A few photos from Emulsion III

Dannie Price took some awesome photos for us at Emulsion III. See all of them here

… and here are a few of my favourites

Emulsion III timeline….

28th May, 7.30pm…

… what might you discover as you enter the Village Underground and join the Emulsion party?

8pm – a surprise start to the evening!

…then some music by Ana Sokolovic performed by Louise McMonagleIMG_3107








then Tom joins Louise to play a duo by Kaija Saariaho








Next up some music by Trish Clowes, Luciano Berio & Chris Mayo… with a visit to a certain place of residence… Jazzboe also makes an appearance 🙂IMG_2862






After some refreshments we take a trip through Tangent’s set where we might hear some music from Trish’s 3rd album – due out in the Autumn…sbury







… Tangent will be performing as quartet: Trish Clowes/Chris Montague/Calum Gourlay/James Maddren

And onwards to the band Strobes (Dan Nicholls/Chris Sharkey/Dave Smith)…


on the 29th… once again get yourselves down to the Village Underground for 7.30pm

…then the fantastic girls of Juice vocal ensemble open up the evening…









…singing music written by themselves and wonderful people like Anna Meredith

and Luke Styles… who has written ‘The Girls Who Wished to Marry Stars’ for Juice and Tangent

Read about Luke’s thoughts on curating Emulsion III here

And so to FFFFFOOOOOODDDDD!!!! It is such a privilege to have Iain Ballamy and Thomas Strønen play at our festival – YOU ARE IN FOR A TREAT!!!







And finally…

The Emulsion Sinfonietta come together to perform works by Iain Ballamy, Thomas Strønen, Chris Montague, Luke Styles, Calum Gourlay and Trish Clowes. OUR LINE UP:

Iain Ballamy, Trish Clowes – saxophones
Chris Montague – guitar
Lauren Weavers – oboe
Freddie Gavita – trumpet
Tom Lessels – clarinets
Donald Grant – violin
Louise McMonagle – cello
Calum Gourlay – bass
James Maddren, Thomas Strønen – drums



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PS – some details left out so you can still enjoy the element of surprise…



Luke Styles (MD of Ensemble Amorpha) talks about curating Emulsion III

Luke overseeing the work-shopping of his piece
Luke overseeing the work-shopping of his piece

It has been a thrill and a challenge programming for Emulsion III, finding contemporary music which sits perfectly with contemporary jazz and draws audiences into listening to contemporary music and jazz in a fresh way. At the heart of the Ensemble Amorpha set and pop-ups are energetic and colourful pieces by established figures of the contemporary music scene, these include works by; Saariaho, Berio, Sokolovic, Holliger, Lucier and Britten. Alongside these core works are new commissions from Emulsion I and II by Trish Clowes and Chris Mayo. As an extra oddity I have programmed my own piece Light Blinks with Torches, which is an intimate musical/visual work involving clarinet, sax and a bucket of torches.

Final Emulsion Development Day with ECM artists FOOD

On February 28th we enjoyed our final Emulsion development day at The Premises Studios with Tangent, Ensemble Amorpha and Food (Iain Ballamy & Thomas Strønen). We spent the day exchanging ideas and trying out new music for the Emulsion III festival in May, in particular a new piece by Calum Gourlay, some ideas I’m preparing for my piece for the Emulsion Sinfonietta and a piece by Iain Ballamy.

The Jerwood Charitable Foundation have very generously supported us over the last year or so, and will continue to do so in the lead up to and throughout our 2 night festival.

Dannie Price took some photos to capture the day… You can see all of them here: http://emulsionfestival.tumblr.com/

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Recording at Air Studios with Tangent and BBC Concert Orchestra

On January 22nd Trish recorded 3 tunes at Air Studios with Chris Montague, Calum Gourlay, James Maddren, Gwilym Simcock and the BBC Concert Orchestra. There was also a cameo appearance from Emulsion oboist Lauren Weavers! Here are some photos of the day taken by Chris Kelly. Watch this space for details of when the recording is available to listen to…

Celtic Connections performance coming soon…!

For the Scotland dwellers amongst you, Trish will be performing at the Grand Hall, City Halls Candleriggs on Monday 27th January for Celtic Connections festival. Trish, Gwilym Simcock, Chris Montague, Calum Gourlay and Martin France will be performing an array of different pieces with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. ‘Sketch’ from Trish’s first album will get it’s first live premiere. Also in the programme is a trio performance of ‘Wayne’s Waltz’ and an arrangement of Gerwshwin’s ‘Lullaby’ for orchestral strings and saxophone.

Full details and tickets here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/orchestras/events/1679