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ELISION in residence at Harvard


This week, ELISION Ensemble will be in residence at Harvard University, culminating on Saturday 17 May in a concert of new music by graduate composers at Harvard that will also include the US première of Richard Barrett’s Lens, for flugelhorn and electric lap-steel guitar.

Ensembles that undertake their work and perform with the integrity and intensity of ELISION are rare, so it will be an eye-opening experience having them here. My short experiment for them is for electric lap-steel guitar and a strange quintet of oboe, bass clarinet, contrabass clarinet, trumpet and trombone. Come along on Saturday to hear more!

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The Incredulity of St Thomas at Northwestern University

Pick Staiger Hall, Northwestern University — by Daderot (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

This weekend I am travelling to Chicago to take part in the NUNC! Conference at Northwestern University. There’s a full schedule of concerts, presentations, and masterclasses, including a performance of my piece The Incredulity of St Thomas by Ensemble Dal Niente. See the full schedule here.

Tomorrow I will build a house here… — first reading at Harvard

A darkened room

At 11:30 this Saturday morning at Harvard University, my duo for flute and cello, Tomorrow I will build a house here, if I can hold still, will be presented by Jessi Rosinski and David Russell of the Callithumpian Consort as part of my and fellow first-year PhD candidate Kai Polzhofer’s jury examination. Our pieces will be performed and discussed with faculty and peers. Despite its odd timing, the performance is open to the public and all are welcome!

Two Pietàs: Bouguereau & Streich

The most recent edition of the CeReNeM Journal, run by postgraduates at the University of Huddersfield, contains an article I wrote about the painter William-Adolphe Bouguereau and Swedish composer Lisa Streich, exploring the trope of the Pietà in their works. Thanks go to Pedro Alvarez for instigating the project and editing this volume, and to Tim Rutherford-Johnson for his eagle-eyed proof-reading.

Lisa’s music is wonderful, you should go listen to it, and as a small bonus if you are reading the article online, you can refer to this selective timeline of Bouguereau’s paintings, which I created as an aid to my research.

hand werk Incredulous in Harvard

HGNM Hand Werk Poster

On Saturday, 8 March, Cologne-based ensemble hand werk are giving the first of the Harvard Group for New Music’s concerts for the year. In a mammoth programme that includes works by my colleagues here Sivan Cohen-Elias, Marta Gentilucci, Justin Hoke, Tim McCormack, Manuela Meier, Marek Poliks, Ian Power, and Sabrina Schroeder, they will play my trio The Incredulity of St Thomas. Many thanks go to Heather Roche, Niklas Seidl, and Jonathan Hepfer for all their hard work and also to the HGNM team for making this happen.1

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  1. In past years on this day I have posted something to mark International Women’s Day. As I haven’t had time to put together anything this year, suffice it to say it’s a pleasure to be marking the day with a surprisingly balanced concert for once! 

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