CeReNeM Postgraduate Newsletter [January 2015]

Here are the recent updates from the University of Huddersfield’s CeReNeM postgraduate community:

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Kee Yong Chong

On 20 January Kee Yong had a mini portrait concert with Belgium excellent Hermes Ensemble at their new home “deSTudio” Het Kanaal (Wijnegem). (See images above and below)

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Score extracts by Kee Yong: IMG_201366045061149


Latest events from Clara Maïda

BRUNEL UNIVERSITY – London, January 15, 2015, Centre for Contemporary Music Practice. My seminar / Presentation of the series  / SHEL(L)TER. IRCAM – Paris,  January 17, 2015, SUPERFLUX and / et ENTRETEMPS journals / Psychoanalysis and music / Colloquium “Musicians’ correspondences and musical creation”, My intervention: “Shocks and knocks, analysis and catalysis”.


Motion Capture Research at Zurich University of the Arts – Seth Woods

Seth Woods will be presenting Motion Capture Research on Lachenmann’s Pression at a symposium on Gesture, HCI, Machine Learning at Zurich University of The Arts, Jan 26-28th, 2015.

Seth Woods

TEDx Conference in Costa Rica – Linda Jankowska

Linda Jankowska will be going to Costa Rica at the end of Feb to play at the TEDx conference, as a part of Mauricio Pauly’s talk. See link for details:


Royal Northern College of Music Festival of Brass – Andrew Baker

Andrew Baker premiered his recent brass band work ‘atrium phase’ at the Royal Northern College of Music Festival of Brass on Saturday 24 January performed by the Foden’s Band, conducted by Michael Fowles, alongside works by Edward Gregson, Andy Scott and Bramwell Tovey. The opportunity arose as a result of the work winning the Foden’s Band inaugural composition competition in September 2014.

Further information can be found on the RNCM website: Screenshot 2015-02-03 20.11.35

CeReNeM Postgraduate Newsletter [September-October 2014]

PhD Student Basar Under Awarded ‘Best Music’ at the 51st Antalya Film Festival


Basar Under has been awarded the Best Music Award at the 51st Antalya Film Festival for his music in the film ‘Song of My Mother’.

Basar speech on the night: ” I dedicate this award to the memory of my dear father whom I lost ten days ago, many thanks to jury and friends.”

The movie “song of my mother” was awarded for four categories:

best first movie (director: erol mintas)
best actor: feyyaz duman
best supporting actor: aziz capkurt
best music: basar under






The trailer to the award winning film:

The awards ceremony video can be found here:

The movie was also awarded at the 20th International Sarajevo Film Festival for the best movie and best actor. Here you can find the info about the movie:

Distractfold Ensemble awarded the Kranichstein Music Prize

DFE10Distractfold Ensemble has been awarded the Kranichstein Music Prize. They convinced the jury with their outstanding performance/work in terms of quality and impact.

Ashley Fure (Composition / USA) and the Ensemble Distractfold (Interpretation / UK) were awarded the 2014 Kranichstein Music Prize. The prize, founded in 1952, is awarded to one current composition and one interpretation presented at the International Summer Course for New Music, selected by an independent jury, comprising the music journalist Carolin Naujocks, the composer Hannes Seidl and the accordionist Eva Zöllner, as outstanding in quality and significance. In 2014 the prize sum is 6000 Euros, divided equally between the winners in the two categories Interpretation (ensemble or soloist) and Composition.

Upcoming performances by PhD student Diego Castro Magas

Diego Castro is a performer from Chile. He is a classically trained guitarist, currently championing new repertoire in both classical and electric guitar.

Diego is a third year PhD student in Contemporary Performance under the supervision of Philip Thomas at CeReNeM (University of Huddersfield). Also, he is studying electric guitar under the guidance of Daryl Buckley.

Upcoming performances:


Further performances next term:

  • January 26, talk and concert in Brunel
  • Jan/Feb TBC, talk, concert and workshop in Durham
  • February 20, Electric Spring Festival (premiere of Cassidy’s The Pleats of Matter for solo electric guitar)
  • March 19, lunchtime concert in Huddersfield alongside tracensemble

PhD composition student Daniel Portelli winner of the Winston Music ECF commission

Daniel photo guitarDaniel Portelli’s performance at Soundstreams Emerging Composers Forum in Adelaide on 4 November 2014 won him the Winston Music ECF commission of $1500 for his piano multimedia work, Mapping Australia (2014). Performed by Gabriella Smart, the concert was recorded to be broadcast on ABC Classic FM’s New Music Up Late program on 29 November at 10:30pm. He was also asked to write a new work for the Soundstream Collective.

