The independence movement in Scotland has provided a window of opportunity to create a vision of a society that challenges the current political system in its economical, environmental and moral responsibilities. Regardless of the result of the referendum, we all want a fairer society and need artists to provoke and sustain the debate now more than ever. The National Collective has initiated artists into the political debate since 2011 as a means to articulate the momentum of thought within artistic communities – this link is a letter for independence signed by 1,300 Scottish Artists from all disciplines that believe in the benefits of a progressive society and the place of contemporary art within this.Read More
A review of my CD Amp/Al appeared on the website 5against4. It described my first foray into my own pieces and improvisation as ”passing through episodes of ferocious confidence & unexpected reticence” and noted Rodrigo Constanzo’s contribution also. There are several other interesting articles on the website too which are well worth the read. To continue the performer/composer theme, I’ll be performing at the Noise Upstairs, Manchester on the 10th of April performing new work.
In 2014 there are two recording projects to look forward to. inward, my first disc with Métier, was originally intended to be single project, but since its release in 2011 I’ve decided to take up some of the threads left from the first encounter and incorporate them into my new disc. The repertoire will include new works by Richard Barrett, John Croft, Fabrice Fitch, Esaias Järnegard and Evan Johnson, among others. Alongside this, the label Another Timbre will be recording works by Jürgen Frey which I am involved in. Finally, I’ll be returning to the Experimentalstudio in Freiburg at the end of the year to premiere Ann Cleare‘s new work for contrabass flute and ensemble at the ZKM Karlsruhe.
2014 has premieres of new work by Ben Issacs, John Croft, Kristian Ireland and Richard Barrett in solo concerts in Edinburgh University, London City University as well as alongside the ensemble Distractfold in their concert season which spans from their Manchester hub to Poland and also France this coming year. The group have also been invited to join the young ensembles program at the 47th International Music Courses in Darmstadt in 2014. A glut of live recordings have been just been released from various promoters, in particular my performance of ORDER by Esaias Järnegard with Pontus Langendorf at the 2013 Gaudeamus Week – you can experience this along with the score (!) here, and Dominik Karski’s Pre-Seed with SMASH. Amp/Al has been played on P2 (Swedish Radio) and 2014 also sees me taking my experiments to the Noise Upstairs improvisation sessions in Manchester. An interview with me ahead of the sound festival appeared in the Glasgow Herald, thanks to Kate Molleson
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A recent concert at the New Music North West festival saw the return of ialreadyforgotyourpussy.com to a full hall in the John Thaw Theatre, Manchester. The work was composed by Rodrigo Constanzo and features on my new disc, Amp/Al. The film was made by Angela Guyton.
Distractfold also performed the UK premiere of Mauricio Pauly’s Otra máquina célibe as part of the New Music North West festival in Manchester.
CDS – CONCERTS and PREMIERES
The winter season started with my release of Amp/Al – the collaborative efforts of artists Angela Guyton and composer Rodrigo Constanzo. The reactions to the disc so far range from ‘wild’ to ‘revelatory’! Being a departure from the terrain of contemporary classical flute and involving amplification>feedback making the disc has spurred on several other projects and ideas. There is a new review of the earlier disc inward which has appeared in the Swedish magazine Nutida Musik. A translation will follow.
A brief stop to Utrecht to perform in the Gaudeamus festival happened in September. ORDER, The flute and percussion duo by Esaias Järnegard was selected for the composers prize and I was performing alongside with the stellar percussionist Pontus Langendorf . The premiere of Pre-Seed by Domink Karski took place in San Sebastiàn on the 3rd of October and a second performance in Salamanca. Commissioned in 2009, the work focuses around solo flute/s and small ensemble. A performance was finally realised thanks to the Smash Ensemble. Several trains, planes and hours later, the tour later continued performing alongside guitarist Bertrand Chavarria-Aldrete performing works by Brice Pauset, Inaki Estrada, Takemitsu and Ferneyhough in the music academies of Krakow and Gdansk. A return to Smash is planned for December, in San Sebastián.
Winter holds several performances, starting with an appearance at the LiveWire festival at the UMBC in Baltimore, USA, giving classes and performing some of my own works as well as James Dillon, Brice Pauset and longtime collaborator Evan Johnson‘s émoi. Distractfold, have programmed a volley of concerts including a performance of Lotuses by Jonathan Harvey and a premiere of a new work based upon the Agricola solo flute work by Fabrice Fitch. Another exciting addition to the repertoire is Kristian Ireland‘s new work for alto flute and amplification.
My connections to the sound festival in Scotland continue with the summation of an Arts and Science collaboration and a concert in Aberdeen Art Gallery. An engagement in Glasgow Universities concert series also sees the premiere of a new work for chamber ensemble by Halfidi Hallgrimson.Read More
My experiments with various flutes and amplifiers with volume pedal are finally ready for release. The limited edition disc with specially designed art work will be available here after the 28th of August, as well as a download.
AMP/Al are a series of works that thrive on the constraints of the equipment and the potential of feedback within, across and through the instrument. The disc also contains a new work by Rodrigo Constanzo for feedback snare drum with feedback flute. Thanks to collaborators Rodrigo Constanzo and Angela Guyton who contributed enormously to both the cover art of the disc and the music herein.
The disc was released as part of a Distractfold concert in the IABF on the 29th of August.Read More
The premiere of Malédictions d’une furie was held in the Turner Gallery, Margate, on the 10th of May as part of the Sounds New Festival. Musicians: Lore Lixenberg as the Furie, Richard Craig (bass and contrabass flute), Robin Michael (Cello), Simon Limbrick (Percussion) and Carl Faia (electronics) and Video by Richard Craig. Live footage and recordings can be found here.
“..In a compelling 45 minutes, Lore Lixenberg recreated virtuoso gasps, arching melismas and vocalisation in the company of the haunting whispering and wailing of Richard Craig’s bass and contrabass flutes..”
Hilary Finch – The Times 13/05/12Read More
[Unity Capsule] “Craig instills the piece – so often caricatured as a Sisyphean struggle against an unyielding notation – with fearsome confidence, swagger even. Thirty-five years on its challenges may have been parried, absorbed, reflected and dispersed anew, but it speaks now with a commanding and often beautiful authority.” Tim Rutherford-Johnson The Rambler.
(Cover image courtesy of Howard Lynk)