Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Classical guitar pieces

Just before Christmas I completed composing a set of five short pieces for solo classical guitar commissioned by Australian guitarist Timothy Kain. A performance will happen in due course but in the meantime this is my computer playing them with the Sibelius program driving a classical guitar sample. It gives a reasonable idea. The set is called Five Bagatelles

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Violin concerto

My violin concerto Debekuth was commissioned by the leader of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra Dene Olding some years ago and was recorded with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra for broadcast. It has never been publicly performed or recorded for disk but now I would like to try and remedy that. In the meantime, you can hear it here.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

What's on the plate at the New Year

Have hit the ground running at the start of 2010.

Right before Christmas I finished composing a commissioned solo work for classical guitarist Timothy Kain and after Christmas composed a short solo piano piece written - as required - in a single day in response to a call for submissions by Sydney's 2010 Aurora Festival of new music.

The Resurgence Band swings into action next week with a recording of a brand new tune for ABC Jazz, the new ABC jazz digital radio station and online platform (I'm also recording some solo piano improvisations in those sessions). Then in early February the band will be featured in Sydney's inaugural Walsh Bay Jazz Festival and later in the month at Sydney's new 6-night-a-week jazz venue 505.

Also in February I am doing the premiere recording of my flute Sonatine, plus the Dutilleux Flute Sonatine and the Poulenc Flute Sonata with flautist Melissa Doecke for ABC Classic FM.

March sees the premiere of my String Sextet in the first subscription concert for the year by the Australia Ensemble and in April the long-awaited premiere of my guitar quartet Autumnal Dances by Guitar Trek (originally written for Saffire in 2003) in a live national broadcast from Canberra on Sunday Live, ABC Classic FM.