July 2018, New York City Tom Torrisi will perform Nocturne No. 1 (for guitar and electronics) at the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival.
Five Duets Premiere
February 9th 2018, Bristol Five Duets for violin and viola, based on five Liz Larkin paintings will be premiered by Mandhira de Saram and Richard Jones (of the Ligeti Quartet). This piece was commissioned to celebrate the birthday of the Bristol-based artist Liz Larkin.
Joby Burgess will premiere a new piece for percussion and electronics. The piece will be developed collaboratively over the week of the Cheltenham Music Festival as part of their Composer Academy scheme.
Nocturne No. 1 Performance
Monday 15th May 2017 Montréal, Canada
Orphée Russell will debut his performance of Nocturne in an afternoon recital.
Echoic Memories Performance
Tuesday 18th April 2017, 7pm Victoria Rooms, Bristol
September 9th 11:15pm Radiophrenia 87.9fm Glasgow and online
My podcast (a Nocturne about Nocturne and Nocturnes) will be broadcast on radiofrenia, a temporary art radio station broadcasting from Glasgow's Centre for Contemporary Arts between 29th August and 11th September
Haiku for Calumet Street Premiere
Wednesday 1st June 8pm Recital Room, Victoria Rooms
Rosy Moore will premiere a new piece setting a Haiku by Basho for harp. The piece is a gift for Nat & Shari.
Surrounded by a thick foliage of cedars Your house stands Pregnant with Autumn - Basho
Sunday 29th May St. Luke's, London
Dave and Rachel's wedding day finally arrived and Phil Burnett played the organ voluntary he had asked me to write. It is a fanfare to celebrate the signing of the register. It was a beautiful service and we all had a lovely day!
Books That Will Be Read
Sunday 15th May, 1:15pm, £5/£4 St. George's Hall Crypt - tickets
In this concert (which forms part of the festival Bristol New Music) David Bevan will perform Books That Will Be Read (horn, piano resonance and tape) in a concert showcasing the University of Bristol's CMV Concert Series.
Ken Luk will debut his performance of Nocturne for guitar and electronics.
Noster Cetus Performance
Wednesday 20th April, 1:15pm Lord Mayor's Chapel, Bristol
A revision of Noster Cetus for small female choir and soprano solo expanding a 12th Century chant will be performed at Bristol's Lord Mayor's Chapel by the University of Bristol's Schola Cantorum (dir. Emma Hornby) and Cora Bethke (sop. solo).
Thursday 25th February, afternoon Victoria Rooms, Bristol, 2pm
Ensemble Varianceswill workshop my new quintet written for them. We will be working closely together on the piece in an open rehearsal with opportunity for discussion after. Those at the workshop are invited to a performance on Saturday 27th at 5pm
A short podcast about my guitar+electronics piece - Nocturne - will be broadcast on ResonanceFM. This documentary was written, presented and produced by myself and musicologist David Fay and features Tom Torrisi's recording of the piece.
Thursday 23rd April, 8pm Victoria Rooms, Bristol, free admission
CMV 2015 will programme Impromptu, a new piece for oboe and vibraphone.
Performance of Nocturne
Sunday 29th March Hatch Hall, Rochester, New York, 9pm
Tom Torrisi will perform Nocturne. This performance will be streamed live here and further details are here.
Thursday 12th March HuMPA, Plymouth University
A research seminar including performance of extracts of my work in progress for saxophone and electronics focusing on how the music relates to Dr. Katherine William's research interests. Katherine has commissioned the piece, is working alongside me in the composition process and will give the premiere.
Monday 12th January, 1pm Victoria Rooms, Recital Room, Bristol
As part of his short residency in Bristol Tom Torrisi will perform a recital of (mostly) 20th Century guitar music. Including Britten's fabulous Nocturnal and Rak's Elegy (homage a Sibelius) alongside my very own Nocturne. Footage of this concert can be seen here.
