— Richard Craig

 

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The Summer period brings the release of new recordings and concerts in Sweden, Spain and London. VALE (2011 – 2017) has been an ongoing project for some years now, and finally ready for release on the métier label. The disc contains world premiere recordings of Barrett, Croft, Pauset, Johnson, Fitch and Järnegard, performed by myself, Distractfold and the soprano Cora Schmeiser. The release date is provisionally the Summer of this year.  Another work which stems from this period is Kristian Ireland’s luminous for solo alto flute. I have performed luminous several times now, and as of April, recorded the work for a release in the near future. I will be performing luminous alongside Ann Cleare’s eyam iii (if it’s living somewhere outside of you) at the Kalv festival, Sweden in August.

In July I will be joining Bertrand Chavarría- Aldrete, Éric-Maria Couturier and Carola Schlueter for the VIPA in Valencia, Spain. And, in August I will be working with Distractfold and Diego Castro Magas, performing new works by John Croft Seirēnes in the Warehouse, London

 

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My performance alongside Carol McGonnell of Ann Cleare’s Eyam V (woven) was broadcast on RTÉ Nova on the 26th of March. A link to the programme can be found here

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February and March brings some new repertoire and appearances at concerts in the UK and Ireland.
This will be my first appearance at the Bangor Music Festival/ElectroacousticCYMRU with the soloist Juliet Fraser where I will be performing Gérard Pape’s Two Electro-Acoustic Songs as well as Patricia Alessandrini’s Esquisse d’apres Artaud,  John Croft’s Intermedio I for solo bass flute and electronics and a work by a Bangor University colleague, Jesse Ronneau. There will also be a world-premiere of  a newly commissioned piece by Gareth Hughes too in the programme. Earlier that same week I will be in Ireland working with the RTÉ orchestra performing Ann Cleare‘s eyam v for contrabass flute, contrabass clarinet and orchestra. Finally, in March I will be at Liverpool University’s Open Circuit Festival. I am collaborating with Matt Fairclough and students at the university to develop new pieces, which will be premiered in a concert on the 27th of March. Repertoire includes an adaptation of Steve Takasugi‘s The Flypaper, as well as works by Ronneau, Croft and Luc Ferrari.

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I performed in the first Alba Contemporary Music Festival alongside Diego Castro Magas
and Peyee Chen. Held over two nights in Scotland’s capital, the festival received stellar reviews in the Scotsman and on the well known new music blog 5against4. Some choice quotes:

“Richard Craig became a spellcaster, the flute his wand, each of Dillon’s unutterably gorgeous phrases seemingly spiralling out from the instrument to form elaborate reverberant shapes throughout the cathedral. Arresting, affecting, and so, so gorgeous. Definitely a performance and a concert that will stay in the memory for many years to come.”

10/10/16 – 5against4.com

“Uncompromising, sometimes maddening, frequently impenetrable, it also provided some breathtakingly virtuosic performances of bristlingly individual music that rarely gets an airing north of the border.”

10/10/16 – David Kettle – The Scotsman

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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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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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