CeReNeM Newsletter, October 2014

CeReNeM began the academic year by welcoming a cohort of 23 new postgraduates (19 PhD, 4 MARes) bringing our student research community to 51, which includes representation from 18 countries. Many arrived on the preceding weekend for a lively 4-day symposium organised by PhD student Braxton Sherouse with special guest Prof. Clarence Barlow from the University of California Santa Barbara.

CeReNeM induction event, September 2014
CeReNeM induction event, September 2014

For an overview of the year’s activities, see: CeReNeM Seminar & Workshop Series 2014-15

Student successes

Distractfold Ensemble are awarded the 2014 Kranichsteiner Prize for Interpretation at IMD, Darmstadt.

A number of past and current CeReNeM students: Dr Ian Harrison, Kate Ledger, Rodrigo Constanzo, Linda Jankowska as well as Visiting Research Fellow, Richard Craig, are members of Manchester-based Distractfold Ensemble who are making waves internationally. The group was awarded the highly coveted Kranichsteiner Music Prize at this year’s 47th Darmstadt International Summer School. See Chris Fox’s Sound & Music blogpost on the significance of this prestigious win.

New PhD student Sebastien Lavoie has just been awarded one of the top prizes in the CEC Jeu de Temps Competition in Canada. PhD student Lee Chie Tsang received an honourable mention at the 2014 MEETINGS Composition Competition in Denmark. Recent graduate appointments include Dr Jamie Fawcus (PhD 2014) to a Senior Lecturer position at the School of Informatics, University of Skovde, Sweden, and Dr Tamara Friebel (PhD 2013) as Postdoctoral Fellow at the Karl-Franzens-University Graz, Austria where she is working on a 3-year project looking at links between music, mathematics and architecture.

CeReNeM URF grant

CeReNeM has been awarded 3-year funding of £280,000 from the University of Huddersfield’s Research Fund. The grant enables us to move to institute status, appoint a Centre Manager, a Research Fellow and undertake a range of activities focussed on international academic exchange, and industry collaborations in areas of 3D spatialisation, acoustics and audio technology. The centre as new institute will officially begin in January 2015 with Huddersfield hosting an international lecture series ‘Sources of Creativity’ involving staff exchanges with the University of Montreal, University of Harvard and the National University of Singapore amongst others, together with collaborative projects with a number of research institutes and studios from around the world.

CeReNeM Press Highlights

cover366A feature article in the August edition of The Wire Magazine discusses the work of CeReNeM composers and performers highlighting publications on our HCR CD label and with Huddersfield University Press.
See: CeReNeM The Wire, Issue 057 Aug 2014

A follow-up article, Synaesthesia: CeReNeM’s Future Sounds by Abi Bliss also covers the work of staff and students. Do take a look at the article to see the diversity and currency of work being undertaken within the CeReNeM community.

Our CD Exposure (EXAUDI, HCRCD07) has recently had extensive airplay on radio shows in France and Belgium.


hcmf// 21-30 November, 2014

The Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival is fast approaching once again and this year’s programme contains a very wide representation of the work of staff and postgraduate students. The festival opens with a tribute concert to Huddersfield Honorary Doctor, the composer Christian Wolff with the Czech Ostravska Banda led by Petr Kotik. The celebrations of Wolff’s 80th birthday continue with a concert on 22 Nov. by Philip Thomas presenting premieres of piano solos written for him by Wolff, Howard Skempton and Michael Finnissy, and in the concert entitled Feldman’s Pianos (25 Nov). Philip also directs the Edges Ensemble in a programme of English Experimental music at the Hepworth Wakefield Gallery (23 Nov).

The 20th Anniversary of Electric Spring (the festival of electroacoustic music initiated by Michael Clarke, Paul Archbold, Chris Fox and Barrie Webb and now directed by Pierre Alexandre Tremblay and Monty Adkins) is celebrated in a concert on 26 Nov. with mixed media works by Alex Harker, Michael Clarke, Monty Adkins + Jason Payne and Pierre Alexandre Tremblay performed by soprano Peyee Chen and PhD ‘cellist Seth Woods.

