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New feature documentary Seahorse to premiere at Tribeca

Seahorse feature documentary by Jeanie Finlay

Exciting news that the documentary feature I scored, Seahorse, is to receive its world premiere in competition at Tribeca. Directed by Jeanie Finlay and produced by Andrea Cornwell for BBC Storyville it is “one trans man’s pioneering quest to fulfil an age-old desire: to start his own family. This is the story of the dad who gave birth.”

It was a great pleasure to work with Jeanie on this documentary, which I scored for strings, piano, accordion, guitar and electronics.

Editor Alice Powell, executive producers Charlie Phillips at Guardian and Orlando von Einsiedel at Grain Media,  Sound Designer Pip Norton.

Phyllida Barlow documentary at the Royal Academy

Phyllida in her studio

I have just completed music for Cosima’s lovely and informative short film Phyllida, about the artist and her work.
The film coincides with Barlow’s fantastic new exhibition Cul-de-Sac at the Royal Academy and will be screened every Friday evening for the duration of the show.
Beautiful playing by Richard Curran and Jack Tait Westwell and music mixing by Rich Aitken. Also thanks to Sonica Studios for when I asked if I could prepare and record their piano responding with “sure, we’re always up for this kind of madness!”

Kamilla Arku performs my Suite for Prepared Piano for Borough New Music

Kamilla Arku premiered my Suite for Prepared Piano, volume 1 as part of her repertoire of new music on February 5th. The concert, which also included music by Lainie Fefferman, George Walker, Tania Leon, Virginia Seay and Lowell Liebermann, was part of the Borough New Music series, and also raised money for Music for Liberia. It was a wonderful concert and Kamilla played beautifully.

Recording session for new feature documentary

Fantastic recording session yesterday at Sonica Studios with pianist Yshani Perinpanayagam and guitarist Ned Roberts for several tracks I’ve composed for Jeanie Finlay’s new feature documentary, The Seahorse. Jeanie was so rock n’ roll she flew in and out of Nottingham to lay down some beautiful cello parts. Thanks to Mat and Paul for great engineering.

I’ve really enjoyed working with Jeanie and editor Alice Powell on this excellent film, for Grain Media and BBC.

 

Yshani on piano

 

 

Guitarist Ned

 

Jeanie on cello

Accordion features on the score

In competition — more festival nominations for My Friend the Polish Girl

More good news for My Friend the Polish Girl. It was recently nominated for the Michael Powell award at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, where it also had its UK premiere. I joined the directors Eva and Mateusz and actors Aneta, Emma and Darren for the festival and great fun was had by all. Sadly my short stay meant I didn’t get to see many films but my highlight was the powerful documentary Island of the Hungry Ghosts.

Following on from Edinburgh, My Friend the Polish Girl has been entered into the international competition of New Horizons Festival, Wroclaw, Poland, which takes place at the end of this month, and now the “Certain Regard’ competition at Gydnia Film Festival in September.

Suite for Prepared Piano completed and recorded

Kamilla Arku recording my Suite for Prepared Piano

I have recently completed my Suite for Prepared Piano, which I’d started during a weekend in composing isolation at The Tractor Shed before Christmas. The preparation for these pieces is fairly light — brass bolts are inserted between 14 strings, creating bell-like tones; blue tack is laid on several others, giving a plucked, stopped sound; most other notes sound as normal. The nine movements come to around 15 minutes, each one lasting between 45 seconds and several minutes.

I was lucky enough to have the wonderful pianist Kamilla Arku record the suite on a lovely Bluthner at Alice’s Loft studio. Engineering at this beautiful space were owner Denise Mangiardi, engineer Joe Wensley and assistant Antonio, who not only did a fantastic job but made the whole experience relaxed and enjoyable.

Kamilla will be performing this Suite next February in a concert series in London, so watch this space….

 

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My Friend the Polish Girl premieres in Rotterdam

 

My Friend the Polish Girl in Bright Future Competition
Last week I finished the last bit of music for My Friend the Polish Girl, a first feature film by Ewa Banaszkiewicz and Mateusz Dymek. Tonight it premieres at Rotterdam Film Festival, in the Bright Future Competition. I enjoyed creating an electronic, minimalist score for this film.  Best of luck and sorry I couldn't join you in Rotterdam Ewa and Mateusz! 
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Abdullah and Leilah completed

 

Last day of the sound mix at the fantastic Twickenham studios last week, and the film is all finished. Here I am with the wonderful Francesco Iannuzzelli (oud) and Omar Saad (viola) at Crypt studios recording the music

I really enjoyed working on this beautiful with director Ashtar Al Khirsan, editor Tracey Granger and sound mixer Doug Woodward. Looking forward to seeing it on the big screen!

Boiler House Singers concert – to include my choral composition ‘Star’.

Boiler House Singers winter concert
Boiler House Singers

The choir I run, The Boiler House Singers, will be performing our winter concert on 3rd December at 5pm at the lovely Prince pub in Stoke Newington, London N16.

Featuring guest musicians, Christmas cheer and the legendary audience singalong, this is one not to be missed!

We will be performing some of the repertoire we’ve learned this year, plus some Christmas numbers. There will also be a shortened version of my choir composition ‘Star’ – a world premiere in fact!

Upstairs at the Prince pub – 59 Kynaston Rd, Stoke Newington, London N16 0EB

 

 

Tara Creme – New pieces for prepared piano

New pieces for prepared piano

 

 

I’ve just spent a great few days in the Sussex countryside, composing some short pieces for prepared piano.

Screws and bolts inserted into the strings create bell-like sounds, accentuating the piano’s harmonics, and blue tack deadens the tone, making for a very percussive sound.

There was no wifi or mobile signal which was very refreshing and I got lots of work done! I’ll be back next weekend to complete the set of short pieces.