January 7, 2015

Exercise #1: To move from one end of a room to the other, shedding our skin as we go.  I lower myself to a crouching position, feeling the cool wooden floor beneath my fingertips.  My breathing is anxious.   I feel myself pulled flat and begin to crawl slowly forward,...

October 5, 2014

The following is a presentation I gave at the sonADA pilot event at Seventeen on Belmont Street, Aberdeen on 4 October 2014:

 

When I was first asked to present at this seminar I was rather thrown by the initially proposed theme – “what does it mean to...

June 9, 2013

Last Thursday’s Shostakovich Undressed event was really quite a spectacle.  It’s hard to imagine that anyone could combine Shostakovich’s turbulent chamber symphony in C minor with spoken word, electroacoustic responses and burlesque dancers…yet, somehow it worked.  I...

December 30, 2012

For the last few months I’ve been doing solo piano gigs about once a week at the Carmelite Hotel in Aberdeen.  I took on the job knowing that the pay was rather less than the going rate for live musicians (the Carmelite pay £50 for a 3 hour performance) – but given the...

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