Cafe Encounter

March 15, 2008 § Leave a comment

I just had an enjoyable meeting with Philip Glass. He is in Adelaide for the Festival and came into Cibo Cafe on Gouger St where I am often working with my laptop. Maybe he hasn’t been getting much sleep or perhaps taken by the extremely hot weather passing through Adelaide – but anyway he was both dreamy and observant (you know, I think composers probably have an observant expression while sleeping). He asked me what is is like to compose here – I really didn’t know what to say because I have not composed elsewhere, but I said that I like it and there is good opportunities because Adelaide is both small and so conveniently laid out that if you have the will power then you can achieve a great deal. This is being rather optimistic however because more deeply I feel that the best medicine for composing is rather a difficult and inconvenient environment combined with enough time to allow one’s mind to wonder and repeat ideas. In the modern world you have to be almost monk-like to eliminate all the stimulating and ultimately destructive distractions. Anyway Philip was really patient, gracious and warm and after our talk I had the feeling as I would have enjoyed to talk with him much longer about any subject.

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Pilgrim Church 2008

March 12, 2008 § Leave a comment

The 2008 Pilgrim Church concert was very successful. Both radio 5UV and radio 5MBS were recording and the CD will be available through 5MBS. The concert programme follows:

2008 Pilgrim Church concert programme

In addition to the second Mazurka composed last year, all five Romanian Dances (edited recently) and Ondine (by Maurice Ravel, 1908) the audience asked for an encore. For this I played an improvisation based on a recent subject brewing over the last few days which I will develop into a composition over the next few days.

Improvisation

March 6, 2008 § Leave a comment

 While practicing my fifth Romanian Dance for my public concert only one week away (in which I play Ondine from Gaspard de la Nuit by Ravel, my five Romanian Dances and my second Mazurka) I could not withhold myself from launching into this improvisation immediately following the optimistic ending of this dance. The subject is elegant and full of symmetry and worthy of being developed later within an orchestral work Рthus I recorded it immediately.A similar variation using the piano.

Improvisations

March 2, 2008 § Leave a comment

I have now played five improvisations, one straight after another, although only three could be linked to – somehow the tag feature here works with some files and not with others.This improvisation uses various common themes developed recently – mostly exploring capriciously the second subject of my 3rd Romanian Dance, and contains almost nothing unique in my mind for today. It generally applies the trick of staying in the dominant and providing the listener insufficiently with the tonic, and thus a yearning. Immediately after playing the above improvisation I played this second improvisation with String Orchestra which introduces an entirely new subject that came to me three minutes before playing while making a cup of tea. Like the above improvisation it suspends the listener generally within the dominant.I later then played this fetal improvisation based largely on the concept of the major harmony extended nearly always with the minor 6th played in the lower register.

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