UPDATE: you can now hear the recording of the premiere of Advices and Queries here
I’ve been talking to Stephen Preston, Baroque flautist and improvising musician, about a piece for his ensemble, Trio Aporia. When we met recently for a pint, which neither of us was supposed to be drinking, we had a too-short conversation full of sparky ideas and good humour. I love this free association of ideas in the early stages of a commission, where both parties throw a load of ideas at a wall, and see what sticks. Stephen and I are both keen on a collaborative approach to the piece, and I thought it would be interesting to record the development process here.
Actually, we almost immediately centred on an idea connected with silence and listening. A couple of years ago, some friends took us to the Quaker meeting one spring Sunday at Brigflatts, one of the oldest Quaker meeting houses in the world. It was not far from…
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