Projects and Research Presentations
PARCNorthWest (Practice as Research Consortium Northwest) - The Broader Context: Inter-disciplinary Projects, Synergies and Critical Inquiries
View this presentation on Vimeo
Manchester Metropolitan University - 'Composers in Collaboration with Performers: Exploring
Collaborative Processes Between Composer and Performer' - April 13, 2011.
'Composers in Collaboration with Performers: Exploring Collaborative Processes Between Composer and Performer'
*This research (both the above presentations) focused on, from the composer’s perspective, the collaboration between composer and performer. The aim was to write idiomatic and experimental contemporary music adhering to the character of the clarinet by employing extended techniques within its extreme parameters. The outcome was a new composition for solo clarinet which has later been revised and entitled Sonorization for Solo Clarinet.
As a researcher, I had chosen to write a composition for the clarinet in order to enhance my knowledge of the instrument and to further my understanding of the nature of the instrument. In doing so, I had written original, idiomatic, contemporary music adhering to the character of the clarinet by exploring its extreme parameters and writing excerpts using techniques unique to its capabilities.
*To view the score, refer to 'List of Works' in the menu and for further details refer to 'Resaerch- The Pieces' in the menu.
Creative Arts and Creative Industries: Collaboration in Practice Conference - Manchester Metropolitan University - 'Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Practice: Exploring Interactive Processes (Music, Dance and Poetry) - June of 2013.
Music Research Forum - Royal Northern College of Music - May 2011.
The Legend of Tarifa
(flute, violin, double bass, acoustic guitar and voice)
"This project is an interdisciplinary, collaborative, multi-cultural arts project and theatrical micro-performance combining theatre, poetry, classical and ethnic music, and dance. It is a tale of magic and mermaids, love and betrayal, inspired by the passion of Flamenco and Andalusia."
Natasha Smith -Poet
University Of Manchester
As the composer for this project, I was contacted by creative writer Natasha Smith with a view to collaborating on a long cherished project of hers. Given the proposal she made to me, I not unusually sought immediately to modify her ideas.
"I found it very useful and challenging on the basis of this cross disciplinary interactivity. It was ultimately more inspiring for me and highly influential in terms of how I generated and shaped the musical material for this project. Frequently, whilst writing the music in stages to allow the negotiating of various segments with the dancers, I had to accommodate their ideas regarding the choreography and incorporate new material on that basis. Reciprocally, they were given information about the music, i.e. tempos, form, style, and mood so as to give them more precise ideas for shaping their own materials. These multiple meetings that took place during the developmental stages of writing proved very effective in the sharing and combining of new, original ideas and in that it provided a certain degree of flexibility and ease with which they found they were able to work."
Gillian Menichino - Composer
Royal Northern College of Music