Prof. Monty Adkins, sabbatical update

086-2014-bProf. Monty Adkins continues to have a productive sabbatical. Following the release of Residual Forms (Cronica) and Rift Patterns (Audiobulb), the works has received radio broadcasts on Radio 3’s Late Junction, BBC Radio 6 and ABC National Radio in Australia. The video trilogy from Rift Patterns (with ADA lecturer Jay Payne – video) was also featured at the Sonic Immersions Festival in Macedonia. Accompanying the release of Rift Patterns, Gonzo (Dutch equivalent of The Wire) have a feature interview with Prof. Adkins in their May issue with a track from the album on their cover CD. Whilst in Holland promoting the album Prof. Adkins also gave a guest lecture at the University of the Arts and premiered a new work, co-composed with Dr Rose Dodd on 4th May 2014 at the Muziekgebouw, Amsterdam for bass clarinet, tenor saxophone and 31-tone organ.

A recent CD ‘Flight’ featuring an older work, Still Time commissioned in 2001 by flautist Alejandro Escuer has been nominated in the ‘best contemporary classical album’ at the Independent Music Awards, USA.

Prof. Adkins will also present papers at the EMS Conference 10-14 June in Berlin (co-authored with MA by Research student Tom Adams), xCoAx Conference 26-27 June in Porto, and at the Invisible Places Symposium 18-20 July in Viseu (co-authored with PhD student Mihalis Santamas). All three will result in academic publications.

On 14 May at the University of Leeds, Monty performed several pieces by Roberto Gerhard that have been newly restored from rare archive tapes, part of his AHRC-funded research project. The concert and accompanying talk surveyed British Electronic Music in the 1960s: Wishart, Gerhard, Derbyshire, Oram, Davies.