Multi Instrument Score – ‘Burrowed’

About the piece:

Originally written for myself and Sam Andreae to perform, and features on the HAQ album ‘Walking Walking Falling’. Since then I’ve performed the piece with guitar, cello, flugelhorn and clarinet (with the 265 Quartet), as well as arranging it for saxophone quartet, and it various other duos. I was inspired by reading about William Burroughs’ cut-ups method of writing, and started thinking about how that could relate to my music. In theory there are many different combinations of how to play this piece (25,396,560 to be precise) but some sound better than others. On this version here we play 1-2-3-4-5-6-7 for the melody and improvisations, and then 7-6-5-4-3-2-1 for the reprise of the melody.

Download the score in four different versions, so you can mix and match your instruments as you see fit.

C score Bb score Eb score Bass clef C score

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Saxophone Quartet – ‘TRS-Q’

I’m tentatively putting some scores on here for people to use as they see fit.  I’m going to start with a saxophone quartet piece, as it is the first thing I’ve written to be performed in my absence.

    About the piece:

Alto/Tenor/Tenor/Baritone piece, written during my MA Composition at Salford University. As with most of my composing, there’s a great deal of freedom for the individual players, making it a rarity in saxophone quartet music. It was inspired by my good friends Trio Riot, and has been performed by the esteemed Madwort Saxophone Quartet, and a version of it made it onto my trio album, but here is the original recording, performed by Sam Healey – alto sax, Simon Prince – tenor sax, Anthony Brown – tenor sax, Ben Watte – baritone sax. (Recorded Jan 6th 2012 at Salford Uni).


Download the concert score here

If there are any other of my tunes you would be interested in seeing the scores for, please do get in touch, or leave a comment below. Please let me know how you get on if you try playing it.

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Oslo + Stavanger

Last week I got to visit Oslo for the first time, thanks to Oslo Jazz Festival and Fiona Talkington bringing Beats & Pieces back together with Norwegian band Ensemble Denada.  We were very lucky to have the chance to work together for three days, building on our London Jazz Festival gig from November to put together a show that I think worked even better this time, with more integration (for example, my ‘Jazzwalk’ became a duel with Jens Thoresen – he won).  The next day I was able to catch a fantastic lineup at the Blowout! festival, held at Cafe Mir and featuring Trio Riot’s Mette Rasmussen and a whole host of other phenomenal players.  Bizarrely enough I ran into improv-photo-journalist extraordinaire Andrew Newcombe, so he’ll have some better photos on his site soon no doubt.

After that I travelled to Stavanger to catch up with saxophonist Inge Breistein and further our “Hunted By Weather” duo.  I arrived on the Friday and was fortunate enough for his landlord to offer a lift to a small festival about 50 mins drive along the coast.  Great vibe, a wide mix of music, free home-brewed beer on tap and stunning views.  Over the weekend we hung out, caught up, played a bit, and talked about synthesisers a lot.