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.
If anyone fancies playing it, let me know, I’d love to hear it!
Written during my composition masters. This is the start of me trying to build more freedom into large ensemble writing, but, here at least, still starting from a more “traditional” starting point of a melody and harmony. There’s some effects in this I really enjoy, and I think both Ben and Graham’s solos are particularly awesome in this recording. Oh, and the title came from the news that surface-to-air missiles were installed on residential towerblocks during the London Olympics. Who know whether the music accurately reflects my feelings on the subject, but just for clarity, I thought that was a bad thing.
Recorded on 23rd August 2012 at Salford University, by me.
Drums – Johnny Hunter
Bass – Dave Tompkins
Guitar – Anton Hunter
Alto Sax – Kyran Matthews
Tenor Sax – Sam Andreae
Baritone Sax – Ben Watte (solo)
Trumpet – Graham South (solo)
Trumpet – Lucian Amos
Trombone – Ed Horsey
Bass Trombone – Paul Strachan
Download the Surface To Air Score.
If you want to perform it (not that I would be so bold as to assume you might, but just in case), feel free to contact me and I can e-mail you the parts.
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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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.
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
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