Monday, 7 March 2016

Folle Journée, Nantes

Ensemble 0 (zero) played 4 concerts in the old biscuit factory LU in downtown Nantes (now recreated as a fantastic arts centre) as part of the Folle Journée. This famous festival, actually five days, is indeed a mad undertaking... 350 concerts, all ticketed, impeccably organised, from 9am to 10 pm and every one packed out. What a huge privilege to participate and to play with such brilliant musicians : Stéphane Garin, Didier Ashcour, Tomoko Katsura, Manu Kurt, Julien Pontvianne, Joel Merah, Sylvain Chauveau and Vincent Planes. As part of these programmes of contemporary music we played traditional pieces from the gamelan salunding repertoire...

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Happy Birthday Ezra!

When Ezra was born on a freezing January day in Birmingham I wrote Ezra's Waltz and recorded for my solo album "Hollowed Ground". Yesterday the same boy celebrated his 18th in Carcassonne, and so ...another waltz. Somewhere along the way there was an Ezra's Waltz II (2012) which was part of the Winter Leaves cycle of piano pieces which were written one a day throughout the hivernal months.

Sunday, 3 January 2016

Talking books

More music for wonderful Cracked Eye online literary magazine