Daniel recently represented Australia as the Young Composer Representative at the Asian Music Festival 2014 in Tokyo and Yokohama from 1-7 November 2014.



CeReNeM Postgraduate Newsletter [August 2014]

FETA Prize in Sound Art 2014 Awarded to Huddersfield Alumnus Nicolas Bernier
Nicolas_wordpressWith 35 blind submissions from 8 countries in the Americas, Nicolas Bernier was selected as the 2014 winner of the FETA Prize in Sound Art for his work frequencies (synthetic variations). Full information about his award and frequencies (synthetic variations) can be found here.

Video demonstration of frequencies (synthetic variations):

Beavan Flanagan’s Grillo at Northern New Music Encounter + Commission as part of Feeding Music – Music for EXPO 2015 Competition in Milan
In addition to participating in daily roundtable discussions and leading a workshop, Beavan Flanagan will have his violin solo Grillo premiered by Mira Benjamin on the 7th of August at nu:nord‘s annual Northern New Music Encounter — a collaborative workshop hosted each year by members from one of their participating countries. This year’s festival location is Oslo, Norway. Incoming PhD candidate Mira Benjamin is co-founder and organizer of the event. Mira will also be presenting a second performance of Grillo on the 17th of August in London at LimeWharf.

Beavan has been chosen as one of 50 finalists of the ‘Feeding Music’ competition associated with EXPO Milan 2015 and will write a work for the Divertimento Ensemble to be premiered inside the Italian Pavilion of EXPO Milan. more info

Chie Tsang Lee Selected as Finalist for the Young Rapee Sagarik Competition Prize.
chietsangviolaChie Tsang Lee was recently selected as one of six finalists for the Young Rapee Sagarik Competition Prize at the Tenth Annual Thailand International Composition Festival 2014. His piece, ‘Interfusion IV-Variegation of Colour’斑驳的色彩, for viola solo was premiered at the finalist concert on June 28th at the Mahidol University College of Music, performed by Leah Gastler, and explores the correlation between Chinese calligraphic materials and musical gestures.

Chikako Morishita – New Collaborations, Estonian Premiere and CDs
Chikako Morishita together with Two New Duo starts a new project ‘Multiple Sounds and Matter’. Two New Duo is a Basel based duo by Ellen Fallowfield, a rising cellist/researcher known as the builder of Cello Map—a practical resource exploring a physical plan for producing sounds on the instrument—and Stephen Menotti who appeared at CeReNeM workshop series in 2011 as the Hübner/Menotti/Hynes trio and showed intense performances. The collaboration seeks connections and contrasts between multiple sounds: multiphonic, complex and multi-layered sounds, and matter: a focusing in on the substance and the essence of a single sound at its most basic level. The three will work in workshop phases over the summer and the resulting piece will be presented in Two New Duo’s concert program throughout Europe in the 2014/15 season.

Morishita’s new work The Silence for alto flute, bass flute and orchestra was premiered by Vanemuise Symphony Orchestra with the soloists Maarika Jarvi and Monika Mattiesen on 6 June in Tartu, Estonia, as part of the 13th Estonian Composers Festival. The festival concerts were broadcast on Eesti Raadio with artists’ interviews including Morishita’s on Eesti Televisioon.

Morishita has been selected as one of four participants for the workshop with Martin Iddon and Distractfold at Darmstadt Summer Course 2014. Her new piece for e-guitar and string trio will be developed in close collaboration with the ensemble under the guidance of Iddon, and performed during the summer course.

Two new releases from HCR and Enrou Records:

House of the sleeping beauties for five musicians, premiered by ICARUS ensemble at hcmf// 2012 from HCR

tokage for 13-koto given a world premier by Nobutaka Yoshizawa at hcmf// shorts 2011 from Enrou Records.

Alumnus Tamara Friebel Awarded Postdoctoral Position
Dr.  Tamara Friebel (PhD, 2013) has been awarded a postdoctoral position at the University of Graz. The project involves an interdisciplinary  collaboration with mathematicians Prof. Dr. Karin Baur, Prof. Dr. Gerhard Eckel and Prof. Dr. Klemens Fellner analyszing and developing new uses of mathematical structures in music and architecture. The project is funded as ‘unconventional research’ of the Karl-Franzens-University Graz for three years with a grant of €180,000.

