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Debut Discs 2 Composer Focus: Joanna Bailie
12 March 2018

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Get to know our new Debut Discs composers with our series of blogs. Over the next four weeks, find out more about each of them and their forthcoming Debut Disc. 

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Joanna BailieJoanna Bailie talks about her Debut Disc: ‘The opportunity to have my own Debut Disc is quite significant for me. Although my music has been widely commissioned and performed throughout Europe, only a few of my works are available on CD, and I possess unsatisfactory concert recordings of others. The pieces on my first album will showcase a particular period of my output as a composer when I began mixing field recordings and other found audio material alongside partial transcriptions for instruments derived from these recordings. Symphony-street-souvenir, Trains, Artificial Environments Nos.1-5 and No.8 represent a cohesive body of chamber work exploring the location of musicality in the auditory world we live in, and the possible job of the composer to squeeze this sound out of its original context and shape it into a new one. The release will be doubly important for me since it will be recorded by a group of musicians I am very happy to be associated with: Ensemble Plus-Minus, the group I have been running with Matthew Shlomowitz since 2003.’

 

About Joanna Bailie

Joanna Bailie was born in London in 1973 and now lives in Berlin. She studied composition with Richard Barrett, electronic music at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in Holland  and has recently completed her PhD at City, University of London. Her work includes pieces for chamber ensemble, orchestra and installation, and is characterized by its interest in recorded media and the interplay between the audio and visual. Her music has been performed by groups such as Ensemble Musikfabrik, L'instant Donné, EXAUDI, Ensemble Mosaik, Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, Asamisimasa, The London Sinfonietta, The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the SWR Vokalensemble and the Ives Ensemble. She has been programmed at events such as the Donaueschinger Musiktage, Venice Biennale, Huddersfield, SPOR Festival, MaerzMusik, Eclat Festival, Darmstadt, the Borealis and Ultima festivals in Norway and the Transit festival in Belgium. She has taught composition at City, University London, The Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus and at the 2014 edition of the Darmstadt Summer Courses. Joanna is also active as a curator, running Ensemble Plus-Minus together with composer Matthew Shlomowitz, and acting as the guest programmer at the 2010 SPOR Festival in Denmark, as well as at the 2015 edition of the BBC Radio 3 Cut and Splice Festival. In 2016 she was a guest of the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin-program.

 

Find out more about Joanna on her website. Joanna Bailie's Debut Disc is due for release in 2019.

 

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