snapshot of score of Variations on a theme of George Harrison

Variations on a theme of George Harrison for septet

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4 July 2021

...and the coronavirus crisis rumbles on, though a little less virulently as more of us are getting our jabs (I had my second a few months ago now), but do please continue to stay well and safe...

Yee-ha! Perfect Stranger rides again! I now have a band consisting of these excellent people: Adam Bishop and Mick Foster (saxes, clarinets, flutes), Shanti Jayasinha (trumpet and flugelhorn), Tom Green (trombone), Alcyona Mick (piano), Eddy White (guitar), Rob Millett (vibes and percussion), Paul Michael (bass) and Gary Willcox (drums) with me conducting — and they’re fantastic! In between lockdowns we’ve had a number of rehearsals, sectional and full, on Life and Times and other material, which went very well. And even better, they really seem to like the music! The challenge remains though of finding times when suitable combinations of these good people are available to rehearse. Not easy, but I won’t be deterred, because this is too good to let it drop. Planning to work towards making an album titled ‘Unfinished Business’, because that’s exactly what it is. Watch this space!

Well that didn’t last long! (no, not Perfect Stranger...) Having discovered recently that the recording of my Concerto for Trumpet and Brass Band (Richard Marshall, Grimethorpe Colliery Band, Elgar Howarth) was still available after all, sad to say it no longer is.

PsychoYogi News

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

Not much to report really, as everything has been more or less on hold for a while now. We still get together now and then to rehearse for any gig that might happen to come along (we had one cancelled just recently — ho hum).

My own Kapadokya, which grew out of one of the tunes I originally wrote for The Europeans back in 1995, has developed somewhat and is now a semi-established part of our repertoire. This is, as far as I know, the first non-Ramsing composition PsychoYogi has ever played! That said, we’re not playing it at the moment and I’ve developed a more, er, developed arrangement for Perfect Stranger.

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 (former?) drummer Jonas Golland’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.

I put ‘(former?)’ before Jonas’s name above because he has followed other directions. Instead we have the excellent Ravi Low-Beer behind the kit, so all is well drummer-wise!... except that since I wrote that sentence Ravi is now also snowed under with other commitments, so we’re working with the excellent Arnold Lane on the traps. But neither Ravi nor Jonas is ruled out for future collaboration.

The 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 a number 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:

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 Variations on a theme of George Harrison, but a large owl perched on my wrist.