July 15th - 16th: Continental Drift: A century of jazz on record, Reflecting the theme of the 2017 Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival (a century of jazz on record) this unique conference will present a range of panellists with academic expertise and practical experience in key areas of activity that relate to history, practice, and innovation in recorded jazz, and its place within culture and commerce. The conference is aimed at a broad audience including academics, educators, musicians, music students and jazz-fans, and will provide an opportunity for insights into, (and the critique of) the communities, networks, institutions and industries that support and sustain the production and dissemination of jazz on record. I shall be making a PechaKucha style presentation on Vaporwave.
July 13th: A combination of improvisation and composition. Using an OHP to write music music for small ensemble. Edinburgh Contemporary Music Ensemble at the French Institute! 730pm, £8 full price, £6 concessions (students, unemployed, senior)
July 1st 2017: Ron Davis and SymphRONica have been invited by Canada’s High Commission in the U.K. to perform in the heart of London-historic Trafalgar Square -on July 1, Canada Day as part of CANADA 150 – the official celebrations of Canada’s 150 birthday! They shall be playing a short composition to help mark this occation.
May 25th: Ron Davis and SymphRONica will be performing my arrangement of Ron Davis' amazing piece ToRONtango in Toronto.
May 2017: The University for the Creative Arts has appointed me as the new course leader in Music Composition and Technology at their Farnham Campus. Music Composition and Technology at our Farnham campus is pioneering in its field. Formed to meet a growing demand in the music and sound industries, it has been designed to reflect the need for graduates to be flexible and adaptable to the needs of different media. The course content is driven by the ever-changing nature of the music and sound business, as well as the evolving needs of our students. A combination of activities, live projects, collaborations with other disciplines, work placements and engagement with industry professionals will help you grow as an informed, creative and well-connected graduate.
May 13th: Composer in Residence Concert for Piano Trio, featuring the magnificent Artisan Trio. St Vincent's Chapel Stockbridge. 7.30pm. Clea Friend - 'Cello, Aisling O'Dea - Violin, Edward Cohen - Piano. Harry Whalley - Pivot and Loop (2017), (2013) Suzanne Parry - Haul Away for Heaven (2013) & Felix Mendelssohn - Trio No. 1 in D minor (1839)
March 24th: Open Circuit 2017 constitutes our most varied offering of contemporary music to date. Twelve different events spread across five days present a diverse collection of music, including concert music, structured improvisations, performers with realtime electronics, acoustmatic electronic music, and audio-centric video games. This year’s festival is organised by the Interdisciplinary Centre for Composition and Technology, a newly formed group composers and technologists working at the intersection of sound, computers and visual media. Liverpool University, Victoria Building 7pm - Tickets
Oct 23rd - Nov 25th: I have received a Banff Fellowship Residency This residency offers the ability to work independently, as well as to engage within the larger artistic community of the Banff Centre and the Leighton Artists’ Colony, which is located in a secluded, wooded area on Banff Centre’s 43-acre campus. I am very grateful for the support of Creative Scotland for this opportunity.
November 20th: I am delighted that the Edinburgh Contemporary Music Ensemble - a world class orchestra who understand the importance of contemporary music - shall be performing a new work for Orchestra. Again, I look forward to working with James Lowe (Chief Conductor of the Prussian Chamber Orchestra, Germany, and the Vaasa Sinfonia, Finland. His work as Artistic Director of the Hallé Harmony Youth Orchestra was featured in a four-part documentary shown in the UK on Channel 4 in 2010), and some of the finest musicians in Edinburgh.
October 22nd: Praised for their 'refreshing approach' and 'exciting precision', the Gildas Quartet is fast establishing itself as one of the most exciting young ensembles to emerge in recent years. They return to Edinburgh to perform Seven Rocks, and a new commission 'A Report to History' for St. Vincent’s Chapel, Stockbridge (EH3 6SW ). Tickets are available here
October 4th: My arrangement of Miles Davis' classic "So What" being performed on BBC Radio 3, InTune, from the Southbank in London.
August 17th: Second performance of Prypriat for [Flute, Cello, Bass Clarinet and Tape] as part of the Fringe Festival. St. Mary's Cathedral Edinburgh.
