November 22nd, 2013 | Published in Blog
22nd November 2013, 7pm
Tim Parkinson – piano
Christian Wolff – 6 Nocturnes/For John (& Erik Satie) (2007)
Written, along with Material, as part of “For John”, a collaborative piece made with David Behrman, John King and Takehisa Kosugi, in honour of John Cage. Each page is one nocturne. The 5th is for David Behrman, for his 70th birthday. The sixth for Bénédicte Pesle, on her being honoured for her long association with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. The material on each page is widely variable in terms of organisation and how it may be read.
Paul Newland – zuihitsu (2004)
Philip Howard, who gave the premiere, writes “Zuihitsu is a Japanese word meaning “miscellaneous writings” or “random jottings”. The sense if it is that in such writing one is “following the pen or brush”. The composer is suggesting that ego and pre-arranged ideas about music and how it works should be forgotten, where possible.” To me the piece sounds like a mosiac of splintered glass fragments. It is dedicated to Jo Kondo, with whom Paul Newland had studied.
Makiko Nishikaze – resonae-piani III (2011)
To me this is a kind of post-impressionist abstraction, and reminds me of the Japanese notion of karumi, or “lightness”. John McAlpine describes Nishikaze’s music as a kind of musical stream of consciousness, in which delicate melodic strands float quietly and unpredictably, like the disconnected throughts of a daydreamer, yet natural and inevitable, with an inner logic.
Tim Parkinson – piano piece 2013
Written in the winter of 2013. This then that. Or this then this again, then this, then this, and so on. In the middle of things. In the middle of this then this then this, and so on. In the middle of things. And so on. Here then here. Moving on, until stop, then another this.
Tickets £10, from 0207 534 0710 or on the door.
Schott Recital Room, 48 Great Marlborough Street, London W1F 7BB