Centre for Contemporary Music Practice (CCMP)
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The CCMP presents seminars and events related to contemporary musical practice and thought. The Centre is based at Brunel University, which has a rare concentration of contemporary music specialists on its academic staff. While many of the Centre’s activities focus on the work of its members, its seminars also provide opportunities to encounter the work of eminent composers, performers and thinkers from the UK and around the world. The Centre also offers seminars at the University of London in collaboration with the Institute of Musical Research. Recent guests include Peter Ablinger, Paul Griffiths, Clarence Barlow, Tom Johnson, Hans W Koch, François-Bernard Mâche, and Phill Niblock. The CCMP's current Artists-in-Association are Apartment House, Leafcutter John, and Piano Circus.
Dr John Croft (Director) is a composer and theorist. His compositional work includes many works for ensembles and soloists as well as a growing body of work for solo instrument and live electronics. His music has been played by many ensembles and soloists, including the BBC Philharmonic, the London Sinfonietta, the Arditti String Quartet, Ensemble Exposé, Studiya Novoi Muzyki, 175 East, Stroma, Philip Thomas, Matthew Barley, Richard Craig, Barbara Lüneburg, and Xenia Pestova. Awards include First Prize in the 2001 Jurgenson International Composers' Competition for his String Quartet and the the 2011 ICMA European Regional Award for his work ...ne l'aura che trema for alto flute and live electronics. He also writes on the philosophy of music; his current work is on music and ethics. http://johncroft.eu
Prof. Christopher Fox’s work has been performed and broadcast world-wide and has featured in many of the leading new music festivals, from the Amsterdam PROMS to the BBC Promenade Concerts and from St Petersburg to Sidney. He has worked with many of the world’s leading new music ensembles and soloists. In recent years he has established particularly close relationships with the experimental music ensemble Apartment House in the UK and with the Ives Ensemble in the Netherlands, for whom he wrote the evening-long ensemble installation, Everything You Need To Know(2000-1). Fox’s music is widely available on CD, with five portrait CDs on the Metier label, a portrait CD on the NMC label, and other recordings on Artifact, BVHaast, FMR, HatHut, Metier and NMC.
Prof. Peter Wiegold's works include Earth and Stars (October 2006) ensemble xx.jahrhundert, which director Peter Burwik, premiered in Vienna, celebrating 250 years since Mozart's birth. The Great Wheel, parts 1,2 and 3 London Sinfonietta and musicians from Uzbekistan, Glasgow/ London (2003), Brief Encounter National Opera Studio/ Southbank Sinfonia London (2004), Farewells take place in silence Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Birmingham (2004) the burden'd air for cello (Matthew Barley) and live electronics, (2006) at St Luke’s, LSO as part of the iF festival which also saw Peter direct cho cho forJapanese ensemble Tozai mixing trad and modern instruments (2006). Peter prepared and conducted a BBC Proms commission in July 2007. The work was entitled He is Armoured Withoutand was for the BBC Philharmonic, trumpet soloist Hakan Hardenberger, musicians from Uzbekistan, Coldstream Guards, plus 150 more brass players. More information about Peter's work can be found at http://www.wiegold.co.uk/
Carl Faia studied composition at the University of California at Santa Barbara with Peter Racine Fricker and Edward Applebaum, and the Royal Academy of Music in Denmark, on a Fulbright grant, with Karl Aage Rasmussen and Per Norgaard. Since 1995 he has been active as a live electronics designer and composer working at IRCAM in Paris, the CIRM in Nice then as a freelance artist. He has collaborated with numerous composers and artists to present new works with computer electronics in festivals throughout Europe.
Dr Bob Gilmore's publications centre around recent contemporary music in western and central Europe and north America. His work falls into the categories of composer biography, music theory and analysis, and the critical historiography of music. Bob's areas of specialism include American experimental music; microtonal and spectral music; and the new music scene in Ireland. He has published many articles on the theory and analysis of music based on alternative tuning systems, some of it following from the legacy of the American composer and instrument builder Harry Partch, about whom he published the first full-scale biography (Yale University Press, 1998). Bob has also written widely on spectral music, particularly on the work of James Tenney, Horatiu Radulescu and Claude Vivier and is currently completing a book on Vivier. He is interested generally in composer biography and in a “history of ideas” approach to the writing of contemporary music history. Bob is also deeply involved in the new music scene in his native country, Ireland, and has published many articles and CD booklet texts on the work of the younger generation of composers there. His recent research has been supported by grants from the British Academy and the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
Harald Muenz's music is being performed by important musicians throughout Europe, in South Korea and the US, amongst others by ensemble mosaik (Berlin), Ensemble Modern (Frankfurt), Apartment House (London), Alter Ego (Rome),musikFabrik (Cologne), Neue Vocalsolisten (Stuttgart), and the Berlin Philharmonics. His works have been heard at numerous festivals (among others at the Donaueschinger Musiktage) and have been broadcast nationally and internationally. He has received many bursaries and prizes, including the Research Grant NRW, Förderpreis Musik NRW, Bernd-Alois-Zimmermann-Stipendium Köln, and the Villa Aurora Los Angeles grant by the German Secretary of State. A portrait CD with his instrumental music played by ensemble mosaik funded by Kunststiftung NRW will be published in autumn 2011 with Coviello Classics; CDs with electronic music appeared under Cybele Records and Wergo, among others. The music magazine MusikTexte (vol. 103, Nov. 2004) focused on his work. He is also a member of sprechbohrer, a vocal trio performing speech sound art, which has realised the first integral performance of Hans G Helms's legendary Fa:m' Ahniesgwow (released as a Wergo 2-CD-box in 2011).
Dr Sarah Kingdom is an experimental pianist and inventor, building her own ‘Inside-out piano’ to resolve the issue of how to get inside the piano more easily. Sarah also works with interactive technologies, collaborating on new pieces with composers and technologists such as Atau Tanaka and Pierre Alexandre Tremblay. Sarah also continues with her busy concert career, giving world premieres such as Larry Goves’ Piano Concerto and Richard Barrett’s Mesoptamia, both with the London Sinfonietta and broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Sarah has received funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), the Brunel Research Initiative and Enterprise Fund (BRIEF) and Arts Council England and most recently wrote an article on Improvising with live electronics for the Leonardo Music Journal (LMJ20). See www.sarahnicolls.com for more details.
Dr Jennifer Walshe is a composer, performer and visual artist of whom the Irish Times has said that "without a doubt, hers is the most original compositional voice to emerge in Ireland in the last 20 years”. She studied composition at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and at Northwestern University, Chicago, graduating with a doctoral degree in composition in 2002. A winner of the Kranichsteiner Musikpreis at the Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik in Darmstadt, Germany in 2000, she returned to the Ferienkurse in July 2002 to lecture in composition. She was a fellow of the Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart between 2003 and 2004, and from 2004-05 she lived in Berlin as a guest of the DAAD Berliner Künstlerprogramm. In 2007 she was awarded a grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, New York and in 2008 received the Praetorius Music Prize for Composition by the Niedersächsisches Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kultur.