August 13th; (4pm) Nano-Thought Symphonies @ Summerhall. The Well-Tempered Brain - workshop and presentation. http://edinburgh.carpediem.cd/events/703430-nano-thought-symphonies-at-summerhall/
August 11, 12, 14, 17, 19 & 21 (5pm – 6pm) Ron Davis and Symphronica bring their brilliant, eclectic jazz/pop/classical sound to the great Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the world’s largest arts festival. Ron will be joined by string players from the renowned Scottish Chamber Orchestra for Six sizzling performances at the historic Scottish Arts Club. Featuring my Composition, Flodden Wall.
August 8th: Broadcast on BBC Radio 3, InTune from the BBC Big Blue Tent, presented by Sean Rafferty. Live Performance of Flodden Wall by Ron Davis and Symphonica.
July 24th - 29th: International Society for Music Education Conference in Glasgow presentation entitled "Task Switching, implications in Music Education and Performance".
July 20th: [Poster] Before Alpha-Go: Interpretation though improvisation and LISP. Like Chess, Go is a non-chance combinatorial game - a strategy game with deceptively simple rules which go back over 3000 years. Only this year have human masters of the game been challenged and beaten by machine learning. UK Music Informatics and Cognition (MIC) 2016 Workshop
May 17th: A short composition Either / Or, written to celebrate the 150th anniversary of of the birth of the French composer and pianist Erik Satie (17 May 1866-1 July 1925) Ensemble Dissous and other surprise perform a concert of musical vignettes and aphorisms inspired by or directly adapted from the sound world and aesthetics of Satie's writings and music. Central Library, Edinburgh
April 21st: Premiere of 'Flodden Wall' for String Quartet and Jazz Quartet. Lula Lounge, Toronto, performed by Ron Davis and Symphonic, complete with attendance by the composer through video link.
March: I am absolutely delighted to have been appointed as the very first Composer in residence of St. Vincent’s Chapel, Stockbridge. It is a real boon that the congregation of this stunning church is embracing music and in particular new music.
December 12th:Tinderbox Fest - The Amazing Tinderbox Orchestra opened their 5th aniversary concert with Strands as part of their one day music festival at the Roxy Assembly. I also composed using an OHP for the Orchestra to reposed to in real time.
November 26th: 7pm - Reid Concert Hall, Bristo Square Edinburgh. The Composers Orchestra perform Mountain Limestone - which is an adaptation of a section of Seven Rocks for string trio, written last year.
October 31st: Recording my arrangements of Phil Ryder's compositions, Sauntering in Paris, Someone Else's Guy and Bring back the day at the Sonic Lodge in Leith.
October 24th - 25th: The annual INTIME Symposium is a two-day symposium of papers and performances hosted by the INTIME music research group at Coventry (UK) University. The symposium seeks to discuss and theorise on current practice in experimental music. It aims to deepen our understanding of existing and emerging repertoires and practices. Performance and presentation of Seven Rocks for String Trio - Performed by members of the Gildas Quartet.
September 27th: Over Head Projector (OHP) composition/Improvisation with the Tinderbox Orchestra.
August 12th: The Edinburgh Game Symposium: I will be giving a talk on "Sound and the Senses", in Dundee. Exploring how the sense of hearing fits into our experiences of and perception of the world, both real and virtual.
August 13th: The Edinburgh Game Symposium: Composers, performers and conductors Luci Holland and Harry Whalley will look at and experiment with music performance and composition, with a live band of musicians from the Tinderbox Orchestra and Mantra Collective. Learn how music can shape and enhance stories, create atmospheres, bring a character to life and more, and what this can do for compelling game design and experiences. Age range: 12+ years Parents/carers may attend (tickets)
June 18th: Appeared on Shore Radio's 'Drive Time' with song writer Kathy Muir.
May 24th: Hidden Door Festival Edinburgh: Part of the 9 day festival taking place in abandoned and hidden venues in Edinburgh. I'll be working with the wonderful Kaimes School again with the Frontiers Orchestra (4pm) and then with I will be doing 'Acetate Composition' on an OHP alongside Mike Kearney's Suggesture and the Spontaneous Orchestra. (7.45pm)
22nd April - 24th May: I'm continuing workshops with the Kaimes School in South Edinburgh.
April 14th: I'm giving a guest lecture at Middlesex University on various compositional techniques.
