Robert Phillips

Electroacoustic and Chamber Music Composer

Distractfold Ensemble performs Shindō no su in Manchester!

January 19, 2013

I’m excited to announce the first ever Robert Phillips United Kingdom premiere!  Having never had a piece performed in the U.K., I was thrilled to hear that Mauricio Pauly and Distractfold Ensemble are putting in some serious effort to give the U.K. (also EU) premiere of Shindō no su, for flute, bass clarinet, glockenspiel, keyboard + laptop, violin, viola, and cello. Also exciting about the premiere will be the featured guest conductor, Carlos Amat of the Nomos Ensemble, from Valencia, Spain.


Distractfold Ensemble

On Thursday, January 31, 2013, at 7:30 p.m., at the Anthony Burgess Foundation in Manchester, the Distractfold Ensemble will interpret Shindō no su alongside one of my favorite pieces by Gerard Grisey, Talea, and Jospeh Hyde’s video work, Vanishing Point. As if the concert weren’t already interesting enough, the NYC-based MIVOS Quartet will be offering a program for the other half of the concert, and will interpret works by Felipe Lara (Brazil), Mauricio Pauly (Costa Rica/UK), Alex Mincek (US) and Olivia de Prato (US).

Additionally, I was very happy to hear that one of my all-time favorite flutists, Richard Craig, will be performing on flute during Shindō no su. Last year I fell in love with his 2011 CD release, INWARD, which featured works by three terrific composers and good friends of mine: Evan Johnson, Domink Karski, and Malin Bång. I was deeply impressed by the continuity and flow of the CD, which functions beautifully as a start-to-finish album and is a brilliant contribution to the album medium.

I’m really looking forward to this all-star concert, and can’t wait to hear Distractfold’s interpretation of Shindō no su.


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