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A more readable version of the discussion around Johannes Kreidler’s protest at Donaueschingen

At the end of October, sparked by a post by Ian Pace, a heated debate took place on Facebook around the protest action of Johannes Kreidler against the fusion of the radio orchestras at Baden-Baden/Freiburg and Stuttgart, which Kreidler performed at this year’s Donaueschingen Festival. Having consulted the contributors, Pace subsequently posted the full discussion on his blog, a positive move, which reinforces the idea that social media may be becoming a valid arena for public debate.

I found both clicking through the posts on Facebook and reading through the discussion on Ian’s blog somewhat tiring and visually confusing, so put together a formatted PDF of the discussion to ease my reading. I thought this may prove useful to others, so here it is to distribute as anyone sees fit.

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Update, 30/11: The Gesellschaft für Neue Musik, the organisation which commissioned Johannes Kreidler’s performance, have released a statement regarding this discussion, which you can read over on Ian Pace’s blog.

Hear: The Incredulity of St Thomas

In August, Talea Ensemble gave the first performance of The Incredulity of St Thomas, for bass clarinettist, cellist and percussionist, as part of the Harvard Summer Composition Institute. You can now stream or download their performance above. Many thanks to Rane, Chris, Alex and conductor Eduardo Leandro for their work on the piece, and to everyone else involved in those fantastic two weeks.

Talking to France Musique

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You can hear a short interview with me and some extracts of my music this Monday evening on France Musique’s Les lundis de la contemporaine broadcast. The interview took place a couple of weeks ago during my stay at Fondation Royaumont and for those of you who speak French, you can enjoy me stumbling into linguistic traps of accidental irreverence such as addressing interviewer Pierre Rigaudière with ‘tu’ rather than ‘vous’.

The magazine programme begins at 21:30 CET, following a broadcast of music by Philippe Manoury, Jonathan Harvey and Arnold Schönberg performed by the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra, and will be available to hear online until 7 November.

All the time that you have at Royaumont

The view over the front lawns at Fondation Royaumont

A new work for female voice and two violins, All the time that you have what we have. / All the time that you have., will be premièred on Saturday 22 September in a concert concluding the three-week ‘Voix nouvelles’ programme at Fondation Royaumont, an ex-abbey, which forms the idyllic setting for a cultural centre in the French countryside. Soprano Marie Picaut will perform alongside violinists YunPeng Zhao and Guillaume Latour of Quatuor Diotima.

During my time here I have been participating in classes with Raphaël Cendo, Brian Ferneyhough and Alberto Posadas while completing the score for this trio. The concerts will also include music by fellow composers Francisco Alvarado, Samantha Fernando, Piaras Hoban, Wei-Chieh Lin, Eric Maestri, Joan Magrane Figuera, Julien Malaussena, Efstratios Minakakis, Sukju Na, Chun Ting Pang, Josep Planells Schiaffino, Naoki Sakata, Benjamin Scheuer and Adi Snir.

The Incredulity of St Thomas at Harvard

Caravaggio — The Incredulity of St Thomas

Tonight, Rane Moore (bass clarinet), Chris Gross (cello) and Alex Lipowski (percussion) of Talea Ensemble with conductor Eduardo Leandro will give the first performance of my new trio The Incredulity of St Thomas at Harvard University’s John Knowles Paine Concert Hall. Also on the programme are new works by fellow composers at the Harvard Summer Composition Institute Clara IannottaRay Evanoff, Thatchatham Silsupan, Carolyn Chen and Sanzhar Baiterekov. A second concert follows on Sunday, featuring music by Ran Duan, Brian Griffeath-Loeb, Justin Hoke, Mauricio Pauly, Robert Phillips and Katherine Young. Both concerts are free and are complemented in the afternoon by discussions of various topics from 12:30pm in the Music Department.

The past two weeks have been an intensely valuable experience — from the discussion in the anachronistic surroundings of Concord’s Colonial Inn last week to the seminars at Harvard Music Department this week. The hard work of Chaya Czernowin, Hans Tutschku, Steven Takasugi and Michelle Lou in making us welcome and organising the finest of details to create a warm and trusting environment of exchange is quite frankly inspirational.

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