RMA Research Student's Conference
Thursday 8th January, 8pm Victoria Rooms Auditorium, Bristol
Tom Torrisi will perform Nocturne for guitar and electronics in a newly conceived diffusion version, the performance will be followed by a panel session discussing the work.
Monday 1st December, 9:30am Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY Three Rituals on Metal performed in a master class for the Amadinda Percussion Group by members of the Eastman Percussion Ensemble (Brant Blackard, Chris Demetriou, Connor Stevens, and Sam Um).
Performance of my new work Nocturne followed by informal Q&A. Tom Torrisi (guitar)
Guitar Studio Concert
Tuesday 18th November Ciminelli Lounge, Rochester, N.Y.
Tom Torrisi will premiere Nocturne for guitar and electronics.
Bristol University Music Festival: Composer's Concert
Thursday 12th June, 5pm Auditorium, Victoria Rooms, Bristol
Performance of Short (&) Suite for violoncello
CMV Concert Series Concert II
Wednesday 2nd April, 7:30pm Auditorium, Victoria Rooms, Bristol
Players from the CMV Concert Series will premiere a new commission: a percussion quartet for metal instruments only.
Monday 24th February, 3:30pm Victoria Rooms, Bristol
As part of the festival 'Bristol New Music' (February 21st - 24th see www.bristolnewmusic.org) the fantastic ensemble musikFabrik will workshop and perform a new piece - Sextet (flute, horn, tuba, violin, viola and cello).
New Music in the South-West Concert 2
Sunday 9th February, 6pm Recital Room, Victoria Rooms, Bristol
Players from the Bristol Ensemble will perform my new piece for piano, cello and electronics - Echoic Memories. For more information see http://www.nmsw.org.uk
03.05.17 Toward Composing... Having left it a year since the last update a lot has changed. Primarily, I have transitioned from a PhD student getting paid to write music to a Dr of music who isn't!
Finishing the PhD was great - stressful but immersive and I learnt a lot. The final flagship piece - Concerto for Orchestra and Percussion Solo went very well and work is afoot to get the thing premiered.
Finding / developing new projects is what consumes my time now along with teaching, copying, recording and editing.
In the meantime here is something else I make when there isn't music to write... Chess_Sets.
chess set made from Scottish Nordmann Firs (Christmas trees)
03.05.16 Back to Composing...
Birthing a new piece has many stages - the composition process often feels like the smallest part of it, and along with much stuff to do to get a piece out in the world there are all the other things composers do in their 'portfolio' career. The very start of this year involved a lot of composing but then followed a busy period of the other. Most of it has been fascinating. In particular, getting involved in the OHO Project has been very rewarding and my latest podcast for Pod Academy discusses this project through the lens of a new piece by my good friend and colleague Benedict Todd. You can read more about the podcast series on the Arpa Productions website.
Now though I have chance to get back into a cold, dingy room with a piano and desk to crack on with my (rather behind schedule) Concerto for Orchestra and Percussion Solo!
10.02.16 Switching headspace!
AM: Typeset Line Drawings (new quintet for Ensemble Variances)...
Noon: Print and prep parts for Noster Cetus (first rehearsal today for a concert organised yesterday!)...
Afternoon: Rehearse Diminuendi with Katherine Williams for iFIMPaC performance and lecture recital next week...
Evening: Back in the studio refining / road-testing software for my new piece Books That Will Be Read (rehearsal tomorrow for premiere next week)...
This is not the best way to work!
29.01.16 So I think I have a horn piece?
Horn+electronics piece very nearly done (premiere Feb 17th).
Quintet for Ensemble Variances definitely started (deadline 12th Feb!).
Teaching underway (met the students on Monday - they seem a lovely bunch!)
iFIMPaC performers found (performance of Nocturne and Diminuendi on 11th March) - very excited to be working with Diego Castro for the first time and delighted that Katherine Williams will be playing my piece for sax again.
