What the new year holds is anyone's guess but my PERFORMANCES page will be kept up-to-date as things develop. In the meantime, I am putting energy into commissioning some new tunes: in 2021 I shall be working closely with composers Lara Agar, Laurence Crane, Pascale Criton and Luke Nickel. This sort of work feels resilient; it can at least be advanced with the participants in different cities and, if necessary, in pyjamas.
Whilst I took an enforced break from live performance, there was at least some activity on the recording front. 'spilled out from tangles' is an album of solo works written for me by Lawrence Dunn, Sivan Eldar, Nomi Epstein and Lisa Illean, released on the HCR label on 24 April. The launch events were all cancelled, but the repertoire will trickle through my 2020/21 season. There are also some special videos accompanying two of the pieces, commissioned by TIME:SPANS festival and now available here.
This latest album is a totally unexpected, maverick thing... 'My Adventures with the TC Helicon VoiceLive 3' has just been released on TAKUROKU, Cafe OTO's new download-only label devoted exclusively to lockdown projects. This album documents my little experiments, recorded over a 6-week period at the start of lockdown, as I sat fiddling around with this bit of kit's several hundred preset vocal effects, the manifold possibilities of individual effects (such as harmony and hardtune) and the loop function. Each track was made very fast, with no time for critical reflection.