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Garlic Hug First Outing

I’ve been spending April in Taranto, Italy working on new projects, eating lots of amazing food and catching up with family & friends. On 20thApril I’ll be playing my first performance as part of Garlic Hug – a new duo with Alessandro Altavilla.

We’re a new racket of skronky sax, heavy drones, field recordings, frenetic beats and chunky synth riffs. Baz the baritone was a bit too big for this trip, so I’ll be playing on alto and various beat-making devices…

On 20thApril we’ll be playing in Taranto and on 22ndApril we perform at MUZIC PLUS, Altamura, Bari.

Garlic Hug - landscape - with text


New Piece for Ligeti Quartet

I’m excite to take part in a workshop with the Ligeti Quartet at the end of April, for which I’m developing sketches for a new composition. This workshop features as part of the launch for University of Sheffield’s Centre for New Music (CeNMaS) and the Sound Agendas conference between 27-29th April.

After this first workshop I’ll be completing the piece in time for a final workshop and performance from the Ligeti Quartet in Autumn.

This will be my first piece for string quartet! The composition explores the idea of a sonic strobe, with the sounds of the quartet turning ‘on and off’ according to rhythmic cycles and patterns. A glissando runs through the part of each player, tracing fluctuations between stable pitch and noise, which the performers continue to imagine internally during silent moments.

My sketches explore different balances between silence and sound, and I’m interested to see how the musicians independently imagine sound during silent passages, before converging again as a quartet. Other passages emphasise collective, unison rhythm, with the music frenetically flickering on and off.

These different approaches shift the type of dynamic within the quartet, for example splintering off as individuals, and regrouping as a rhythmically co-dependent unit. Finding a simple way to notate this piece has been a challenge, but I’m nearly there, and looking forward to taking this further with the performers during the workshop! More soon….