It's been a great opportunity to take part in the workshops with the London Sinfonietta organised by Sound and Music. It is quite hard to organise the performance of a large ensemble piece, so I am very happy to have been chosen to write for the London Sinfonietta. I enjoyed writing for the ensemble along with the tuba and the mezzo-soprano. I tried to explore my idea of the particular sound world of each instrument. While writing the piece, I learned a lot about instrumentations, mapping structures, modulation of chord progressions, and some techniques from my mentor Richard Rijnvos. It was interesting to meet other composers that all have different musical approaches as well. On top of all the advantages of this project, I am very pleased to have a brilliant quality recording of my work on NMC.
The initial plan changed a bit. Revising the score for another ensemble (the work is being performed by Sounds of the Engine House at hcmf//) is something that I didn't expect at the beginning. Creating the new piece required a lot of inspiration, new ideas and tips on the new techniques. I would have loved more opportunity for discussion and individual try-out time with soloists in between the workshops as I think my piece could have been much stronger as a result.
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KAIROI is available on the Next Wave album featuring all 12 new works from the Next Wave composers.
1. Weiwei Jin: Sterna Paradisaea, Returning
2. Maya Verlaak: All Verlaak's Music is Alouette
3. Eugene Birman: The winter desert of my silences
4. Edwin Hillier: hibeh
5. Ji Sun Yang: KAIROI
6. Georgia Rodgers: partial filter
7. Ben Gaunt: Filling Rubin's Vase
8. Michael Cutting: I AM A STRANGE LOOP III
9. Oliver Christophe Leith: hand coloured
10. Barnaby Hollington: Velvet Revolution
11. Paul McGuire: Panels
12. Ryan Latimer: Moby Dick
Artists: Loré Lixenberg, Sarah Nicolls, Oren Marshall, Sound Intermedia, London Sinfonietta, Garry Walker
Download the album here.