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’).


Rose Dodd, Monty Adkins at Sound-Scotland Festival

Dr Rose Dodd’s newly composed Waternish Ballad for Scottish fiddle/electronics will be premiered by Sarah-Jane Summers at the Sound-Scotland Festival on 31 Oct 2014. The concert also features Britt Pernille Frøholm in a programme of works for hardanger fiddle and electronics by Nicolas Bernier (Phantom), Rose Dodd’s mobius ii) and the world premiere of Monty Adkins’ Spiral Paths.

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.



CeReNeM Newsletter April-June 2014

CeReNeM has seen another busy period of activity with postgraduates in particular, mounting a great diversity of concerts, installation events and workshops including a project at Huddersfield Open Market, part of the ‘sound-installation’ research group led by Prof. Peter Ablinger.

Huddersfield Open Market, works presented by Pablo Vergara, Alex Grimes, David Pocknee, Michael Baldwin
Huddersfield Open Market, works presented by Pablo Vergara, Alex Grimes, David Pocknee, Michael Baldwin

For more information about this and other student news, please see the postgraduate newsletter.

The following scholarships have been awarded for PhD study from Oct 2014:
Duncan Druce Scholarship in Music Performance – Mira Benjamin
Denis Smalley Scholarship in Electronic Music – Tadej Droljc
Jonathan Harvey Scholarship in Composition – Cassandra Miller

New publications from CeReNeM
We are pleased to announce the publication of new editions of the peer-reviewed Divergence Press e-Journal and our HCR CD label. Divergence Press Issue 2 focusses on theoretical and practice-based research around the theme of ‘Sound.Music.Moving Image’ and is edited by SMI/rc Director, Dr Julio d’Escriván.



Zeta Potential is the seventh publication of Huddersfield Contemporary Records and features the work of 21 young composers who took part in hcmf//’s European Composers’ Professional Development Programme. The collection was recorded at the festival by Nieuw Ensemble (NL), Ensemble 10/10 (UK) or Icarus Ensemble (IT) and includes works by CeReNeM composers, Matthew Sergeant and Chikako Morishita.


Please see items below for sabbatical and research updates and news of publications, grants, conferences, concerts and reviews.

Dr Philip Thomas, sabbatical update

In April, Dr Philip Thomas joined postgraduates Diego Castro and Marc Codina at Northwestern University’s NUNC festival and conference, where he presented a paper about Christian Wolff’s 2001 piano work Pianist: Pieces.

Philip performed in three concerts in London during May:

5th May, Café Oto, where he performed Bryn Harrison’s extended work for solo piano Vessels. Read Philip’s observations on performing the work, ‘Vessels and the Sensuality of touch‘ and listen to an excerpt as follows:

On 12th May at Senate House, University London, as part of the Institute of Musical Research series, Philip performed solo and with Apartment House in a concert of recent music by leading American experimental composer Christian Wolff following a talk given by the composer.

On 26th May, London Contemporary Music Festival: Philip performed in the opening concert as a soloist in works by Tim Parkinson and James Clarke, and alongside Gavin Bryars, Chris Hobbs and John Tilbury in two classic British experimental works by Chris Hobbs.

The best pieces were those where honest energy and effort took the place of fake English self deprecation. In James Clark’s intriguingly inventive Island, superbly played by pianist Philip Thomas, the evening suddenly came alive. (Ivan Hewitt, Daily Telegraph)

June/July sees the release of three significant recordings:

Christian Wolff  Pianist: Pieces, sub rosa SR389, a 3-CD set of Wolff’s early and recent solo piano music, including three first recordings and the extended work Long Piano (Peace March 11).

Christopher Fox ‘Solo piano’ HatHut 192 – four works for solo piano, including three composed for Philip, all premiere recordings.

Laurence Crane Chamber Works, another timbre at74x2 – a double CD set of solo and chamber works by Crane performed by Apartment House and including the solo piano work ‘Piano Piece No. 23 – Ethiopian Distance Runners’, composed for Philip ThomasA launch concert for this CD is being held at Café Oto, London, on July 15th.

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.

Dr Bryn Harrison, premiere in London, performance in New York

Dr Bryn Harrison’s installation work Passing Light made in collaboration with visual artist Tim Head receives its premiere on 15 June at Rich Mix Arts Centre in London. The work is commissioned by the London Sinfonietta supported by Arts Council England and the London Sinfonietta Pioneers.

Tim Head + Bryn Harrison: Passing Light
Tim Head + Bryn Harrison: Passing Light

On May 22nd, New York-based ensemble Wet Ink presented Bryn’s surface forms (repeating) in a concert of British experimental work at St Peter’s Church, Chelsea.

Prof. PA Tremblay, Dr Alex Harker, HISSTools new developments

The HISSTools team has contributed to the development of a new type of musical instrument. Approached by IRCAM’s Diemo Schwarz after a conference presentation, Pierre Alexandre Tremblay and Alex Harker have helped to integrate the convolution of table-top performance as a mean of enhancing the expressivity of an instrument built around CataRT, a descriptor-based corpus navigation system for creative granular synthesis. Under the title ‘Rich Contacts: Corpus-Based Convolution of Audio Contact Gestures for Enhanced Musical Expression’, the proof-of-concept results will be presented at the 14th International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME) in London, both as a demo and a paper on July 1st and 2nd.

Prof. Michael Clarke, Dr Frédéric Dufeu, TaCEM research update

Prof. Michael Clarke and Dr Frédéric Dufeu will present the first case study of the TaCEM project, Barry Truax’s ‘Riverrun’, at the Electroacoustic Music Studies Conference (EMS14) in Berlin on June 13th. Their generic software for Interactive Aural Analysis, TIAALS, will also be presented within the Interactive Music Notation and Representation workshop of the NIME2014 conference (New Interfaces for Musical Expression) at Goldsmiths, University of London, on June 30th.

