Stuff's beginning to happen.
I've written a book about Brighton, Coming and Going: part memoir, part psychogeography (whatever that may be), part history, occasionally fiction. George the Fourth, Dusty Springfield, seagulls, Edward Carpenter and my brother Jamie, Le Gateau Chocolat, Biba, bungaroosh, Heile Selassie and Max Miller, flint penises, Wartz, Elizabeth Robins,Fatboy Slim, Gandhi, Ranji, caroline Lucas, vegan fish and chips..... Essentially it's a sequence of stories, but at the same time it's fascinated by the relationship of past and present, of fact and fiction, of the urban landscape and the natural world. You can order a copy here.
I've made the music for Light Towers, an installation by the artist Bruce Munro at Paso Robles, Sensorio, California. The music, a loopable a cappella 20-minute piece, featuring the voices of Sarah Gabriel, Sianed Jones, Rebecca Askew, Sian Croose, Melanie Pappenheim, Hazel Holder, Jeremy Avis, Manickam Yogeswaran, Ben McKee, Jonathan Williams and Jonathan Baker, is a recording, but we will occasionally do live performances with 69 singers.
I'm working with the choreographer Luca Silvestrini on a site-specific piece En Route (Protein Dance Company). Woolwich July 27-31.
I'm working with the composer Gabriel Prokofiev and the viol consort Fretwork on Albion, a sequence of arrangements (you could call them cover versions, you could call them remixes) of all kinds of British songs and instrumental pieces, from Dunstaple to Purcell to Elgar to Holst to Delia Darbyshire to Napalm Death, and beyond. We've asked a group of frisky composers and producers to contribute versions - so far Sarah Dacey, Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian, Ewan Campbell, Blasio Kavuma, Sally Beamish, Yfat Soul Zisso, Max de Wardener, Genevieve Murphy, Talvin Singh, the Mad Professor. The first performance will be at Dartington on July 26. There's an introductory video here, made by the excellent Sam Stadlen of Fretwork.
Weather The Storm, an opera with a libretto by Lucinda Jarrett and Chris Rawlence, based on the thoughts and experiences of stroke survivors, their carers, doctors and nurses, is the latest manifestation of Stroke Odysseys, made in collaboration with Garsington Opera. The first performance will be at Garsington on July 30.
We've also worked with the video maker Magali Charrier on a short film Learn From Us. Watch here.
I'm working with John del Nero on Ready To Drop (Artichoke), a sound installation on the basketball court near the i360 in Brighton. August 22-26.
I've written a post Listen Hear about the idea of composers 'hearing' music, and what that might mean.
I've just written a piece C-DanCe (The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments), a dance of death and life, for four tromba marinas. A tromba marina is an instrument with one string which only plays harmonics. It sounds like a cross between a trumpet and a chain saw. Wonderful. The first performance will be at the National Centre for Early Music in York this autumn.
And I've written a piece Erthe toc of Erthe for Joglaresa. First performance soon!
Voice Project: Last year The Voice Project made a film Arc of the Sky, a bird’s-eye view of Holy Trinity Church, Blythburgh, known as the Cathedral of the Marshes, and the landscape it sits in, the Blyth estuary and the coastline. The film explores themes of flight, perspective, scale, solitude and connection. I've contributed twelve short songs about skylarks, and a setting of the wonderful poem Freedom by Peter Levi. There will be a live version later this year (we hope). We are currently working together on a new project The Distance Between Us.
When we lurched out of the first lockdown, I was thinking about the fate of the amateur choir, and wrote a little post Covid Choral.
Thirty years on.......Man Jumping's albums Jumpcut and World Service are up on Spotify. Jumpcut, and two albums of remixes by Khidja, Bullion, Gengahr, Reckonwrong and William Doyle, is available on vinyl from Emotional Rescue.
The bell-ringing project Ringing The Changes (artconnexion), in collaboration with the artist David Ward, Charminster, Dorset, was scheduled for July 2020. Now scheduled for......when?
Somewhere in the far distance, beyond Covid-19:
I've started work on an opera based on Shirley Jackson's wonderful, scary, hilarious novel We Have Always Lived In The Castle, libretto by Timothy Knapman, directed by Orpha Phelan. Find out more at the website.