April 12 -15th: Poster Presentation, BNA2015: Festival of Neuroscience ASCUS' Artists are Present initiative. The British Neuroscience Association’s Festival of Neuroscience will take place in EdinburghIt brings together neuroscientists, neurologists, psychologists, psychiatrists, as well as physiologists, pharmacologists and many others.
January - April: Tutoring undergraduate students at the University of Edinburgh in Harmony and Counterpoint.
February - March: Together with the Tinderbox project I am facilitating a number of workshops with the Kaimes School in South Edinburgh. This will culminate in performance on March 29th at North Edinburgh Arts & 31st at the Festival Theatre.
February 16th - 17th: I ran a 24 hour composition marathon for students at the University of Edinburgh Reid School of Music culminating in a performance by the Gildas Quartet in the Methodists church, Nicolson Sq. at 7pm on the 17th of Feb. that was free and open to all. [ Read my Blog post about it ]
December 20th: My book review of Music and the Making of Modern Science by Peter Pesic has been published by the Scottish Journal of Performance.
December 13th: A Performance of my Big Band arrangement of Phil Ryder's Sauntering in Paris, performed by the Farnham Music and Drama Jazz Band. (Sold Out).
November 21st: A talk about 'The Brown Dog Affair' at Medicine Unboxed: Students 2014. This fascinating story highlights many contentious bioethical issues. An exploration of the various ways the dramaturgy of this true story might be investigated through Opera. Brown-Dog-Opera.com
November 15th: Music for a community film project Zombie Formal Queen.
October 18th - 19th : INTIME Symposium. A paper presentation of '6 impossible compositions' at this two-day symposium hosted by the INTIME music research group at Coventry University. The symposium seeks to discuss and theorise current practice in experimental music. It aims to deepen our understandings of existing and emerging repertoires and practices. There will also be a performance of 'gods and designers', a setting of Brian Felsen's Poem to be performed by Peyee Chen (Soprano) and Anna Menzies (Cello).
September 27th: My Article 'Transformations and their Musical Counterparts' was published on Thinking about Music, a new multimedia blog for people who are interested in the academic study of music, in the widest and most inclusive sense of the term.
August 5th, 7th, 12th & 14th : Forever and Shall be for Soprano, Piano and Cello as part of the Spoken Spaces, Sonic Traces series. - Setting music to words by Kathy Muir as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, at the Jazz Bar on Chambers St. The programme also features works by Alfredo Caponnetto, Elisabeth Cowe, Luci Holland, Stuart Taylor, Matt Giannotti and Kostas Rekleitis.
July 10th - 13th : A screening of Lisa Castagner's experimental film documenting residents at Pullman Court during sunset, accompanied by a musical score composed by Harry Whalley. The film is 20 minutes long and will be played on a loop from Thursday to Sunday from 11am-5pm each day. Join us on Saturday at 6pm for a brief introduction to the film by the artist followed by a talk from a resident architect about the history and social idealism behind the design of this grade II listed modernist building. Sponsored by Winkworth Streatham.
May 31st : Seven Rocks a commission from the Norman Nicholson Society is based on the poems of the same name. Performed by the wonderful Gildas Quartet with spoken word by Antoinette Fawcett. Millom Cumbria. 4pm St Georges Church. Free. Many thanks to the Britten-Pears foundation for their support.
April 25th : I had my PhD viva in Composition at the University of Edinburgh, passing without corrections. It marked the end of just over three years work. The end of an era.
February 19th : Music and Geometry Workshop, for the University of Edinburgh ILW. This workshop explored various geometric transformations and how they might sound. Examples from J.S Bach to Iannis Xenakis were played by a group of professional musicians, and also student compositions, trailed first on music boxes and Overhead Projectors. My thanks to Julia Collins for organising this workshop.
November 16th : Entangled Music, Reid Hall Edinburgh, Meta Ensemble, Conducted by James Lowe. This major work 60 minute work for large chamber ensemble represents the Major work of my PhD in composition. It explores the concept of a strange loop, as detailed by Douglas Hofstatder in his 1979 book, Gödel, Escher, Bach.
August 14th,15th,16th,17th : Colours’ choreographed by Vincent Hantam, Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The choreographic work explores and develops the quality and artistic integrity of the moving body whilst reflecting a societal and cultural landscape in Scotland.
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