From The Corner

Domenico Angarano masterminded and produced an album of work to showcase the composing talents of the musicians at The London Contemporary Dance School. Each piece had to reflect the sort of work we produce for daily exercises in ballet and contemporary class. While dance accompaniment requires a large degree of improvisation, this gave us the opportunity to flesh out some of our improvisations into fully realised tracks. My own contribution was a short piano piece, Study in F Sharp Minor.

You can listen to the entire album here.

Jinan project progress!

This project has turned into a enormous task , with many rewrites and late nights as I have to send new tracks to my collaborators in China so they have them for the morning. They wake up when I need to go to bed! But I know it will be worth it. Choreographer Annarita Mazzilli has created some beautiful movement and it is a terrific opportunity for me. I have had numerous conversations with friends about working according to what one is being paid, but it is not something I have yet figured out how to do. How can we not but want to give our best? Above is the music from the love duet ‘Fire’. The entire score can be heard here.

New home for acoustic panels

I built these acoustic absorption panels (as you do), but have nowhere to put them in my small flat, so musician and friend Ronen Kozokaro has made good use of them. I felt very chuffed when he sent these pics of them mounted to the wall in his newly constructed home studio.

Mixing day

Spent a fun and educational day mixing The Journey Between with Chris Marsh. He has vastly improved the overall impact of the track.

Chris at work at his console.
Additional computer to monitor the stereo image

Jinan Dance Project

I am currently composing a 60 minute score for the Jinan Dance Project, a new choreography which will be touring throughout China. I began my journey with a fun trip to Ray Man’s in Chalk Farm to try out some instruments. I bought a yueqin, de-fu-lo (both related to mandolins), di-zi (small flute), temple blocks and bells.

Weird and wonderful instruments at Ray Man. Very tempting but you can’t afford everything!
The large red drums at the back are traditional Chinese tanggu drums
What do I do with these?!

New commission

I feel very privilaged to have been invited to work with Stopgap Dance Company again. I am creating the music and soundscape for a new 20 minute outdoor space-themed piece The Journey Between, choreographed by dancer Chris Pavia, and which will be touring in the early summer. I am also working on a 10 minute curtain raiser Space in Gravity.

Chris Pavia and team at work creating The Journey Between

Thumbelina

I have recently found some time to continue orchestrating my ballet Thumbelina.  As is often the case with personal projects that aren’t written as part of a commission, and without looming deadlines, it is sometimes difficult finding the motivation to get it finished. But I am enjoying working on it while I have the opportunity.

Composer

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