Paul Newland

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 and performances include; things that happen again (again) (piano trio) a Music We’d Like to Hear commission funded by the RVW Trust premiered by Apartment House, Difference is everywhere(altered) for Quatuor Bozzini, locus performed by Jack Sheen, An assembly and Ensemble x.y, Difference is everywhere for the Elias String Quartet (Bracing Change – Wigmore Hall Trust New String commission), Angus MacPhee for Ilan Volkov and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra for Glasgow’s Tectonics Festival (BBC commission), and surface for London Symphony Orchestra’s Soundscape Pioneers series.  

Recent performances with exquisite corpse include: The Rag Factory ShhBoom, Greenwich Dance Agency, The Old Police Station Deptford, Crondell St. Underground Car Park Shoreditch Festival, The Book Club Spitalfields, Cakey Muto Experimental Music Night Hackney and The Place Theatre. 

He has collaborated on a number of dance works with choreographer Marina Collard including; “Many much, many much, too many”, “what this is, is…”, “shell suit” and “slow – locus18”

Many of his pieces have been written for ensemble [rout] including: readymade2, situation2, holywell, nicholas givotovsky, and husk

In 1999 he was awarded a Japanese government Monbusho scholarship and from ’99-’02 he studied in Japan with composer Jo Kondo. His other teachers have included Michael Finnissy, Anthony Gilbert and Simon Holt. 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 with guitarist David Arrowsmith. He currently teaches composition at Guildhall School of Music and Drama and TrinityLaban, London.

'unnervingly static...’ The Scotsman 

'brilliantly focused...a pulsing undulating topography that punctuates familiar chords and intervals with surprising gaps and silences...’ The Glasgow Herald 

curiously stark but also luscious’ Stephen Graham 

Sounds like ghosts. 
Or wind in the grass. 
Or breathing.
” Tim Parkinson 

Biography

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 and performances include; things that happen again (again) (piano trio) a Music We’d Like to Hear commission funded by the RVW Trust premiered by Apartment House, Difference is everywhere(altered) for Quatuor Bozzini, locus performed by Jack Sheen, An assembly and Ensemble x.y, Difference is everywhere for the Elias String Quartet (Bracing Change – Wigmore Hall Trust New String commission), Angus MacPhee for Ilan Volkov and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra for Glasgow’s Tectonics Festival (BBC commission), and surface for London Symphony Orchestra’s Soundscape Pioneers series.  

Recent performances with exquisite corpse include: The Rag Factory ShhBoom, Greenwich Dance Agency, The Old Police Station Deptford, Crondell St. Underground Car Park Shoreditch Festival, The Book Club Spitalfields, Cakey Muto Experimental Music Night Hackney and The Place Theatre. 

He has collaborated on a number of dance works with choreographer Marina Collard including; “Many much, many much, too many”, “what this is, is…”, “shell suit” and “slow – locus18”

Many of his pieces have been written for ensemble [rout] including: readymade2, situation2, holywell, nicholas givotovsky, and husk

In 1999 he was awarded a Japanese government Monbusho scholarship and from ’99-’02 he studied in Japan with composer Jo Kondo. His other teachers have included Michael Finnissy, Anthony Gilbert and Simon Holt. 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 with guitarist David Arrowsmith. He currently teaches composition at Guildhall School of Music and Drama and TrinityLaban, London.

'unnervingly static...’ The Scotsman 

'brilliantly focused...a pulsing undulating topography that punctuates familiar chords and intervals with surprising gaps and silences...’ The Glasgow Herald 

curiously stark but also luscious’ Stephen Graham 

Sounds like ghosts. 
Or wind in the grass. 
Or breathing.
” Tim Parkinson 

Compilations with this composer

Compilations
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Digital Discoveries 1: Can't.Remember.How.It.Starts. cover

Digital Discoveries 1: Can't.Remember.How.It.Starts.

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Digital Discoveries 7: Standing Jump cover

Digital Discoveries 7: Standing Jump

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Drempel - Noszferatu cover

Drempel - Noszferatu

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