Residency at the Galicia Jewish Museum, Krakow
10 Oct 2018 12:00 noon
I am currently artist-in-residence at the Galicia Jewish Museum in Kraków, Poland, thanks to British Council & Arts Council England support. The project I'm working on is about the process of reconnecting with my ancestral homeland (my family was from Kalisz, central Poland). Specifically, I'm researching what life would have been like for a Jewish family here around the time of the pogroms, when my great-great-grandparents came to the UK, and comparing that with the experience of Jews living in Poland today. This will culminate in a set of new music I'll be writing for a new trio with Warsaw-based musicians Waclaw Zimpel and Hubert Zemler. Check the dates page for details of performances.
New track: Palingenesis
1 May 2018 12:00 noon
Last week, on Earth Day, I asked my fellow Earthlings to send me photos of the sky wherever they happened to be. I received pictures from all over the world: snapshots of our corner of the universe as viewed from a boat on the Thames, a beach in Sydney, northern Poland, six different American states, Bali, Mexico City, all over England, Amsterdam, Cairo, southern Spain, Dublin, Sweden, Brazil, Cyprus, Luxembourg, Paris (the one above, by Peter Mallett), Warsaw, Hamburg, Italy, Wales, the Faroe Islands, Russia and other such far-flung places.
Collectively, these images (for me at least) express the infinite diversity of the cosmos as well as its underlying unity. We all share the same ever-changing sky, yet each person's view of it is different.
The video I made with the photos is for my new track "Palingenesis", the title of which can be considered to mean a "recurrence of birth", as in the following passage from Joseph Campbell's book "The Hero With a Thousand Faces":
"Only birth can conquer death - the birth, not of the old thing again, but of something new. Within the soul [...] there must be [...] a continuous 'recurrence of birth' to nullify the unremitting recurrences of death."
The term itself can be traced back to the Stoics, who used it to refer to the continual re-creation of the universe.
This track is a particularly big deal for me in that it's the first one I've composed, performed, recorded, produced, mixed and mastered myself. Teaching myself how to produce my own music over the last couple of years has been a pretty steep learning curve - and I still feel near the beginning of this - but I’m at a point where the desire to share work is starting to out-weigh the frustration of feeling like a novice in this respect. Moreover, working solo means this is arguably my purest musical expression to date; if it's different from anything I’ve done before, I think it's because I'm getting closer to what I imagine “my” music to be.
Watch the video above, and download it free (or pay-what-you-want) here.
Sefiroth at Marchland
25 Jan 2018 12:00 noon
Read about Sefiroth's upcoming performances in my latest newsletter here.
25 Jan 2018 12:00 noon
My favourite music released in 2017:
November 2017 news
11 Nov 2017 12:00 noon
Read about my upcoming projects, including a unique London Jazz Festival double bill and the return of Sefiroth, in my latest newsletter here.