The ‘cellist Seth Woods has recently joined the doctoral programme at Huddersfield after graduating from Masters studies at the Musik Akademie der Stadt Basel where he worked with Frances Marie Uitti and Lucas Fels. His research project is entitled Almost Human… Electric Chair Music about which he says ‘I am examining the physical and choreographic properties in new complexity works for solo ‘cello and electronics. From the information gathered in my research, I will create a notation system for string players which is influenced by William Forsythe and Rudolf von Laban. This notation will be used for restorative and archival purposes geared mainly towards ‘cellists interested in this area of music and movement and for dancers and cognitive scientists.’
He has a busy schedule of international touring ahead:
At the Beginning of November I will travel to NYC, Chicago, Houston, and Basel Switzerland to present solo concerts under the concert title ‘Thus Spoke His Tongue.’ The concert will feature premieres of commissioned and dedicated works to me by composers Fred Ho, Edward Hamel, Gilbert Galindo, Claudio Gabriele as well works by Scelsi and Anton Lukoszevieze. I will return to Basel in December to perform a duo concert with percussionist Brian Archinal featuring work by Carolyn Chen, Simon Steen Andersen, Ryan Carter and Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen.
To end the year I will embark on my second concert tour of China with the Kammerphilharmonie Bad Nauheim Orchester (Frankfurt, DE). I’m seriously looking forward to returning to China again after having toured there as soloist with orchestra back in 2009. Excitedly, it is worth mentioning that I will return to the US to give the American premiere of Chaya Czernowin’s brand new work for solo cello and organ titled Gradual Edge (2012) and then in the summer I will be in residence in Akiyoshidai, Japan to rework the 1972 fluxus work Ice Music for London which originally featured iconic cellist Charlotte Moorman.