Updates to Short (&) Suite score based on workshops with Okeanos cellist Heather Bills almost ready as is the live recording.
Percussion Concerto bubbling but on the back-burner for the minute by necessity.
The next podcast for PodAcademy is brewing nicely - interviews scheduled and some prose taking shape.
All good stuff but it feels like a lot!
25.11.15 What's next? What's next? What's next?
After a quiet summer, winter is suddenly here! I've been keeping my head down working through the myriad complications of my large percussion score. It is simply taking me ages! But progress is being made and I hope against hope to have it completed soon.
All of a sudden next year's commitments are piling up. I'm very excited to part of a project with percussion and harp duo Sticks & Strings called 'The God Complex'. Lots of composers from the U.S. and U.K. will be writing pieces inspired by Greek Gods for a series of summer concerts.
I have lots of podcasts to make for PodAcademy who have commissioned a series based on the pilot I made about my piece Nocturne. These will be drip-released in the new year. This is a relatively new part of my creative output which I'm excited about - there are lots and lots of mistakes to be made and learnt from!
Aside from all this the everyday continues - I'm looking forward to teaching for University of Bristol again starting in January and the write up process for the PhD will shortly begin in earnest. I expect to submit in the late summer (THAT FEELS SOON!).
28.07.15 Harp/percussion workshop & Bridgewater Hall Open Day
Over the last two days I've been in Manchester with harpist Rosanna Moore and percussionist Trevor Bartlett. Primarily to learn all about the harp by workshopping a new short piece based on a Haiku and discuss a potential project for 2016 writing for both players as a duo. After a great session (that included a sneaky close up look at a huge, old, beautiful cimbalom) and a great dinner, the next day was spent at Bridgewater Hall. Rosy is spending the summer working for the Piccadily Symphony Orchestra and they arranged a 'Marvellous Musical Museum' open day, including concerts and events primarily aimed at outreach. It was a great example of what a positive influence classical music and musicians can be. The events were so many and varied it was a shame I had to leave before sampling them all but I particularly enjoyed the storytelling concert featuring klezmer influenced music by my good friend Dan Kohane.
07.07.15 Quiet time of the year... so get busy!
Having reached the summer months there are many fewer demands on my time from the academy. This is not to be taken for granted! I've taken some holiday, started playing cricket on weekends and am now geared up to get on with some serious writing. Four pieces to write this summer - a small exploratory piece for harpist Rosanna Moore, a sextet, some brass music and of course the imperious prospect of finishing my percussion concerto for Drew Worden. Lots to do, but I have the luxury of time in which to do it.
27.05.15 Critical Waves on ResonanceFM
Having taken part in the inspiring study days called Critical Waves created in partnership between ResonanceFM, ICA and Birkbeck I have produced a podcast about Nocturne. Those of us selected for the course each made 10 minute radio shows presenting what we do. Mine is a creative response that hopefully delves a little under the skin of what the piece is about and how I might reasonably expect different types of audiences to respond. It will be broadcast on ResonanceFM (online and in London at 104.4FM) but you can take a listen at any time here. This project allowed me to collaborate once more with David Fay who I've worked with a lot in the past and which was, as ever, great.
28.04.15 Ending projects and what's next?!
This last week has been busy! Thursday was the premiere of Impromptu for oboe and vibraphone, Sunday was the premiere of Diminuendi for Saxophone + electronics and yesterday I gave 7 hours of tutorials to cap off my taught unit in composition at the University of Bristol. All went very well. The weekend in Plymouth was really productive and pleasant. Working with Katherine Williams to get the concert together was productive and rewarding and spending some downtime at the seaside and in a lovely B&B was great. I've returned refreshed and excited for the next thing/s. Tomorrow will be the first composing day for a large scale percussion work for Drew Worden that I'm very excited about.