Phil Minton and PhD bassist/improviser Simon Fell present a concert in Bates Mill on 27 Nov; their CD ‘The Knowledge of its Own Making’ to be released on HCR will be launched at this concert.

Irvine Arditti receives an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Huddersfield, July 2014

The Norwegian Cikada Ensemble present a concert including 3 works by Liza Lim on 21 Nov. The Arditti String Quartet also perform Lim’s The Weaver’s Knot (2014) in their 40th Anniversary concert (29 Nov). The University of Huddersfield conferred an honorary doctorate on the leader of the quartet, Irvine Arditti, at the July graduation ceremonies.

The work of current students is featured on Monday 24 November in the highly sought-after slots of the hcmf//shorts: Eleanor Cully’s Private Sculpture Series (all day); Chikako Morishita’s work premiered by Two New Duo (11.40am); Diego Castro Magaš with a programme of virtuosic guitar music (12.30pm) and Ryoko Akama presents Eliane Radigue’s music on EMS synthesiser (8pm). Pia Palme and Ryoko Akama join other musicians for Carlos Casas’ Avalanche III.  On 22 Nov. Barcelona ensemble Crossing Lines plays a work commissioned from alumnus Pedro Alvarez with Pedro joining the group on electric guitar.

An evening focussed on drone music on Friday 28 November has Apartment House (with Philip Thomas) presenting the music of Brian Eno followed by a concert with Monty Adkins’ 40-minute composition Spiral Path made in collaboration with Britt Pernille Frøholm (hardanger fiddle) and Jason Payne (video).

Full details can be found in the hcmf// programme booklet.

Research Exchange and recruitment trip, Singapore & Malaysia, September 2014

Prof. Liza Lim, Prof. Aaron Cassidy and PhD student Seth Woods undertook an 8-day programme of lectures, masterclasses, concerts and recruitment meetings in early September visiting 10 secondary and tertiary institutions in Singapore and Malaysia. Highlights include public lectures by Lim and Cassidy presented at Yong Siew Toh Conservatory-National University of Singapore and lectures and a masterclass hosted by the Malaysian Society of Contemporary Composers in Kuala Lumpur. We were very grateful for the assistance provided by our new PhD composition student Chong Kee Yong in organising the Malaysian events. Seth Woods presented his research into ‘The Spine’ & wearable technologies in music performance at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts Singapore and SEGi College Subang Jaya also collaborating with improvisers for a concert at La Salle College in Singapore. He then went on to give three concerts in Malaysia.

Results of these visits include the establishment of a research partnership between CeReNeM, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory and the Interactive Design and Media Institute of the National University of Singapore; the recruitment of postgraduate students in composition and a new programme for study-abroad students at Huddersfield. As part of ongoing exchange, we will welcome a group of 10 student composers and performers and 3 staff visiting from the Singaporean secondary school, Raffles Institution, led by composer Hoh Chung Shih during the first weekend of hcmf//.

Prof. Aaron Cassidy, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory, National University of Singapore, Sept 2014 (photo: Chong Kee Yong)
Prof. Aaron Cassidy, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory, National University of Singapore, Sept 2014 (photo: Chong Kee Yong)

Also see photos of the Malaysian leg of the trip on SMCC’s flickr (photos by Chow Jun Yi).

Other news!

Please see below for news items about recent publications, performances and other activity by Monty Adkins, Rose Dodd, Philip Thomas, Michael Clarke, Frédéric Dufeu, Mark and Julie Bokowiec and Liza Lim.

Enquiries: Prof. Liza Lim, l.lim@hud.ac.uk


Prof. Monty Adkins new publications

portada_vocesProf. Monty Adkins’ Between Lines for ‘cello and electronics performed by  Iracema de Andrade has been released on the CD Voces Electroacústicas. Monty’s work Borderlands, as part of the installation work Totum-One, made in collaboration with Huddersfield staff Dr Deborah Middleton and Dr Ian Gibson, and commissioned by IOU Theatre who focus on digital and interactive theatre-making, was premiered at the Junction Goole in September. See video below; more information here. An extended 38 minute version of the musical work with ‘cellist William Mace will be released on Audiobulb in early 2015.