Rodrigo Constanzo – Jazz North Commission, dfscore System, Distractfold Ensemble
DFE10Rodrigo Constanzo has recently been awarded a commission from Jazz North to complete a dynamic score software system for composing for improvisers. The first performance of the system will be on the 18th of September in Manchester at The Noise Upstairs, and will feature : Richard Craig, Linda Jankowska, Anton Hunter, Sam Andreae, and Constanzo. More information about the dfscore system can be found here.

In addition to his commission, Constanzo will be performing with Distractfold Ensemble in August as one of the ensembles in residency at the 47th International Summer Course for New Music hosted in Darmstadt, Germany.

Daniel Portelli’s Mapping Australia Undulations
Daniel Portelli’s piano work Mapping Australia (2014) for piano, electronics and video score was accepted to be performed at Soundstream: Adelaide New Music Festival. The work will also be part of the event “Playing with Fire” at the Music Now Symposium performed by the Australian pianist Tamara Anna Cislowska on the 30th of August at Performance Space, Kingswood Campus, University of Western Sydney. Daniel is also the Australian representative at the Asian Composers League Young Composer Competition at the 32nd Asian Composers League Conference and Festival, 2-7 November, 2014 in Tokyo, Japan with the performance of his piece Undulations for two soprano saxophones.

The score for Mapping Australia is in the form of a website which you can find here. Press releases for Undulations can be found here and for Mapping Austalia here.

Michael Baldwin collaborates with les trombones de bâle
After an initial workshopping session in April with Basel-based trombone quintet, les trombones de bâle, Michael Baldwin returned to Basel, Switzerland in June for the premier of his piece, this is about much more than hearing. les trombones be bâle (comprised of Kevin Austin, Stephen Menotti, Jon RoskillyMike Svoboda and Juna Winston) performed Baldwin’s piece alongside composers William Doughtery, Jon Roskilly and Vinko Globokar on June 19th at various venues throughout Basel. The ensemble will be presenting pieces by the same composers on the 12th of August at an OpenSpace showcase at the Lichtenberg Schule in Darmstadt, Germany. Between pieces, Michel Roth and Mike Svoboda will be demonstrating the mechanisms of lip-multiphonics on the trombone.

this is about much more than hearing:

CeReNeM Postgraduate Newsletter [March-May 2014]

Pedro Alvarez, hcmf// Commission and Artist Residencies in Vienna and Mexico in 2014
After finishing his PhD in Huddersfield in Feb 2014, Pedro Alvarez has had a number of international successes. He is currently Composer-in-Residence in Vienna, hosted by the Austrian Chancellery and KulturKontakt. This project has entailed performances including a sound-installation he is preparing for an exhibition with artists from around the world at the Chancellery. Dr. Alvarez also has been invited to give a Guest Lecture about his work at the University for Music and Performing Arts of Vienna in June. Other upcoming projects include an hcmf// commission to be premiered by Ensemble CrossingLines from Barcelona. From July through September 2014, Pedro Alvarez will be hosted by the Mexican Arts Council for an artistic residency in Querétaro, Mexico.

Huddersfield Postgraduate Composers/Performers in London and Huddersfield
16On the 3rd of May Huddersfield-based composer-performers Michael BaldwinAndy Ingamells and David Pocknee joined London-based composer-performers Louis d’HeudieresElo Masing and Charlie Sdraulig plus visual artist Jammie Nicholas and flautist Ilze Ikse for an evening of experimental music and art at Hundred Years Gallery in London. The concert featured brand new works from the composers, text scores from experimental stalwarts George Brecht and Alison Knowles, white noise, and a large sheet of spandex. Photographic documentation of the event can be found here.

The three Huddersfield musicians presented a subsequent concert entitled Whistles Go Woo in Huddersfield at Coffeevolution on the 10th of May featuring works focusing on whistling pieces written by Michael Baldwin, David Pocknee, Pat Alison, Any Ingamells and Lucie Vítková.

Performances from ‘Weisslich’:

Michael Baldwin – whistles whittling
Performers: Michael Baldwin, David Pocknee

Andy Ingamells – How To Explain Songs To A Jellied Eel
Performer: Andy Ingamells  Link to video
David Pocknee – Pieces From @textscoreaday and Fluxus
Performer: David Pocknee  Link to video

Seth Woods Granted Francis Chagrin Awardseth alessandrini
Seth Woods, alongside Joanne Armitage, Michael Betteridge, Ryo Ikeshiro, John Lely and Artur Vidal, has recently been granted funding through the Francis Chagrin Award. Thanks to Sound and Music’s Francis Chagrin award, Seth’s allocated funds will go directly towards offsetting the fees for acquiring the transducers needed to create his latest project in collaboration with composer Patricia Alessandrini, Bodied Chambers for Cello, Electronics and transducers. More information on the project can be found here.