27.03.15 Critical Waves: two day course on dissemination through radio
Yesterday was the first of a two-day course about the unique possibilities of radio. It was fascinating! The event is called Critical Waves and is a collaboration between Birkbeck, the ICA and Resonance FM and is supported by the AHRC. The end-point is for all of those selected for the course to produce a short podcast for dissemination and perhaps broadcast by Resonance FM. Excited for the next day and to get on with creating mine... lots of ideas bubbling!
13.03.15 Variations... Preview at Plymouth
Yesterday I was in Plymouth giving a seminar on my work in progress for saxophone and electronics. It was a really useful session - great questions and comments that clarified a lot of ideas around the piece. Now to oboe and vibraphone - workshops and rehearsals starting next week.
05.02.15 New commission, teaching, studio producing... but carry on composing!
The CMV Concert Series have commissioned a new work for percussion and woodwind to be premiered in April... very exciting stuff. Last week I began teaching a full undergraduate unit in composition at the University of Bristol - I had no idea about the level of admin involved but the teaching started well. It was a great experience that was more fun than I perhaps expected... this composition lark is easy! The studio production of Nocturne is coming along - slow progress at the moment as time is stolen between trying to get some new dots on the page for my sax piece (deadline all too real now!) and teaching... I heard a neurologist on the radio explain that multi-tasking in any true sense of the word doesn't exist but that our brains rapidly flit between tasks. I feel quite flitty at the moment!
15.01.15 Phew... After an exhausting start to 2015 I'm now taking a few days in London. Not exactly off work (I have to plan a composition unit I am teaching from Feb) but with a lighter schedule including going to see the Master's snooker last night! Anyway, I am delighted to report that the RMA Research Students' Conference was a great success, academically and spiritually! Tom has left today after an insane ten day stay having performed my piece three times (once as part of an incredible solo recital of 20th/21st Century music) and committed his version to a studio recording. Once edited it will be available to stream.
On to the next thing... a change of head-space to the world of saxophones.
19.12.14 Performing and Recording Nocturne Following a funding award from the Britten foundation and Eastman School of music guitarist Tom Torrisi will be heading to Bristlol for the RMA conference in January. We have a full schedule that includes developing a new diffusion version of my new piece Nocturne which will be performed in the conference concert. Tom will also perform a solo recital after the conference is over and lead a master-class with guitarists studying at Bristol before we make a studio recording of the new piece.
Will be an intense period... lots to do but I'm really looking forward to it.
16.12.14 Work Progressing on Piece for Sax Today was the first of two workshops this side of Christmas with Dr. Katherine Williams who has commissioned a piece for sax and electronics. This is an unusual commission that asks me to tie her research interest in the paradox of recording improvisations into the piece. So far she has been marvellous to work with and the project is proving to be a lot of fun. Premiere scheduled for early spring.
14.12.14 Three Rituals performed in Workshop Had some great feedback from the Eastman Quartet who played my percussion piece Three Rituals on Metal in a masterclass with the Amadinda Percussion quartet. Very exciting that this piece is getting played in my absence! Now to get a recording.
6/8/2014 Eastman Residency My residency at Eastman is possible thanks to an award made by the WUN through their Researcher Mobility Programme. This scheme places emphasis on personal growth through exposure to new cultures and research ideas whilst forming ongoing relationships with a wider array of colleagues than would normally be expected of someone at an early stage of their career.
To this end one of the most exciting aspects of my residency is the work that will take place after it has finished. A core part of the trip will be establishing connections to undertake legacy projects with the musicians I meet in the coming months. This is the primary way that the residency can benefit a wider array of students, musicians, audiences in Bristol, U.K., Rochester, U.S.A. and perhaps further afield... fingers crossed for collaboration!
Arthur Keegan-Bole is a composer of contemporary classical music for instruments and electronics. Alongside and in addition to his compositional activities he runs ARPA Productions (a not-for-profit production company) and EAR (recording classical music). To find out more, click the logo.