Prof. Adkins presented joint papers with PhD students Tom Adams and Hali Santamas at EMS Berlin (June 2014) and at the Invisible Places Symposium, Viseu, Portugal. Both papers will be published in the proceedings of the conferences.

Canadian composer and recorder player Terri Hron was in residence in the Huddersfield studios during May-July 2014. Monty has been working with her on a new work which will be completed in Montreal next January 2015 as part of an exchange between CeReNeM, CIRMMT and the University of Montreal.

Dr Philip Thomas, new CD releases and premieres at hcmf//

Philip Thomas &  John Tilbury recording Feldman
Philip Thomas & John Tilbury recording Feldman

Following on from recent CD releases – a 3-CD set of solo piano music by Christian Wolff (sub rosa) and a double CD portrait of Laurence Crane‘s chamber music with Apartment House – Philip has two more releases this Autumn. ‘Christopher Fox: Works for piano’ is released on HatHut in October, featuring four solo piano pieces from the past ten years, three of which were composed for Philip. A double CD of works by Morton Feldman for multiple pianos, some with ensemble (including postgraduates Mira Benjamin, Taneli Clarke, Rodrigo Constanzo, Linda Jankoswka and Seth Woods), with pianists John Tilbury, Mark Knoop and Catherine Laws, is released on another timbre in November. The recording will be launched at a concert featuring the works for two to four pianos in the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.

Also in hcmf// this year, Philip gives the world premiere performances of three new works composed for him, by Howard Skempton, Christian Wolff (in his 80th year) and Michael Finnissy (an extended work with the title ‘Beat Generation Ballads’).

Huddersfield at ICMC 2014, Athens

Prof. Michael Clarke, Dr Frédéric Dufeu and Prof. Peter Manning (Durham) presented the paper ‘From Technological Investigation and Software Emulation to Music Analysis: An integrated approach to Barry Truax’s Riverrun’ at the 40th International Computer Music Conference / 11th Sound and Music Computing Conference (ICMC / SMC 2014), University of Athens on 15 Sept.

There were also performances of compositions by Prof. Michael Clarke and by Dr Mark Bokowiec performed by Seth Woods as part of the conference programme.

Seth Woods rehearsing 'Dialogue' by Mark Bokowiec
Seth Woods rehearsing ‘Dialogue’ by Mark Bokowiec


Dr Mark Bokowiec writes:

Unlike ICMC Huddersfield – the conference in Athens was massive – around 900 delegates! Around 300 pieces and countless papers – it was hectic to say the least and the organisers were overwhelmed. Thankfully my work for Bodycoder V’Oct(Ritual) was expertly performed by Julie Wilson-Bokowiec… The piece had a fantastic response and great feedback from a packed auditorium with the result that we may well get some invitations to perform the work elsewhere. My second piece, Dialogue, a work for interactive Cello was premiered by Seth Woods and his Spine prosthesis.

Liza Lim’s work in Krakow, Oslo, Schwaz, Melbourne & Strasbourg


The hardanger fiddle must hold a special fascination for Huddersfield composers…

Lim: 'Winding Bodies: 3 Knots', National Gallery, Ultima Festival, Oslo
Lim: ‘Winding Bodies: 3 Knots’, National Gallery, Ultima Festival, Oslo

Liza Lim’s latest ensemble work Winding Bodies:3 knots (Ricordi Berlin, 2014) featuring the musician Odd Hannisdal on hardanger had its premiere season in Krakow, at Oslo’s Ultima Festival and at Klangspuren Schwaz during August-September. The work was commissioned by the Norwegian Cikada Ensemble who will perform it with other pieces by Lim at hcmf// on 26 November. A review in the Tiroler Tageszeitung says, ‘Liza Lim writes a captivating diverse music, technically complicated, but with energetically thrilling and kaleidoscopic colours featuring the Norwegian Hardanger fiddle.’

Also in September, Lim’s large work City of Falling Angels for 12 percussionists was performed in Melbourne in a collaboration between the legendary Kroumata Percussion Ensemble, Speak Percussion and the Australian National Academy of Music. A new version of her solo bassoon work Axis Mundi was premiered at Strabourg’s Festival Musica by Alban Wesly on 1 October.