Pero’s Bridge (2011)
String Orchestra • Trinity String Ensemble, conducted by Nic Pendelbury (Recorded live at St George’s Church, London, 15th March 2011)
Trailer and behind-the-scenes rehearsal footage from an ongoing collaborative project On The Roof. The footage is taken from our piece Hot Pot, an ever evolving exploration into the results of collaboration, focusing on the relationship between sound and movement.
Three-Part Suite for Jazz Orchestra
Will Scott, alto saxophone, flute; Steve Mathers, tenor saxophone; Greg Sinclair, baritone saxophone, bass clarinet; Jonny Murray/Mike Soper, trumpet, flugelhorn; Adam Tyas, trombone; Ed Ashby, tuba; Signe Lykke, voice; Elliot Galvin, piano; Louis Thomas, double bass; Lizy Exell, drums; Matt Gordon, director
(Recorded live at Blackheath Concert Halls, 21st May 2012)
Photos from the most recent LSPO performance which took place directly outside Laban Dance Centre.
We were playing for the Olympic Torch relay which was passing through that morning.
Here are three photos of the London Soundpainting Quintet (part of the London Soundpainting Orchestra) performing at the Nonclassical Battle of the Bands which took place Thursday 17th May, at The Macbeth in Hoxton. (Photos courtesy of Nonclassical)
We came third place in the event (which included Tansy Davis + Matthew Barley as guest judges on the panel) with first place going a performance of Luciano Berio’s Sequenza III (for female voice). However, Nonclassical have asked us to participate in other upcoming projects so more lies in store.
There was a film made of our performance by some of the lovely people at Emerging Species and possibly other photos taken. Watch this space…
My final/end-of-year Master of Music (TrintyLaban Conservatoire of Music & Dance) recital. Featuring the premiere of “Triptych”, a suite for jazz ensemble.
• Will Scott (*/Ω) : Alto Saxophone + Flute
• Stephen Mathers (Ω) : Tenor Saxophone
• Greg Sinclair (*/Ω) : Baritone Saxophone + Bass Clarinet
• Jonny Murray (*) : Trumpet + Flugelhorn
• Mike Soper (*/Ω) : Trumpet + Flugelhorn
• Adam Tyas : Trombone
• Ed Ashby (Ω) : Tuba
• Signe Lykke : Voice
• Elliot Galvin (*/Ω) : Piano
• Louis Thomas (*/Ω) : Double Bass
• Lizy Exell (*/Ω) : Drums
• Matt Gordon (Ω) : Director
Monday 21st May, 11am. Blackheath Concert Halls.
£Free + open to the public.
Musicians become musicians because they have a passion and a talent. They also have high levels of self-discipline and perseverance. To become a professional musician takes a lifetime of work. Most will have started playing by the age of ten: at that age, you might practice half an hour a day, but as you improve that soon becomes an hour, then three, then five hours (that’s per day, not week, on top of your schoolwork). By the time you’re at music college – if you’re one of the very tiny minority who make it through the highly competitive audition process – you are likely to be practising six or seven hours a day, in addition to a daily schedule of rehearsals and classes.
The pressure is relentless and doesn’t end with your graduation recital. Except for the most utterly exceptional, the life of a musician is a perilous journey, through…
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Extended extracts : http://youtu.be/6qQwwi8f4HU
Here is a new promotional video of the Prinz Achmed Orchestra, a project I’ve been involved with for the past few months. The footage is from our most recent gig (curated by Autumn Shift) at Hackney Attic/Picturehouse on March 10th, 2012.
The Prinz Achmed Orchestra plays a live score (composed by violinist/composer/PAO bandleader Andrew Gorman) & Theo Vidgen to Lotte Reiniger’s 1926 classic ‘The Adventures of Prince Achmed’.
More performances coming soon. Stay tuned…
Here is a new piece of mine for chamber orchestra. Recorded a few weeks ago at a church in Greenwich. Conducted by Gregory Rose.
Autumn Shift’s Tilt-Shift Cinema presents an extraordinary night of film, dance and music: Lotte Reiniger’s THE ADVENTURES OF PRINCE ACHMED (1926) is the earliest surviving animated feature film, set to an innovative live composition by the Prinz Achmed Orchestra (composed by Andrew Gorman + Theo Vidgen). A re-imagining of the Arabian Nights Tales though beautiful hand-cut silhouettes, it’s a mind-blowing feat of early cinema.
Come and enjoy this immersive infusion of magic, mystery and monsters, also featuring the entrancing tribal bellydance group La Zingara, a programme of animated shorts (inc. BAFTA winning and Oscar nominated ‘A Morning Stroll’) and a DJ (for kicks and dancing!).
Film starts at 9pm. Hackney Attic • Directions
£8/ £7 Concs / £6 Members.
Here some photos of the Prince Achmed Orchestra, an ensemble led by Andrew Gorman, performing a live score (composed by Gorman and Theo Vidgen) to Lotte Lotte Reinegger’s masterpiece, Die Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed in the Autumn Shift tent at Standon Calling festival (August, 2011).
Andrew Gorman, violin + glockenspiel (leader); Catherine Ring, percussion; Matt Gordon, electric guitar; Theo Vidgen, keyboard; Tim Karp, banjo + flute.
We will be performing the score again (live to the film) on Saturday, 10th March at Hackney Attic, London. 7pm.