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.
Ivan Hewett interviewed me recently and gave Emulsion III a great plug too…
“Trish Clowes is a fiercely talented jazz saxophonist who has also founded her own music festival”
Have a read!
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/
TICKETS AND MORE EMULSION III INFO ON THE VILLAGE UNDERGROUND WEBSITE
So for this interview I get chatting to saxophonist Tom Challenger, a fine Yorkshireman living in the heart of South East London down the road (on the 185 bus) from me… I first met/heard Tom when he was studying at Guildhall, playing with all the people I was first getting to know when I moved to London.
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…
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
My session with Donald Grant and Pete Cant for BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction is available to download til the 25th Jan 2014…..
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.
In early December I recorded a very quirky session with violinist Donald Grant and writer/director Pete Cant for BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction – due to be broadcast on Boxing Day!
Can’t wait to hear it again…