Dr Richard Glover, Whistable Biennale

Richard has been working with visual artist Louisa Fairclough to create two new works for the Whistable Biennale. Absolute Pitch is a film sculpture running for the full two weeks of the festival, and Compositions for a Low Tide took audience members out along a spit of land surrounded by choristers on the late spring evening of Saturday 31 May. The project revolves around Louisa’s realisations of her late sister’s drawings, and Richard’s explorations of sustained harmonies in permutational processes reflecting structures within the drawings. Having both presented for Bath ICIA and at Spike Island in Bristol previously, future installations and performances are planned stemming from these projects.

Dr Aaron Cassidy, performances in USA, Erasmus exchange at Kunstuniversität Graz

Dr Aaron Cassidy visited Kunstuniversität Graz on 4-5 June 2014, continuing CeReNeM’s Erasmus exchange with KuG. Dr Cassidy gave a series of composition classes and a guest lecture. He has various performances in the US during the Spring/Summer season:

Kathryn Schulmeister, double bass. Coup d’Oeil Art Consortium, New Orleans. April 12, 2014. The Crutch of Memory

Ryan Muncy, saxophone. West Virginia University. April 16, 2014.  asphyxia

Ben Marks, trombone (ELISION). Stanford University. May 24, 2014. Because they mark the zone where the force is in the process of striking

Jeffrey Gavett, voice. Tectonics Festival New York, Issue Project Room, New York, NY.  May 25, 2014.  I, purples, spat blood, laugh of beautiful lips

Kathryn Schulmeister, double bass (Fonema Consort). Berger Park Cultural Center, Chicago. June 5, 2014. The Crutch of Memory

Weston Olencki, trombone. Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois. June 8, 2014. Because they mark the zone where the force is in the process of striking

Scott McLaughlin, Rose Dodd, Monty Adkins premieres in Amsterdam

posterh-fconcert4mei2014duohevansweb_000Duo Hevans + Huygens-Fokker microtonal organ (Ere Lievonen – organist) presented a concert in Amsterdam at the Muziekgebouw on May 4th premiering works by Dr Scott McLaughlin, Dr Rose Dodd and Prof. Monty Adkins.

Contrasting Symmetries co-composed by Rose Dodd and Monty Adkins ‘creates shifting textures between instruments and electronics. The “contrast” in the title refers to the low wind instruments and the higher organ, the instruments and the electronics, the linear nature of the first part and the chordal second. Overall the piece is concerned more with sonority and creating a unified soundscape rather than one instrument predominating over another.’

Prof. Liza Lim, Australia Council fellowship award; New York press

Prof. Liza Lim has been awarded an AUD$100,000 Fellowship from the Australia Council for technical research and development for her opera Tree of Codes in a collaboration with Ensemble musikFabrik, Opera Cologne and Media Arts Research Centre ZKM. She will also undertake a period of residency in China developing work with musicians Wu Wei and Chen Leiji. A portrait concert of Lim’s music presented at the Miller Theatre in April by the International Contemporary Ensemble received detailed review in The New Yorker and The Wall Street Journal.

Lim’s string quartet The Weaver’s Knot (2013) was premiered by the Arditti String Quartet at the Wittenertage für neue Kammermusik on 10 May and subsequently recorded at the WDR for release later this year on the Winter & Winter CD label.

Arditti String Quartet recording, WDR Cologne
Arditti String Quartet recording, WDR Cologne


CeReNeM Newsletter Jan-March 2014

David Toop, opening concert of Electric Spring, 26 March 2014
David Toop, opening concert of Electric Spring, 26 March 2014

CeReNeM has hosted numerous visiting artists and researchers in February and March: the annual Electric Spring Festival and Max-MSP Symposium took place 26 Feb-2 March and was kickstarted with 2 days of intensive workshops in sound art, improvisation and electronics led by David Toop and Minoru Sato organised by PhD student Ryoko Akama. In the same week, Dr Timothy O’Dwyer, Head of Contemporary Music at La Salle College of the Arts, Singapore visited to give a lecture-recital. We’ve had wonderful concerts and workshops by visiting artists Ashot Sarkissjan (violin), Garth Knox (viola), Distractfold Ensemble and Line Upon Line percussion trio, working with both postgraduate and undergraduate composers. The monthly Re.sound electroacoustic concert series at Huddersfield continues to showcase postgraduate and staff work.

Coming up

Coming up, we have concerts by PhD student Diego Castro, guitar (17 March) and by Ensemble Discord from Belgium as part of the Advanced Masters of Contemporary Chamber Music at University College Ghent exchange programme with Huddersfield composers (24 March). On Tuesday 18th March the symposium: Analysis of Electroacoustic Music: Contexts, Methods, Perspectives takes place in the Researcher Hub at the University. The following evening, Prof. Pierre Alexandre Tremblay gives his inaugural professorial lecture (details below). Prof. Adkins is hosting the Beyond Pythagoras Symposium in electronic music and sound art, 21-23 March 2014.

CeReNeM Journal, Issue 4 published

An update on the many recent achievements of CeReNeM students can be found on their blog. Of special note is the publication of the postgraduate-led CeReNeM Journal, Issue 4 edited by Pedro Alvarez. This is an ambitious volume of articles by PhD students and early career researchers from across the UK, Europe and USA.

Please see below for news of staff publications, performances and premieres, conferences and public lectures as well as fantastic press for recent CDs and our own HCR label.

Enquiries: l.lim@hud.ac.uk