ICARUS, the recent work of David Blake and Keith Warner, premiered in July at the 41st Cantiere Internazionale d'Arte in Montepulciano, Tuscany. It has now been praised by Roberto Del Nista in the latest Opera Magazine.
What happens if the composer and the listener are the sameperson? This is exactly what Jō Kondō’s way of composingimplies. If the composer is to be nothing but a curious listener, he must be able to surprise himself. He must rid himself of all prior knowledge or intention. Born in Tokyo in 1947, Jō Kondō was influenced throughout his entire education almost exclusively by traditional Western art music. Like so many of his Western colleagues, he feels this to be both a limitation and the greatest challenge to the creative process. “The music one grows up with is like a cage one has to break out of.”
Sadie Harrison's The Flight of Swallows from Gallery (Room 1) for solo violin was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 Breakfast Show (Martin Handley) on Sunday 18th September, the beginning beautifully dovetailed with the sound of chattering swallows. The broadcast, of a recording by Peter Sheppard Skaerved, follows a number of performances of movements from the set of miniatures given by Sheppard Skaerved in the USA this month; a selection in Brandon, Vermont at the Compass Center (13th September) and then a couple of days later at Ithaca College in New York as part of his Autumn residency.
Hilda Paredes speaks about her new Mode Records CD Señales, in conversation with Ruth Prieto, on the El compositor habla website. The CD was awarded four stars by The Guardian's Andrew Clements. Paredes reveals that the CD is very special to her, since the featured works span nearly two decades.