Composed for my 11-piece band Article XI and performed at LUME Fest in June 2016.
Always A Fox (all parts)
Always A Fox – Example Structures
The idea with this piece is to rehearse each section in a couple of different ways, maybe with different groups within the ensemble, and then to improvise your way through a structure that is written just before performance. The thinking being to ensure it’s fresh for each performance, and to avoid the ensemble learning a particular set way of navigating the material. This is me exploring an idea from Ken Vandermark’s Resonance Ensemble, according to the liner notes of Kafka In Flight (which is a great album and you should buy it!).
Live recording of the first performance, complete with some cueing mistakes on my part…
And the title; in honour of Leicester City’s premier league title win in 2016 (or rather, the way that everyone suddenly seemed to be a Leicester City fan).
Here’s the score for my ‘Winter 16′. Composed for the Vonnegut Collective and performed in January 2016 at the New Music Northwest Festival.
For improvising soloist with ensemble of any size. Although, I think trio might be the smallest it would work for, and I envisaged 5-10.
Winter 16 A4 Concert
Winter 16 A3 all parts
The piece formed part of an hour long concert, the theme of which was responses to Cornelius Cardew’s ‘Autumn 60′. Composers Cath Roberts and Tullis Rennie also contributed pieces and the three of us performed them and a load of improvising with the Vonnegut Collective‘s Gemma Bass and Gary Farr. A lot of fun was had by all.
Here’s a live version with a different ensemble, with Andrew Lisle on drums in the role of soloist/conductor.
If anyone fancies playing it, let me know, I’d love to hear it!