Giddy with a new romance, swaying under a hangover that could have floored a horse and upright only because I lacked the energy to lie down I scribbled a setting of Left Coast by Ming Holden, one of my favourite poets. An hour later I was looking at a dense, spinning score for three violins, threeContinue reading “Left Coast”
Some recent radio shows done with Sam Lee. And some photos of me doing them. As proof. World on Three (Radio 3) The Folk Show (Radio 2) The Tom Robinson Show (Radio 6)
As I think I’ve mentioned elsewhere, I am quietly obsessed with dance, dancing, dancers and that whole world, so being invited to compose for a new piece by the SITI Company Conservatory had me spinning around the flat like Hugh Grant in 10 Downing Street. Our starting points were an extremely intimate text by Melissa Flower, myContinue reading “New York Pt 3: Dance Performance with SITI Company Conservatory”
Click here to hear the session. Trudging up to an unmarked back entrance of a nameless building in central Manhattan, myself and the rest of the band were ushered up service lifts, through winding corridors to our studio, The Cutting Room. The first thing you notice about The Cutting Room is a lack of walls. WhereContinue reading “New York Pt 2: Wo’Pop with Darek Mazzone and Sam Lee”
I love dancers. I love the bravery of performing without an instrument to lean on or hide behind, without words to explain what you’re doing or how the audience should feel about it, stepping out as a body in a room full of bodies and making the case that all the other bodies should shutContinue reading “First Look at Tantalus, a new ballet by Three Satyrs”
A mysterious force has stolen all the world’s Christmas presents and now it’s up to Teddy to save them. To do this he must befriend a fearsome pirate, recover the Christmas fairy’s wand and track down a terrifying snow monster. Over the last month I’ve been writing, recording and teaching the music for Gomito’s latest show, whichContinue reading “The Holdalls’ Christmas Adventure!”
Karahi is a suite for twelve violins (a duodectet, as google informs me) and three voices written for Flora Curzon, who is awesome both generally and in terms of her violin skills. It contains texts from Ming Holden and an anonymous 13th Century Japanese poet, translated by Robert Bower and Earl Miner. I was listeningContinue reading “Karahi”
This is a piece of Latin house music I wrote with a massive grin on my face.