LSO JERWOOD COMPOSER+
A 16-month residency supported by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation, the LSO Jerwood Composer+ scheme gives composers the opportunity to write for, produce and programme concerts with the London Symphony Orchestra.
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My first concert, a cross-genre collaboration between contemporary music and spoken word, HUH, took place in March 2018 and formed part of the Barbican's OpenFest 2018 as well as the LSO's Spring season.
The line up included composers Errollyn Wallen and Ayanna Witter-Johnson, as well as poet Salena Godden. The concert also saw a collaboration with Lyrix Organix, featuring music and spoken word from their latest EP UnFold EP 2 and their artists Sophia Thakur, Laurie Ogden and Solomon O.B.
Amongst this unique programme of contemporary music, spoken word and visual art, I presented my latest work The Letter, for LSO Ensemble, live sound installation and spoken word. Conducted by George Jackson, The Letter features a new poem by Salena Godden by the same name, which has recently been published in Godden's latest collection of poetry Pessimism is for Lightweights (Rough Trade Books).
Read a little more about HUH in my LSO blog post here.
Following a sold out show of HUH in March, the concert was later programmed at The Albany later in October 2018, as part of their 'No Place Like Home' Migration Festival.
My second LSO Jerwood concert focused on female form through music, dance and film.
First up music by Kaija Saariaho from her ballet Maa opened the concert with electronics and ensemble featuring acclaimed harpsichordist Jane Chapman. Sohrab Uduman's Breath Across Autumnal Ground performed by Chapman featured visual art by Jon Barraclough, which introduced the evening's film element.
Next, idol lost, a new work written by myself accompanied by a dance film, shot in August 2018 in Bangalore, India. The film is my directorial debut and features Indian contemporary dancer Hemabharathy Palani.
Quinta's Themistocles is Captured and Oliver Coates' Innocent Love moved the music towards electronica and ambient techno, with stunning choreography from Patricia Okenwa and movement by Piedad Albarracin Seiquer and the fierce House of Absolute.
The evening ended with a final work CONTOUR written by myself featuring dance and words by dance artist Alexandrina Hemsley.
Visit the LSO's YouTube channel to watch the live capture of CONTOUR and the evening's performances.
KAIJA SAARIAHO | Selections from Maa
SOHRAB UDUMAN | Breath Across Autumnal Ground
JASMIN KENT RODGMAN feat. HEMABHARATHY PALANI | idol lost (world premiere)
QUINTA feat. PIEDAD ALBARRACIN SEIQUER | Themistocles is Captured
OLIVER COATES feat. FAYE READER (HOUSE OF ABSOLUTE) | Innocent Love
JASMIN KENT RODGMAN feat. ALEXANDRINA HEMSLEY | CONTOUR (world premiere)
Jane Chapman harpsichord
Quinta musical saw
George Jackson conductor
Pasha Mansurov flute
Oliver Pashley bass clarinet
Paul Stoneman percussion
Colin Alexander cello
Hemabharathy Palani dancer / choreographer
Patricia Okenwa choreographer
Julia Cheng (House of Absolute) choreographer
Faye Reader (House of Absolute) dancer
Piedad Albarracin Seiquer dancer
Alexandrina Hemsley writer / dancer / choreographer
This concert was also in partnership with Attakkalari Centre for Movement, India and supported by a grant from the Arts Council England.
Many thanks to the Jerwood Charitable Foundation and the London Symphony Orchestra for their support.