Subject: Percussion and electronics concerts
Date: Wed Aug 31 2005 - 07:22:10 EDT
The performer and composer Damien Harron and I are organising a series of
concerts in Britain with pieces for solo percussion and electronics to be
held in Spring 2006. The first concert will take place at the University of
York and the second concert will take place at Birmingham Conservatoire.
Some of the composers whose pieces will be performed are Kaija Saariaho,
Simon Hall, Damien Harron, Felipe Otondo, Vinko Globlokar and Martin Wesley
Smith. We are looking for people interested in producing this concert at
other institutions, with the possibility for new or existing pieces for
percussion and electronics to be played by Damien Harron as part of the
If you are interested, please reply to this email.
Ps. Below is Damien Harron' s CV.
Percussionist, Composer and Educator Damien Harron is a percussionist, composer and educator from Northern Ireland. As a member of the prize-winning BackBeat Percussion Quartet, he has performed many of his own works internationally at venues including: Royal Festival Hall (London) Queen Elizabeth Hall (London)?Bridgewater Hall (Manchester) St David's Hall (Cardiff)?Royal Concert Hall (Glasgow) Weill Hall, Carnegie Hall (New York)?Harare Arts Festival (Zimbabwe) National Tour of 14 major venues (Japan) ?Chautaqua Institute (USA) Marianischer Saal, Luzerne, (Switzerland) His (often kinetic and theatrical) pieces have featured in many of Britain's festivals including the Rhythmsticks Festival at the South Bank, Brighton Festival, Bath International Festival and Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. Damien’s most recent work is ‘Moving Bodies’ for Chamber Orchestra with prepared feet (all performers have a thin length of wood strapped to one foot). Damien studied performance and composition at the University of Huddersfield where he gained a first class degree and was awarded the Ricordi prize for the performance of contemporary music and the Governor's prize for achievement before continuing his studies at the Conservatoire National de Region de Rueil Malmaison in Paris. He has performed extensively throughout the UK and as far away as Zimbabwe, the USA and Japan, receiving numerous awards along the way. Specialising in the performance of contemporary music, Damien is a regular member of the groups The Cornelius Cardew Ensemble and Black Hair, and has also performed with many of Britain's other leading ensembles and orchestras. In 2002 Damien was invited to direct the Japan Percussion Society Ensemble at a performance in the Philharmonic Hall Osaka. He has appeared as a soloist at many venues and festivals including the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, the Late Music Festival (York), Warwick and Leamington Festival and the Waterford Festival of New Music (Ireland), playing virtuosic works that often incorporate elements of theatre. In March 2004 he gave the UK premiere of Vinko Globokar’s Ombre for singing drumkit player and electronics in the Electric Spring Festival, Huddersfield. An experienced educator, Damien was artistic director of Yuva Sangeeth (Youth Music), an intercultural project run by the Asian arts organisation Kala Sangam in 2002. He has undertaken numerous educational collaborations as a member of BackBeat Percussion Quartet, and has realised projects for many major festivals. He has composed many works that explore percussion instruments in a global context such as Sangam for solo tabla and percussion quartet that was commissioned in 2005 by the Warwick Arts Festival. Damien is tutor in percussion at The University of York where he also holds a PRS scholarship, studying with Roger Marsh for an MPhil in composition. ?‘The percussion work of Damien Harron was so vibrant and impressive’ - Michael O'Rourke, Munster Express ‘'[Harron’s] ‘Gear Train’ was the night's highlight, mechanistic but with heart and wit' - The Times
-- Felipe Otondo Music Research Centre Department of Music University of York York Y010 5DD Great Britain Tel: +44 1904 43 2446 http://music.york.ac.uk/mrc/ http://www.otondo.net
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