This Spring I will be working on a project with two superb, inventive musicians! I'll be writing a piece for Zoe Martlew (cello) and Ben Smith (Sound Icon), while playing the Sound Icon alongside them in Radulescu's Intimate Rituals and in an improvisation. This will all be part of Rolf Hind's wonderful 'Occupy The Pianos' festival.
Sound Icons are instruments created by the Romanian composer Horatiu Radulescu. Drawing upon Romanian Orthodoxy and Pythagorean mathematics, he upended grand pianos, stripped them of their mechanical components and retuned the strings to create a stark instrument with a unique sonority. The Icons are then bowed with rosined nylon to create a strange sonority rich in overtones.
I have some strange ideas for the piece – I look forward to sharing them with you!