The new year kicks off with two performances of Hans Zender's Issei no kyō with Ensemble Modern, part of their fortieth birthday celebrations in Cologne and Frankfurt. Other highlights include climbing the precipitous terrain of Richard Ayres's No. 42 In the Alps in Southampton, rejoining Sonar Quartett for another performance of Naomi Pinnock's beautiful new work, I am, I am, and Heinz Holliger's Increschantüm in Dublin, and unveiling a new module of Tracery, the modular and collaborative project with Cassandra Miller at Maerzmusik, Berlin. Rebecca Saunders's Nether heads to ManiFeste, Paris, with Ensemble Musikfabrik and to Lucerne with the Orchestra of the Lucerne Festival Academy; I'll also be unveiling a brand-new work by Rebecca for solo voice and electronics at Manifeste.
I spent a lot of time in the recording studio in 2019, and it's exciting now to share the results. The most recent releases are two composer portrait discs: Cassandra Miller's 'Songs about singing' (all that dust) and Frank Denyer's 'The Boundaries of Intimacy' (another timbre). In April 2020 I'll be releasing a new album of solo works written for me by Lawrence Dunn, Sivan Eldar, Nomi Epstein and Lisa Illean (HCR). I've also just recorded a disc of music by Chaya Czernowin, Beat Furrer, Enno Poppe and Rebecca Saunders at WDR — details to follow. And finally, some lovely news: EXAUDI's recording of Gesualdo madrigals has just won a Deutsche Schallplattenkritik prize!
1 December 2019