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Together with Yvonne Forbes I have published 'Percussive Perspectives' a book containing original graded compositions for snare drum, timpani and tuned percussion some of which were used nationally as part of the Guildhall School of Music percussion syllabus.
The book was born out of a need for progressive musical materials necessary for the aspiring percussionist and is divided into three main sections dealing with snare drum, timpani and tuned percussion. The compositions progress and include various playing techniques common to each section. For example, the gradual inclusion of various rudiments in the snare drum pieces, damping, pedal tuning and multiple drums in the timpani pieces, scale, arpeggio and three mallet work in tuned percussion and rolling in all areas.
Together with a separate pull out piano accompaniment booklet it is hoped that the student will approach these pieces as compositions rather than just studies which means musical interpretation is paramount.
Also included in the book are mini biographies of key percussionists in Britain each of whom have made their mark in the musical fabric of this country.
Les Sculptures Sonores
This 160 page volume traces the history and growth of the two pioneering French brothers Baschet who came up with a completely new way of combining sculpture and sound. Some small, some over 20 feet high and incorporating glass rods, metal cones, wires, inflatable resonators and much more. This book is many things, not only Fracois Baschet's fascinating account of his life and travels, with amusing anecdotes detailing meetings, working relationships and friendships with major forces in the art world such as Jean Cocteau, Yehudi Menhuin, Edgar Varese, Pierre Sc haeffer, Henri Lazarof, Ravi Shankar, John Cage, David Tudor and Toru Takemitsu, but a complete description and technical analysis of the instruments, their research and chronological development.
Star Song is suitable for choirs ranging from junior to senior school and adults (SSA). It is an original composition using words inspired by Calvin Millers' book The Song. It has been used in many Christmas celebrations and festivals and was performed at the Royal Albert Hall as part of a Christmas Celebrity Concert in 1995. There are instrumental backing parts for: keyboard (synth), bass guitar, guitar (rhythm), percussion and drum kit. A recorded performance can be supplied by way of a demo.
R e c o r d i n g s
New British Music Vol 1.
FMR AVANT CD35-0996 £10.99 GBP. The CD NEW BRITISH MUSIC VOL 1 includes my piece ‘Close your eyes and see...' for orchestra.
The CD also includes works by: Elizabeth Lutyens - Elizabeth Maconchy - Alan Bullard - Alan Parsons - Trevor Taylor - Eric Hudes - Nicola Ellis & Phil McGovern
Recorded at Walthamstow Assembly Hall London. 24-11-1996
The FMR Recording Orchestra
leader: Sarah Freestone
conducted by Andrew Parmley
The score for ‘Close your eyes and see...' is available for sale and parts are available for hire .e-mail for details
'Close your eyes and see'... is dedicated to all those who suffered the insufferable at Auschwitz 1 and Auschwitz/Birkenau concentration camp during World War II.
The title is a fragment from the speech given by Nobel peace prize winner and survivor of Auschwitz and Buchenwald concentration camps Elie Wiesel at the International Monument to the victims of Fascism, Auschwitz/Birkenau on January 27 1995 to commemorate 50 years of the liberation of the camp.
Although the initial inspiration for the piece was Auschwitz, one should not forget the millions who perished in hundreds of other camps in Germany and Eastern Europe in what was surely the darkest period in the history of man.
The aim of the piece is to explore and present in an approachable form, some aspects of contemporary orchestral music to semi professional and youth orchestras.
The piece was written in 1995 the year of the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. Musically it explores textural ideas, some of which are found in the music of Polish composer Penderecki, for example string clusters, ad lib tempo sections and instruments at their extremes of register.
Mark Allaway - Saxophones & Flutes, Malcolm Ball - Drums & Percussion, Paul Downing - Electric Bass Guitar
The idea behind this album was to record a number of loosely arranged compositional concepts. In such a way that the musicians involved had just enough supporting structure to keep the momentum of free improvisation going throughout the recording session.
It was hoped that each improvisation would have a distinct identity whilst belonging to the general gestalt of the project.
Fly by Wire (Kate Cuzner)
I joined flutist Kate Cuzner in the production of this eclectic album of original compositions by Kate with:
Kate Cuzner, flutes, sax, keyboards
Malcolm Ball, drums
Alastair Gavin, piano, keyboards
Bernard O'neill, bass
Compos Mentis. Na (Kate Cuzner & Malcolm Ball))
Malcolm Ball, Ondes Martenot, Percussion
Kate Cuzner, Flutes, Piano, Live Electronics
Aurigami (formerly Na) creates an Electric and immersive mix of improvised music using acoustic, analogue and digital sources.