News from alumna Laura Moody
Laura Moody Autumn Tour Dates
It has been an extraordinary summer of festivals and touring both solo and with her Bjorkness. Thank you so much to everyone who came and supported my solo sets at Wilderness and Bestival and those who shouted and waved from the crowds at the Bjork dates. Now its time to get out on the road again! I’m resuming my tour of unusual and intimate venues up and down the land. Here are the dates so far:
I kick off with a performance on Sunday 17th October at the Match & Fuse Festival of cutting-edge music in London’s own bleeding-edge heartland of Dalston. I’ll be playing the 40-capacity Café Oto Project space at 9pm so do get in quick to secure a ticket for my most intimate gig in the big smoke for a while. Moreover for £15 you can not only catch my set but also have the choice of seeing an amazing array of international performers across several neighbouring venues into the small hours.
Aldeburgh Music Residency
I have started work with sound artist Clay Gold on a major new music theatre work called Parallelist. We are extremely grateful and excited to have been awarded an Open Space Residency at Aldeburgh Music to develop the piece which deals with communication, isolation and theories of consciousness. Taking as its starting point a thought experiment proposed by Karl Pearson over a century ago in the early days of telecommunications, I play the role of an isolated telephonist who has never seen the world outside of her booth. The only knowledge she has of the “real world” outside is from the information she receives down her wires. How close to this “reality” can she ever reach? Does it exist at all? These are the small questions we will be concerning ourselves with and over the next eighteen months will wrangle into a fully staged, immersive performance and sound art work, which will premiere at the 2017 Aldeburgh Festival. Clay Gold has written an in-depth introduction to the piece here. Wish us luck!
Aldeburgh’s haunting landscapes and big skies seem to have been calling to me a lot recently. In a completely separate project to my residency at Aldeburgh Music, I spent an inspiring week at the South Lookout on Aldeburgh Beach in September working with the highly imaginative, devising theatre company Baz Productions. We are working on a response to Strindberg’s A Dream Play and after just five days work we presented a walk-through performance for audiences at Hightide Theatre Festival. I thoroughly enjoyed composing music, telling stories and playing various characters in this inspiring setting and we hope to develop the show further and tour next year.
Following the success at the 2019 International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) – World Music Days , Thomas Simaku’s most recent work, La Leggiadra Luna for mixed choir a cappella, has been broadcast by four European radio stations.
The Royal Philharmonic Society have announced the latest members of their prestigious Emerging Composers scheme, including Robin Haigh, currently studying for a PhD at York with Martin Suckling, and Joel Järventausta, a former York undergraduate.
Back in June Martin was invited to speak about Radulescu’s seminal solo viola piece Das Andere alongside violist Garth Knox at the Spectralisms conference in IRCAM.
Praise for Music Dept students featured in BBC Proms
Following on from his specially-commissioned Radio 3 takeover to extend the Last Night of the Proms 2018, Music Department PhD student Neil Luck was invited to contribute a live set as part of 2019’s first ‘Proms at…’ event. Joined by second year undergraduate Rebecca Burden and former student James McIlwrath, Neil masterminded three pieces in an event described by the Guardian as a ‘teasing, challenging new-music bill’. Proms at …
His new work will be performed by four different ensembles in four European cities and released on CD in 2020
The objective of Discovering Young Composers of Europe (DYCE) Competition was to bring together the four regions of Europe (North, South, East, West) by inviting the composition students and alumni of all European Academies, Conservatories and Universities to submit a work.
His work will be performed by a Grammy Award-winning ensemble
Thomas Simaku’s recent work, La Leggiadra Luna for mixed choir a cappella, has been selected by the international jury for performance at the 2019 ISCM (International Society for Contemporary Music) – World Music Days, which takes place in Estonia from 2 – 10 May.