snapshot of score of Invisible Cities

Invisible Cities for trumpet, trombone and orchestra

Good afternoon! Welcome to my web site, where you can find out about my music, and listen to some of it, as well as my various other ventures over the years.

The first movement of the new orchestral version of my 1977/85 Trumpet Concerto (for trumpet and brass band) is complete. The second, slow movement — dedicated in memoriam Duke Ellington who had recently died when I wrote it, with the soloist playing a flugelhorn and featuring bits of Ellington’s lovely Mood Indigo floating in and out of the textures — is slowly progressing, although I do seem to have got a bit stuck for the moment.

So by way of a break I’m doing a new MIDI mix of Double Entendre, using the much better brass and piano sounds now at my disposal. Watch this space!

Psychoyogi News

(For newcomers to this site, along with the activities described here, I also play fretless bass guitar in Psychoyogi — see my Biography.)

The ‘live’ videos of four of our songs have been well received and appreciated. These were not in front of an audience, hence my scare-quotes, but we did play and record in real time — it was all done in our drummer Jonas’s bedroom! It was good fun, if a little tricky to negotiate the stands for three mics, three cameras and three lights in a very confined space — but we managed. They’re all on YouTube: Therapy Session, The Magic Tellingbone, Happy Family and Evening Call.

The recent gigs at our two most familiar venues — Biddle Bros. in Hackney and the Birds Nest in Deptford — both went well. And we’re back at Biddles again on Friday 9 March (details to follow). After that we’re off to Shropshire! On Saturday 7 April, we’re playing at the Hermon Chapel Arts Centre in Oswestry. By all accounts, someone from there found our stuff on line, they all liked it and asked us to play, which is great! Really looking forward to that one — by far our furthest-flung gig to date.

Our current album, Shrine, is still available to download and listen to on iTunes, Spotify and Amazon (among others?).

Older News

Apart from all that, naturally, this web site: explore my works, read my biography, keep track of your harp pedal settings, and see what’s on the various other pages. You can also get in touch with me via the Contact form. And for those with a taste for historical technical curiosities, there’s even a page about my NotaFile document — and the document itself.

As well as listening to my MIDI recordings on this site, you can visit my channels on YouTube and SoundCloud to hear the same MIDI realizations of eight of my works, and see the same YouTube videos as you can see here, to get a glimpse of the scores (in most cases). These pieces are available: Hall of Mirrors V, Bebop, lovesongs, The Bossa Nova Variations, Return of the Son of the Bebop Variations, Variations on a Theme of George Harrison, Music for an Imaginary Ballet, Five Pieces for Saxophone Quartet and a little musical joke called Porterstraum.

Also on the Listen page is my standard disclaimer about MIDI recordings, and a note about browser compatibility with the players for YouTube, SoundCloud and plain MP3s embedded in these pages.

And in case anyone’s wondering, what I’m actually looking at in that photo is not the score of Invisible Cities, but a large owl perched on my wrist.