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BBC Radio Play – Inspire Esa-Pekka

This past December I assisted Paul Griffiths in leading a workshop for the BBC’s Learning Division. Together with 3 stellar musicians from the BBC Symphony Orchestra, we worked with about 20 talented young composers and musicians aged 12-18 to compose a new piece based of off conductor/composer Esa-Pekka Salonen’s work. We took his piece “Karawane” as our inspiration and the…

Madlabs with Sam Fox

This past week, I spent four days in the bowels of the Barbican Arts Centre making music theatre with Sam Fox of KILN Ensemble. Sam is a multi-talented performer and theatre maker, originally from Wales, based in Birmingham. She plays harp, sings, acts, and directs. And she led us through a damn good MADLABs residency. Together with about ten other Guildhall…

Dialogue Festival 2017

Dialogue Festival 2017 was a two day extravaganza this year. I performed both evenings with Geoffa using her jumper scores, as part of the pre-theatre show. Malik and Kenny performed poems, there was a water harp, Martina played a voice and flute loop piece and Rodrigo intrigued audiences with his stones sound board. We then moved into the theatre for…

The Improvisers’ Choir (TIC) – Istanbul

Last December, I went to Turkey for 2 days to perform at Istanbul’s KOCH University with The Improvisers’ Choir (TIC). I was battling illness, but managed to have enough voice for the performance, and also managed to see a bit of Istanbul in the process. Karolis, Uran’s husband, also came with us and filmed our performance. He’s turned it into…

Guildhall Consort Performance Coming Up!

A quick note. I’ll be performing with The Guildhall Consort Ensemble this Thursday at Milton Court. The program is composed of Stravinsky and Mozart, the most interesting part (speaking for myself) being Stravinsky’s Mass for Mixed Choir and Brass Quintet. Of course, we’ll be directed by the ever generous Eamonn Dougan, who loves to share his hilarious choir singing stories, although I…

Kurt Weill Opera Buffa, Feb 4 & 5

Good news in, I’ve been cast in a comic opera by Kurt Weill, to be performed on February 4th and 5th at the Bloomsbury Theatre. I’ll be playing the role of Angele, the owner of a photography studio in Paris. Turn of the century Paris, the Studio Angèle. The Tsar has just confirmed an appointment that Angele, the owner, knows…

Learning to Sing Tango

Although studying tango only took up maybe 2 or 3 days of my time while on the residency in Argentina, it was one of the more important experiences for me. First of all, it was the most challenging music we had tackled, personally speaking. Usually when a piece of music is more difficult and requires more effort, then I really…

Residency in La Plata, Argentina

This December I attended a two week residency in La Plata, Argentina, with my fellow Leadership cohort, organized by Colectivo La Sonora. It was interesting to compare the experience to the camps I’ve been on before as well my own camp which I organized this summer with Kirk Kenney and Hadi Eldebek, Compass World Arts. Unlike those previous camps, this…

TIC – The Improvisers’ Choir Performance Dec 05 2015

“This expeditious diving into the creative primordial soup and the surfacing of an idea into the light, its flourishing into forms and proliferation into patterns, is this choir’s art.” (Alistair Smith) TIC – The Improvisers’ Choir Performance Dec 05 2015 Vortex Jazz Club, Dalston, London For a full description and review of the performance by composer and writer Alistair Smith,…

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