The start of March saw two concerts in Manchester and Cardiff with Norwegian Percussionists ‘The Pinquins’ (www.pinquins.no). This was exciting because it was the first time the group had performed in the UK, and also because I had three pieces premiered at the concerts. ‘East of the Sun and West of the Moon’ is a folktale known throughout Scandinavia. I wrote a brief outline of my aims for the piece:
“Setting this Norwegian folktale I wanted to use the structure and imagery of the tale to give a sense of the main character’s journey. It was my intention to highlight the sexism common to many folktales of the past, and use it for dramatic effect within the work. I recorded the tale in English, Welsh and Norwegian and then worked out where these sounds would work best within the piece. I also used sounds gathered on my last trip to Iceland. At its simplest level it is a story about finding love. At its most complex it is about the importance of questioning your relationship to the world and asking difficult questions. To this effect I wanted to guide the audience through the work with textual cues, leaving space in the music and electronics to create the images in their own imagination.”
There are a few pictures from the concerts below, and if you click anywhere on them you should be taken to a recording of this piece on soundcloud. Or alternatively, follow the link on the ‘Music’ tab above.
The Pinquins, (left to right) Ane Marthe Sørlien Holen, Sigrun Rogstad Gomnæs and Johanne Byhring are pictured in the first image below. Two students pictured further down, Diogo Gomes and Hikaru Nakanishi from the RWCMD also premiered my piece ‘Cloc ar y dŵr’ (a setting of Menna Elfyn’s poetry), at the Cardiff concert.
I am very excited to be able to start the publicity for my upcoming concert with The Pinquins! They will be performing in Manchester on the 3rd of March, and Cardiff on the 5th of March this year. I have been collaborating with the trio writing a piece for electroacoustics and percussion, inspired by the Norwegian folk tale ‘East of the Sun and West of the Moon’. I have also been collaborating with brilliant Welsh writer Rachel Trezise, using her newly-commissioned short story ‘Good Friday’ as the basis for a piece for solo vibraphone and electroacoustics. We are also lucky enough to have Rachel join us for the concert and recite her work. As well as these two pieces, there is a third premiere in the form of a piece inspired by Menna Elfyn’s beautiful poem ‘Cloc ar y dŵr’. The Pinquins will also be performing a selection of their favourite contemporary pieces for percussion – so make sure you get your ticket soon! http://bit.ly/15g7gyb Click on the link to be taken to the ticket-purchase website.
I have just returned from a productive trip to Norway, workshopping and recording samples for my new piece ‘East Of The Sun And West Of The Moon’. This piece will be premiered by Norwegian percussion group ‘The Pinquins’ in an upcoming concert in March next year – more details to follow. I will be announcing details of another exciting collaboration planned for this concert very soon!
I have recently returned from Oslo, working with the Pinquins percussion trio. We spent our time working out instrumentation for my new piece ‘East of the Sun and West of the Moon’. The piece will be developed around a Norwegian folk tale of the same title. The Pinquins’ workshop was a treasure chest of percussive toys, including a really cool ‘Waldteufel’ and a set of tuned goblets (top, above). We also experimented with synchronising hits from coins being thrown onto a snare drum. This action will have metaphorical significance in the piece, so keep updated for how all these strands will be worked together! The Pinquins were fantastic company and I am very excited about the piece we will create together.
I am very excited to get the opportunity to travel to Norway to work with the percussion trio ‘The Pinquins’. We will be working on a piece taking influence from the Norwegian folk tale ‘East of the Sun and West of the Moon’. This exchange will be part of a wider set of connections facilitated through Curated Place. I would like to try and incorporate some of the recordings I made in Iceland last year into the electronic sections of this piece. I will also be working with the trio to incorporate some of their more experimental ensemble work. If you click on the picture you can visit their website to check out their latest concert recordings.