‘Trying out the feedback system in Huddersfield, with Seth using only his voice and body to excite the instrument – all sound in the audio example emanates from the ‘cello and Seth’s body” (Patricia Alessandrini):

Bodied Chambers from Seth Woods on Vimeo.


Huddersfield Postgraduates Present an Installation at Huddersfield Open Market
IMG_0690On May 31st, a group of Huddersfield postgraduate students staged an installation at the Huddersfield Open Market. The installation aimed to bring sonic awareness to the everyday sonic phenomena present within the Huddersfield open market and further sought to engender a greater public engagement with the communal activity of hearing. Artists participating in the installation included Michael Baldwin, Alexander Grimes, David Pocknee, and Pablo Vergara. The Installation was supervised by Prof. Peter Ablinger. Photographic documentation can be found here.

Video of Pablo’s piece:

Chris Watson & Jez Riley French Workshops/Presentations
On the 19th – 21st of May Hali Santamas hosted a workshop with sound recordist Chris Watson and sound artist Jez Riley French. In the talks, students heard two very different approaches to field recording with some surprising, mesmerising and in some cases terrifying results.

Dawn Chorus-1On the Tuesday morning participants met up bleary-eyed at 3.15am to drive to Blackmoorfoot reservoir to record the dawn chorus with Chris Watson. Students were sent out into the woods armed with location recorders, shotgun microphones, DPAs and a parabolic reflector. Two hours later all had some great recordings of one of the best dawn choruses in the world (according to Chris) and some pretty big bags under their eyes.

That evening Jez Riley French’s ‘Score for Listening #31’ was performed by the composer together with Michael Baldwin, Elias Alvarez, Ryoko Akama, Phil Maguire and Hali Santamas. The performance was ‘one of the most successful realisations of my photographic scores‘ according to Jez. The performance was recorded and may be released as part of a free online collection of Jez’s ‘Scores for Listening’ series.

On the final day of the residency participants traveled up into the moors near Marsden and down to the canal on campus to do some field recording with Jez’s contact microphones and hydrophones. Field recordings included fence wires, under water plants and bugs.

Ensemble Discord Workshop and Huddersfield CeReNeM Composers Collaboration
The CeReNeM/Discord Workshop Collaboration was a student-initiated collaboration between composers from the University of Huddersfield and performers of Discord Workshop (students from the Manama (Advanced Master Course in Contemporary Music Performance) programme: an advanced Masters course in solo contemporary performance at Ghent Conservatory, Belgium, together with Ictus Ensemble (Brussels) and Het Spectra Ensemble (Ghent). The trans-institutional collaboration focused on fostering a creative environment for musicians at early stages in their musical careers to freely exchange musical ideas and culminated in two concerts of especially composed works in both Huddersfield, UK (24 March 2014) and Ghent, Belgium (17 April 2014). Composers from Huddersfield were: Michael Baldwin, Girilal Baars, Marc CodinaBeavan Flanagan and Chie Tsang Lee. Performers from Discord Workshop included: Nico Couck, Corey Klein, Pieter Lenaerts, Tomoko Honda and Takao Hykutome.

Michael Baldwin – this is not natural
Performers: Corey Klein, Pieter Lenaerts, Tomoko Honda

Chie Tsang Lee – ‘Interfusion V’- A Song For Herh (2014)
Performers: Corey Klein, Pieter Lenaerts, Tomoko Honda, Takao Hykutome

Phil Maguire Brings Ensemble Shackle to Huddersfield
Early May (9th-10th), Dutch improvisation duo Shackle (Anne La Berge – Flutes/Electronics; Robert van Heumen – Laptop instrument) came to Huddersfield to conduct their Converging Objects workshop. The workshop explored interaction and integration between electronic and acoustic musicians who improvise. Shackle use a computerised ‘third performer’ in their work. The system acts as a prompter, throwing up cue words that Anne or Robert improvise around. They can also veto prompts, so their music can get very hectic very fast. Shackle wrapped up their visit with a concert in Phipps on the evening of the 10th.

