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:

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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:

Emulsion III to take place at the Village Underground

Emulsion will be taking over the Village Underground in Shoreditch on 28th-29th May 2014! Check out these links:

Tickets will be on sale in January…

Emulsion III features, ECM artist Food, Juice, Tangent, Ensemble Amorpha and Strobes+ByramArt

We’re supported by the PRS for Music Foundation, Arts Council England and the Jerwood Charitable Foundation. Check out the Emulsion page on this website for more info.


PRS for Music Foundation funding!

Tangent and Emulsion III have been awarded funding from the PRS for Music Foundation

(individual award for Trish Clowes).

funding partner of Emulsion

This will support Tangent touring, the Emulsion III festival and two new commissions, one from

Trish for Tangent and ECM artists ‘Food’ (Iain Ballamy and Thomas Strønen), and one from

guitarist Chris Montague. Both works will be premiered at Emulsion III.

guitarist Chris Montague
        guitarist Chris Montague