I am very happy to announced that ‘Two Poems’ written for me by the fantastic Manos Charalabopoulos has been shortlisted for the 2019 Ivan Juritz Prize! Many congratulations to Manos !
In this composition for cello solo, comissioned by the Royal Philharmonic Society and premiered at the Presteigne Festival, the voice of the cello ‘recites’ two poems:
“One imagined and one actual poem (Alan Shapiro’s Everything the Traffic will Allow) have had their words removed and their music given to the instrumental voice of the cello. These instrumental voices and recitations, be they projected or introspective, engage with a hyperrealist aesthetic, where instrument becomes voice and word becomes music, at once abstracted and enlarged.”
I will have a pleasure to perform this work for cello solo again this Thursday – 27th of June – at King’s College. Save the date!