ABOUT

I’m a composer, originally from Yorkshire (UK), currently living and studying in Aarhus (DK). I often work at an intersection between music for instruments and voices; electronic sound; text; video; and performative media. Recently, my work has engaged with ideas of human frailties and a re-contextualisation of everyday sounds, happenings and automatic social and physical behaviours.

 

My latest pieces have involved choreography; modified acoustic instruments acting as disfiguring filters for the music of Franz Schubert; custom-built, tactile instruments such as paintbrush synthesizers and mini-vibration motors; quotation; a virtual singer and choir singing YouTube comments; gamification; performance of awkward and mundane verbal interactions; unedited field recordings; and spatialised music for street orchestra performed on top of mountains, in train stations, and in swimming pools.

 

Recent commissions have come from Riot Ensemble / Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (for percussionist Sam Wilson); The Night With… (for The Hermes Experiment); Hebrides Ensemble / Edinburgh Book Festival; The Cumnock Tryst (for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra); Cryptic Glasgow; Sasha Savaloni (guitarist) / Current Resonance; Tom Poulson (trumpeter of Stockholm Chamber Brass); Nevis Ensemble (street orchestra); and Live Music Now (for the Dohnányi String Trio).

 

In 2018, 10 Seconds, written for 9 players and 4-channel audio was awarded the Dorico Award at The Scottish Awards for New Music. During the same year I was Composer-in-Residence with Scotland's Street Orchestra, Nevis Ensemble and was one of 12 composers involved with Yaron Deutsch’s Electric Guitar Etude Project at the Darmstädter Ferienkurse.

 

My music has been programmed at festivals such as: Darmstädter Ferienkurse (DE); Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (UK); Matera Intermedia (IT); St Magnus International Festival (UK); The Cumnock Tryst (UK); Occupy the Pianos (UK); Visiones Sonoras (MX); EviMus (DE); Sound-Image (UK), Leeds Lieder (UK) and at venues such as Newcastle's Sage Gateshead; Edinburgh's Usher Hall; London's St John's, Smith Square; Aarhus’ Musikhuset; and Mexico City's Ex Teresa Arte Actual.

I've had the opportunity to work on my music with artists and ensembles such as: Royal Northern Sinfonia; Hebrides Ensemble; Red Note Ensemble; The Hermes Experiment; The Assembly Project; Ligeti Quartet; Gildas Quartet; Nevis Ensemble; pianists Rolf Hind and Andrew Zolinsky; bassoonist Ben Hudson (Psappha Ensemble); percussionist Sam Wilson (Riot Ensemble); and clarinettist Fernando Domínguez. 

My debut electroacoustic EP Palettes was released on New York based label Not Art Records, and Daily Rituals for amplified quartet and playback, performed by The Hermes Experiment was released on TNW Music’s ‘Live Vol. 1’.

 

I graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2018, where I studied composition with David Fennessy and Dr. Linda Buckley, electroacoustic composition with Dr. Alistair MacDonald, and jazz guitar with Kevin Mackenzie. I’m currently studying with Niels Rønsholdt, Juliana Hodkinson and Simon Steen-Andersen at the Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus (Det Jyske Musikkonservatorium).

Photography by @jadefrancesphoto 

© 2015 Matthew Grouse. 

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