CD Review, Michael Finnissy's Beat Generation Ballads
Ivan Hewett reviews recent releases of new music with composer Zoe Martlew and guitarist Tom McKinney. Plus the world premiere of Michael Finnissy's Beat Generation Ballads.
Ivan Hewett reviews recent releases of new music with the composer Zoe Martlew and guitarist Tom McKinney, including music by Hans Abrahamsen and Christopher Fox. Michael Finnissy introduces his piano work, Beat Generation Ballads, which was commissioned by the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and premiered there in November last year.
Plus the latest in the series Modern Muses which looks behind some of the key composer-performer partnerships of our times. Jazz drummer Peter Erskine was one of Mark-Anthony Turnage's musical heroes who he'd first heard as the drummer in Weather Report in the late 70s. They talk about meeting in the 1990s and how and why Turnage re-wrote the drum part in his ground-breaking Blood on the Floor with Erskine's input. Ever since, a close musical friendship has flourished, resulting in further Erskine-inspired music.
Modern Muses: Peter Erskine and Mark-Anthony Turnage
Beat Generation Ballads
Philip Thomas (piano).