Commission from Uproar Ensemble to write a piece for flute (Joanna Shaw), clarinet (Michael Whight), soprano trombone, (Torbjorn Hultmark), percussion (Julian Warburton), harp (Manon Morris), piano (Siwan Rhys), electric guitar (James Woodrow), 2 violins (Miranda Fulleylove & Philippa Mo), viola (Fiona Winning), cello (Deni Teo), double-bass (Alan Taylor) & electronics (Bethan Morgan-Williams). Cond. Michael Rafferty.
The new piece – Devil’s Elbow – explores themes of love and violence; creation and destruction; unification and separation; and temptation. It uses language as the basis for generating both the pitch and rhythmical content, and aims to communicate an overriding impression of being torn as a consequence of the incompatibility of two paths. It is not kind – nor is it ambiguous – but, it is somewhat farcical and sometimes even playful.
Having begun touring Professor Bad Trip – a programme featuring music by Sarah Leanne Lewis, Kaija Saariaho, Tristan Murail, Andrew Lewis, Fausto Romitelli and Bethan – Uproar Ensemble sadly had to cancel performances in Caernarfon, Bristol and Montpellier due to the Coronavirus pandemic. It is not yet confirmed but hopefully, these performances will be rescheduled next year (2021). Watch this space!