Paul Newland is a composer and performer with interests in acoustic, collaborative, interdisciplinary (particularly dance) and site-specific work that invites close listening to sound through patterning, extended duration, amplification and slowing of often sparse, pared down materials making use of both traditionally notated and open scores. The work draws on ideas and practices derived from both Japanese culture and contemporary visual arts. Recent commissions include surface for London Symphony Orchestra’s Soundscape Pioneers series, monotonous forest and time quivers for ensemble Radius, husk and nicholas givotovsky for ensemble [rout], spiel for exqUIsite corPse, and common wealth for Nutshell Dance Co., created for the derelict Commonwealth Institute building on Kensington High Street.
In 1999 he was awarded a Japanese government Monbusho scholarship and from ’99-’02 he studied in Japan with composer Jo Kondo. His work is available on NMC and Divine Art. He is a recipient of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for Composition. He is a founding member of ensemble [rout] and the electric guitar duo exqUIsite corPse. He is Professor of Composition at Guildhall School of Music and Drama and TrinityLaban, London and a Lecturer at Oxford Brookes University. He is currently working on a new piece for Japanese composer/performer Ryusuke Koarashi.