On Friday 6 December Joe Cutler’s new saxophone concerto Hawaii Hawaii Hawaii receives its premiere at London’s SouthBank Centre, performed by Trish Clowes (saxophone) with the BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Ben Palmer.
The 20 minute work was commissioned by BBC Radio 3 and will be broadcast on Friday 10 January. It is inspired by a short story, Sonmi-451, which forms part of the novel Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell. This is Joe’s second collaboration with Trish Clowes, the first being Karembeu’s Guide to the Complete Defensive Midfielder, for her group Emulsion Sinfonietta which went on to be awarded the 2016 British Composer award in the Jazz category.
Also, Composers Edition is thrilled with the news that Joe Cutler’s McNulty represents the ISCM British Section at World Music Days in New Zealand.
McNulty, for piano trio, was written in the summer of 2016, commissioned by my dear friends, the Fidelio Trio, supported by a grant from the Britten-Pears Foundation. I’ve known the members of the Fidelio Trio for nearly twenty years and we’ve travelled widely together, often in Ireland (where two of the trio, Darragh and Mary hail from).
In McNulty, I attempt to place the intricate ornamentation of Irish traditional music outside its normal environment, allowing it to become fused with repetitive riffs and figurations, or placed alongside spectral-inspired harmonic-based textures. Through isolating one feature of traditional music, and placing it within an alternate context, ornamentation becomes the “thing” the piece is about, at odds with its normal ‘supporting’ role.Joe Cutler
Composers Edition is proud to present a range of works by Joe Cutler’s work including McNulty which is available for perusal and purchase.