— Richard Craig

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The teaching year at Bangor University has now come to a close, with some superb performances from the students. There are still opportunities to study performance at Undergraduate and Post-Graduate at the University. Any enquiries regarding funded PhD places, please contact me here for further information.

In the months ahead there are several exciting projects. I will be making a visit to Perm, Russia, with the SMASH ensemble, performing works by Russian and Basque composers, and later in October I will be in the US (Boston and New York) working with Steve Takasugi on a version of The Flypaper. In November I will have a two day residency in Huddersfield University to talk about my own work, give a seminar and a concert (notably of David Pocknee’s new work/installation for flute, video, and live video). November also sees me making a trip to Aberdeen, performing at the SOUND festival,  giving the UK premiere of Gérard Pape’s Two Electro-Acoustic Songs with the stellar Juliet Fraser. The concert will include a newly commissioned work by Patricia Alessandrini for voice, flute and live electronics.

Over the past months I have been working on a paper for Musicology Research about my experiences with Evan Johnson’s solo bass flute piece émoi and, at long last, the final recordings from my new solo disc will soon be in the hands of Métier. Thanks to contributions from Distractfold alongside John Croft‘s expertise as sound engineer, the disc will be available early 2017.

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In January 2016 will be one of the invited artists to the ESTALAGEM residency for musicians and sound artists. Alongside Patricia Alessandrini, Gilbert Nouno, Karin Hellqvist and Katherine Betteridge, we will be presenting and performing work-in-progress as well as established repertoire, alongside invited artists.

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Bangor

 

I am delighted to announce that as of September this year I am Head of Performance at Bangor University, Wales. Bangor has one of the most diverse and active performance departments in the UK, and offers specialisms in the performance of both classical and contemporary music, as well as composition. More information regarding the courses can be found here and further information for international students can be found here. Those wishing to study with me directly, please get in touch via the link above.

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Autumn begins in Berlin where I will be performing Stockhausen’s Michaels Reise um die Erde with the incredible MusikFabrik. Shortly after this I will be in the US for a time, where I will be giving two concerts in Spectrum, New York. The first of these being on the 25th of October – a dual portrait concert of Ann Cleare and Tim McCormack – featuring a premiere of a new work for bass flute by Ann. The second is my NY debut solo concert which will include émoi by Evan Johnson, vale by Richard Barrett, Unity Capsule by Brian Ferneyhough and Kristian Ireland‘s luminous for solo alto flute. (Those of you in that neck of the woods who would like to come along are advised to get in there early as it is a busy venue!)

Whilst in the USA I will be teaching alongside Erin Lesser of Lawrence University, Wisconsin. My residency involves a flute masterclass and lecture on working with electronics alongside the composer David Revill. As part of the visit we will give a performance of Stockhausen’s SOLO using David’s ingenious reworking of the old electronics schematic, as well as an exciting new work by David for flute and live electronics, to be premiered on the 1st of November in the University’s new music series. To top it all off, I will be working with Ian Power on a concert in Baltimore – more information to follow about that.

Later this year I will be at the Orpheus Instituut, Belgium, giving a paper at the International Conference on Deleuze and Artistic Research, talking about my work on Brian Ferneyhough’s Unity Capsule and then I will jump back across the Channel to play with Ensemble Grizzana at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, performing Jürg Frey’s music which was released on a double disc this year by Another Timbre. For the last concert of the year I will be with the Spanish super group  SMASH in San Sebastian performing new works by John Croft, Marco Stroppa and José-Luis Torá.

As for new projects, I hope to have some news regarding the release date of my new recital disc shortly, as well as some developments on a series of Etudes for flute that I am commissioning.

 

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I am pleased to announce that the Jürg Frey portrait disc which I was involved in is now on general release from Another Timbre. The disc was recorded by Ensemble Grizzana consists of Jürg Frey (clarinet), Mira Benjamin (violin), Emma Richards (viola), Philip Thomas (piano), Seth Woods (cello) Ryoko Akama (electronics) and is alongside some other fantastic releases on the Another Timbre label. Extracts can be found here.

 

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Over the past months I have been making recordings that will be featured on a new disc for the métier label, to be released sometime this year. Some of themes I have in mind revolve around linearity in music – my other disc inward was influenced by creating texture and an acoustic layering that can be achieved with one instrument. With the new disc I am returning to a more restrained and focussed way of playing. It felt apt to attempt to create an antithesis or response to inward in the more recent recordings, and yet to join both discs as a kind of bi-partite project which covers the past 10 years of my playing career. Creative Scotland are supporting the new disc and it will feature new works by Richard Barrett, John Croft, Fabrice Fitch, Esaias Järnegard and Evan Johnson. Soundcloud clips can be found here. Since being awarded a Creative Scotland Artist Bursary, I am also working on new projects involving composition/film and performance. More will be revealed later in 2015. Forthcoming concerts include SonADA in Aberdeen, Glasgow University and a trip later in the year to the US to perform Stockhausen, and a new solo work by David Revill.

 

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The Grizzana ensemble recorded the ensemble works of Jürg Frey with the label Another Timbre this November, and a double disc of our playing will be available next year. Hopefully more performances will appear in the coming months, and of course the discs, which will be in good company alongside Another Timbre’s recent release of Feldman works.  Shortly after this I was off to Spain for the second performance of the triptych anticommeDia by José Luis Torá.  The SMASH ensemble performed the series in Palma de Mallorca as part of the  XXXV Encontre Internacional de Compositors.  des Lallens) que plor e vau cantan (die Blüte for contrabass flute and soprano (Carola Schleuter) is inspired by Purgatory, the second instalment of the Divine Comedy by Dante, and written for both Carola and I. Later in November I have an appearance in Cora Schmeiser‘s concert at Brunel University, and the premiere of Ann Cleare‘s new work for contrabass flute and ensemble with the SWR Experimental Studio.

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Angela Guyton captured three videos of my performance at the Noise Upstairs in Manchester
The performance featured my experiments into feedback and takes up from where the disc Amp/Al
left off. More of these can be found here alongside my own video work.

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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.

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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 BarrettJohn CroftFabrice FitchEsaias 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.

 

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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 SMASHAmp/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

Photograph©Alex Craig

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