2021

Untitled mixed-media piece
Double bass and video
15 minutes
Composed for James Banner (performance in preparation)

Unwept Tears
A radiophonic work with narration.
Accordion, oud, udu, sampled voices.
5 minutes.

Improvised Bodies
With Lin Li
A remote-collaboration in sound and image
15 minutes
Premiere at the Royal Musical Association Music and/as Process Conference 25-26 June 2021

2020

Listening to a Boat of Memories
Interactive installation, sound tracks.
15-20 minutes depending on audience.
First iteration: Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, 4 March 2020

Teatime! (Did you think I was here to make the tea?)
Piano, saxophone, sampled kitchen equipment
5’54 minutes
Teatime! will be part of the programme of MicroActs 8 on Thursday 24 June 2021 at Hotel Elephant, London.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Be water, be light

A radiophonic work.
Piano, oud, soprano saxophone, singing bowl, sound track
6’30 minutes


The whale that danced despite everything
Double bass and piano
8 minutes

2019

He tells her
Setting a poem by Wendy Cope.
Voice, oud and marimba
4 minutes.
Premiere: Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, 4 March 2020
Phoebe Rayner, Rachel Beckles Willson, Tom Hall.

Song for another world
Original text.
Voice, String Quartet and oud
12 minutes.
Premiere: Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, 4 March 2020
Victoria Armillotta, Blair Taylor, James Young, Christopher Newton and Jakub Zalewski; Rachel Beckles Willson

2015-2016

Sing no Sad Songs for Me
Setting poems by Christina Rossetti
A song cycle for voice, oud, bowed tanbur, Indian tabla and double bass.
35-40 minutes.
Premiere: St Ethlburga’s Centre, London, June 30 2018.
Documentary film:

1. A Pause of Thought
2. Sing no Sad Songs
3. Fata Morgana
4. Waiting for Mother
5. Yet a While
6. Echo
7. A Pause
8. Smile and Forget

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Works composed 2011-2013 are creative studies in Ottoman genre and modality.
The Ottoman genre ‘Semai’, follows a particular usul (metre) in 10/8, which is divided 3-2-2-3 for all sections except the penultimate, which is typically in 6/4, 6/8 or 3/4.
The modes are strictly codified in terms of pitch and development.
‘Saz’ means ‘instrument’, and they can be played in any combination or by a soloist, provided the instrumentalist can articulate the microtones.

2011

Acemasiran Saz Semai
Any instrumental combination
3 minutes.

Guldeste Saz Semai
Any instrumental combination
4 minutes.

2012

Acem Kurdi Saz Semai
Any instrumental combination
4 minutes.

2013

Mahur Saz Semai
Any instrumental combination
4.5 minutes.

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