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2016 MATA Commission

March 23, 2016

I’m very excited to be travelling to New York next month for the preparation and premiere of my new work Splinter, a 2016 MATA Festival Commission.

The work will be performed by the fantastic Ensemble neoN with Ryan Muncy + Pat Swoboda on 16th April at Dixon Place, New York. This concert also features the Rhythm Method Quartet, and works by Emma O’Halloran, Lula Romero, Ophir Ilzetzki, José Manuel Serrano and Edgar Guzmán.

A few words about my new work, Splinter

Several recent works of mine have drawn on games, focusing on rhythmic coordination, cueing relationships and inter-ensemble dynamics. Splinter is not a game piece, but it retains this playful nature. The piece is based around obsessive patterns which are scattered in various configurations throughout the piece, often in frenetic hockets or dizzy cueing systems.

Each short section presents a free-standing idea which resists development. Some passages are fixed, while others use instructions to set up cueing relationships within the group; there is an emphasis on performers listening and responding to each other in different ways from section to section.

I’m looking forward to a brilliant week of concerts at the festival, check it out here!

I’m grateful that this project is supported using public funding by Arts Council England and British Council.


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