HCMF Shorts 2009

Jonathan Sage

"Minimal and minimalist are two similar words but with very different musical meanings"

 Line-up of new artist strand revealed

Posted on 20.07.09

Six artists have been selected for this year's HCMF Shorts, the festival's one-day showcase of emerging talent. The international line-up of composers and performers was chosen from a record number of applicants and includes instrumental soloists, electroacoustic musicians and two student ensembles. On 23 November each will perform either work of their own creation or a fresh interpretation of existing contemporary pieces. The concerts take place in Lawrence Batley Theatre and the atrium and Phipps Hall of the Creative Arts Building, University of Huddersfield, and admission is free.

Here are the six successful artists and their planned HCMF Shorts programmes:

Richard Uttley, piano

Joe Cutler, Clavinova Music
Thomas Adès, Traced Overhead, op.15
Chris Willis, Burning Up

Originally from Huddersfield, Richard Uttley graduated in music from Clare College, Cambridge in 2008 and now studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He won the 2006 British Contemporary Piano Competition and has released two CDs . His HCMF Shorts performance features three recent British pieces centering on various manifestations of ecstasy.

"Over the last few years I have dreamt of getting a chance to play at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. I grew up in Huddersfield, where I studied with Ian Buckle, and went to HCMF concerts during my time at Greenhead College."

G Douglas Barrett, A Few Silence

G Douglas Barrett is an American PhD candidate and teaching assistant at the University of New York, Buffalo. His music has been performed in settings ranging from festivals and concert halls to galleries and streets, by artists including The Barton Workshop , FLUX Quartet , Christine Tavolacci and Mark So .

"A Few Silence is a piece in which the very site of performance becomes the subject of documentation. In it performers create ‘live' written transcriptions of the sounds of their surroundings and then perform their respective scores using various instruments and objects."

Jonathan Sage, clarinet

Richard Glover, Bi-linear
Steve Reich, New York Counterpoint

With an MA in performance from the University of York, Jonathan Sage has toured Ireland with a solo programme of contemporary clarinet music and appeared at festivals throughout the UK and Europe, as well as acting as concert soloist for orchestras including the London Mozart Players .

"Minimal and minimalist are two similar words but with very different musical meanings. Steve Reich is a giant of 20th century minimalist composition, taking minimal musical ideas and manipulating them in a repetitive way. New York Counterpoint is written for 11 clarinet parts, with the performer pre-recording and multi-tracking 10 accompanying parts and then playing over the top. Richard Glover's Bi-linear, although not minimalist, is a piece with minimal pitch and rhythm content."

Ignacio Agrimbau, Anatomy of the Self II and III

Born in Buenos Aires in 1977, Ignacio Agrimbau studied composition with Manuel Juarez and Michael Finnissy . In 2005 he founded the experimental ensemble Hola, and is currently working on a commission for the choir EXAUDI.

"Anatomy of the Self is the name given to a performance/recording project based around the electronic elaboration and manipulation of originally acoustic material, which is usually half-improvised. The pieces presented here are based on Oud and Ma-Wu performances with added drums."

Workers Union Ensemble

David Ibbett, New Work

Contemporary music group The Workers Union Ensemble comprises current and ex-students of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. David Ibbett is currently completing his Masters in composition at Guildhall.

"Our collaboration focuses on the enlargement, refinement, reorganisation and intensification of the ensemble's sound via electronics. Through juxtapositions and dialogues between the instruments and their recorded selves, an extended timbral palette is created with increased scope and technique and texture, creating a world which is rich yet unified."

CR:ACC Ensemble

Christian Wolff, Burdocks

Formed by four music students at the University of Glasgow, the CR:ACC Ensemble perform contemporary compositions, free improvisations and works with indeterminate scores, often incorporating electroacoustic and multimedia elements.

"Christian Wolff 's seminal work Burdocks was first performed in August 1971, and consists of ten sections. Whilst it is the most performed of his indeterminate scores, Wolff's output is rarely heard today."