Diego Castro and Marc Codina Attend NUNC!
10276323_638221709600407_2131470086_nCeReNeM postgraduates Diego Castro and Marc Codina were recent participants at the NUNC! (Northwestern University New Music Conference) held at Northwestern University, USA. Castro presented his paper “Brian Ferneyhough’s Kurze Schatten II: Towards an auratic model of performance practice”, which explores Walter Benjamin’s concept of traces in Ferneyhough’s guitar piece, evaluating its possible impact upon performance. Castro also participated in an open masterclass with Ferneyhough looking at the same piece of music as discussed in Castro’s paper presentation. Marc Codina presented a paper on how the control of the graphic features of notation can ask for certain musical behaviours. In addition to his paper presentation, Codina also had a masterclass with Ferneyhough and a private tutorial with composer Jay Alan Yim.

“The New Fordist Manifesto” Residency Report
Full documentation for the New Fordist Organization’s exhibition at GEMAK, The Hague, NL between 22 April – 28 June 2013 can be found here. This publication is a much expanded and more in-depth version of the initial exhibition booklet including full works list, extended conceptual writing and comprehensive documentation of all works produced. The publication includes writings by CeReNeM postgraduate composers Andy Ingamells and David Pocknee alongside writings by Robert Blatt, Ana Smaragda Lemnaru, Miguel Peres dos Santos, Jeremiah Runnels and Leo Svirsky.

Seth Woods at NIME2014, INTER/actions Symposium Bangor and concerts in Brussels and New York

Seth WoodsSeth Woods together with instrument builder and researcher, Ian Hattwick (McGill University, CIRRMT/IDMIL) will present the proceedings from workshops and residencies at CIRMMT in Montreal, CA as well as a performance of a new work that come out of the residency period of October 2013 and April 2014 at the NIME Conference 2014 in London in late June 2014.

Almost Human: A Performance for
Prosthetic Instruments,
and Electronics

Almost Human insinuates a partially living being, but in
this case it describes a hybrid performance of cello and pros-
thetic digital instruments. Cellist/mover/researcher Seth
Woods is interested in the analysis of the instrumental ges-
tures used in cello performance and the use of this analysis
both for pedagogy and as material for the development of
an extended personal gestural repertoire. This composi-
tion by Ian Hattwick for prosthetic instruments, cello and
electronics is informed by extensive work with dancers, and
Woods’ behavioural and physical gestures. In this composi-
tion Woods uses the cello to provide the prosthetic instru-
ments with both sonic material and gestural inspiration.
Almost Human demonstrates a multitude of instrumen-
tal possibilities for both instruments and questions the idea
of sonic activity and explores areas of choreographic pro-
cesses and instrumental gestures.

Further Activities:

In March, Seth gives performance and workshops at Bangor University in Wales for the INTER/actions Symposium including Patricia Alessandrini’s Bodied Chambers (2014) and Sebastian Rivas’ Uqbar (2006) for cello and electronics. He also plays Alessandrini’s work at Goldsmiths, University of London on March 14

He is also gearing up to perform Peter Maxwell-Davies’ Vesalii Icones (1969) for solo cello, dancer and ensemble with ICTUS Ensemble and Fellows in Ghent, BE with conductor Daan Janssens from Ensemble Nadar. In May, Seth returns to NYC as a featured artist for the NY SoundCircuit series to present the three commissioned works that came out of his doctoral research by composers George E. Lewis, Aaron Einbond, and Patricia Alessandrini.

Chikako Morishita – Orchestra Commission

Screen Shot 2014-06-27 at 10.38.34A new commission from the 13th edition of the Estonian Composers Festival has been officially announced. In 2014, the festival features musicians Chikako Morishita, Garth Knox, Eno Poppe, Ensemble Mosaik as well as some exciting Estonian artists, and will be held 2-8 June in Tallinn and Tartu. Chikako’s new work for 2 flutes and orchestra, which will be based on her latest piece soot for solo piano [listen below], is going to be premiered by Vanemuise Symphony Orchestra with the soloists Monika Matiessen and Maarika Järvi on 6 June with financial support by the Estonian Ministry of Culture.

Upcoming performances/releases:
26 January – Lizard (shadow) @ Auditori de Barcelona/ CrossingLines Ensemble
6 June – New work @ Estonian Composers Festival/ ERSO, Monika Matiessen, Maarika Järvi
Early 2014 – tokage/ Nobutaka Yoshizawa portrait CD
Early 2014 – House of the sleeping beauties/ digital release by Huddersfield Contemporary Records (part of ECPDP)
Early 2014 – House of the sleeping beauties/ score publishing by York University Music Press (part of ECPDP)

Listen to ‘Soot’ here:

For more information see:
Chikako’s Personal Website 
Crossingline Ensemble