for a mixed chamber ensemble of 10 players
Ancient calendars were all based on lunar cycles, and in the Celtic world, the year began on the sixth day after the first new moon following the Vernal Equinox. Each month was divided into two fortnightly periods, known as Anagan and Antenoux.
Instrumentation: fl.cl(=bcl).trbn.electric gtr.bass gtr.perc(1): vib/small SD/congas/kick drum/BD/tam-t pno.vln.vla.vlc
for strings, bass clarinet, cimbalom and harmonium
Three violin groups: Hardanger and Shetland fiddlers and classical players, together with a ‘bass group’ of bass clarinet, viola, cello and double bass, and a continuo part for the cimbalom.
Instrumentation: bcl - cimbalom - harmonium - strings (classical violins.Hardanger fiddles.Shetland fiddles.vla.vlc.db)Full Details...
for 11 players
spine begins in darkness as the first cells of musical material begin to develop as very soft sounds. Then follows a ‘hardening’ of the sound world when the first of many dances for harp cimbalom disturbs the opening.
Instrumentation: 2afl.2bfl.4bcl (I=Bb cl) - cimbalom - bass mar - harp
- Falling Angel
for chamber ensemble of 17 players
The starting point for this piece was the painting ‘Falling Angel’ by the German artist Anselm Kiefer.
Instrumentation: 1(=afl & picc).1(=ca).1(=bcl).1Eb(=bcl).1(=cbsn) - 2.2(1 & 2 = fl.hn).0.0 - 2 perc (see score for details) - electric keyboard on harpsichord setting (= prepared piano: paper placed between strings and hammers) - strings (220.127.116.11.1)
Soloists & Ensemble
concerto for piano and 10 players
“The gait of power is for running at night, and it is completely safe. This is the night! And it is power! At night the world is different.”
Instrumentation: Solo Piano - afl(=fl).ca(=ob).bcl - hn - perc(1): mar/SD/BD/5 temple blocks/4 tom-t/floor tom/tam-t - harp - vln.vla.vcl.db
for soprano saxophone and chamber ensemble of 15 players
The role of the soloist in ‘Iris’ is like that of a shaman, or ‘one who walks between the worlds’. A shaman must travel through ‘lower and ‘higher’ realms of subconscious reality in order to perform his or her work.
Instrumentation: Solo Soprano Saxophone - 18.104.22.168 - 22.214.171.124 - perc(1): 2 large log drums/BD/pedal BD/5 cowbells/bongos/large tom-t/African rattle/SD/hi-hat/high wdbl/trash instruments/thundersheet/5 tin cans/pedal bin/reversible sticks- harp - pno - strings (126.96.36.199.1)
- The Second Key
for mezzo-soprano or countertenor and mixed ensemble of 10 or more players of mixed ability
Text by Guilhelm IX d’Aquitane, 1071-1127 (translated by Mariette Purcell).
- Feather and Groove
for mixed ensemble of mixed ability, for 6 to 20 players, with semi-open scoring
2008 5' 30"
Score revised 2015.