Kevin Malone’s big batch of news for late March and April includes work featured on five-star CD release and both orchestral and chamber music premieres.
Kevin’s The People Protesting Drum Out Bigly Covfefe is the commissioned work with “plenty of dramatic tension” on Adam Swayne’s album, the 5-star Instrumental CD of the Month chosen by BBC Music Magazine’s April. Adam Swayne – the “picket-line pianist” – assembled a programme of political music for this solo CD, and dons a pink pussy hat on the front cover whilst gagged with an American flag and sporting a bruised eye. “A visceral performance of protest”! The American premiere of The People Protesting takes place on 30 March in Memphis, Tennessee by Adam Swayne.
A much awaited premiere, Malone’s Creations, story-songs for Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra will receive its first performance after 20 years on 30 March by the University of Manchester Chorus and Orchestra in Manchester. This 50-minute work was the first work commissioned by the SPNM’s Adopt-a-Composer scheme, and it comprises a wildly-varied setting of 14 creations stories all battling for acceptance. Malone himself tells us to expect “drunkenness, treachery, magic and science – much bad behaviour in creating humankind and the universe!”
Meanwhile, Zuzu’s Petals for recorder, oboe, violin and cello, which will be premiered on 6 April at 2:30pm in Manchester, as part of the John Manduell Celebration Concert. Malone tells us:
The titles comes from a famous line spoken by James Stewart in Frank Capra’s film “It’s a Wonderful Life” when he realises he is alive and ready to reconcile the tribulations fate has sent him. This 5-minute work sparkles with dance-rhythms, including a rather cubist rendition of “The Charleston”.
On a further note, The three-work project A Day in the Life will premiere on 3 May at Morley Town Hall, followed by performances at Leeds University Clothworkers Hall, Victoria Hall Saltaire, Pudsey Civic Hall and Bradford Cathedral. The programme is inspired by conversations with textile mill communities, and the performance is being previewed by North Wales Television, and by documentary film maker Kieran Hanson. More information about the concerts to follow in due time.
Composers Edition is proud to present a catalogue of works by Kevin Malone, including The People Protesting Drum Out Bigly Covfefe and Creations, available for purchase through our website.
Saturday 30 March 2019
University of Memphis, USA
Political Popular Music in the Contemporary Concert Hall – presentation by Adam Swayne as part of Balancing the Mix Conference on Popular Music and Social Justice, including performance of Kevin Malone’s The People Protesting Drum Out Bigly Covfefe.
Saturday 30 March 2019, 7:30pm
Whitworth Hall, Oxford Rd, Manchester
The University of Manchester Chorus and Symphony Orchestra perform Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, and Creations, by Kevin Malone.
Saturday 06 April 2019, 2pm
Cosmo Rodewald Concert Hall, Martin Harris Centre, The University of Manchester
A Celebration for Sir John Manduell
Programme includes Kevin Malone’s Zuzu’s Petals for recorder, oboe, violin and cello (World Premiere), amongst other works. Performers: Lesley-Jane Rogers (soprano) John Turner (recorder) Richard Simpson (oboe) Benedict Holland (violin) Catherine Yates (violin) Suzie Meszaros (viola) Jennifer Langridge (cello)
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