazing string quartets by Eleanor Alberga… These are just EVERYTHING I want to hear in string quartet writing… Happy listening everyone!

Muted Lines (and Tap Dance)

Last year I commissioned Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian to write for My Iris (my band) and the Emulsion Sinfonietta. The new work ‘Muted Lines’ appears on my latest album ‘My Iris’, was toured during January and received its full-scale premiere at Emulsion V on January 27th 2017.

When we were fundraising for this project I recorded an interview with Cevanne:

For some time now I have been meaning to put up my latest album’s liner notes that relate to ‘Muted Lines’ and my response/sister piece ‘Tap Dance (for Baby Dodds)’ and so here they are:

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Latest investigations…

Here’s a few things I’ve been investigating this week…

Joanne Brackeen – Six Ate, with Billy Hart & Cecil McBee… and this video (thanks Nikki Iles) with Joe Henderson, Kim Clarke and Keith Killgo

And Joe Henderson’s quartet with Kim Clarke, Renee Rosnes & Sylvia Cuenca

Trois preludes et fugues – Marcel Dupre (thanks Ross Stanley)… also Herbert Howell’s Rhapsodies for Organ

Alice Coltrane doc on BBC Radio 3 http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08h0cc8
(and her records in general)

Jimi Hendrix & Larry Young jamming on “Nine to the Universe”

Questlove talking about working with D’Angelo:

I’ve also been reading more George Lewis’ “A Power Stronger Than Itself” and Lydia Goehr’s “The Imaginary Museum of Musical Works”