challenge

Orchestral arranging

I was recently commissioned to arrange 3 works for opera singers and Birmingham Sinfonia. I really enjoyed the challenge. Here’s a wee snippet (not the best recording quality but you get an idea):

By Bobbie, ago
commission

for-wards

I am pleased to announce that Sound and Music have agreed to fund a pilot music project based in Bham neighbourhoods called for-wards. More details and website to come… Exciting and very busy times indeed!

By Bobbie, ago
commission

X

vanley and ian (Photographer Vanley Burke with curator Ian Sergeant) 'X' was revolution no. 20, under the Free School events curated by Ian Sergeant. It was inspired by an intriguing, enthralling and what John L. Williams calls a tragicomic story of black political activist Michael X. Initially Ian Sergeant wanted a performance inspired by black British politics in the Midlands. Shamefully, knowing very little about black British politics I penned some ideas for an audio-visual performance, calling in artist and musician Matt Watkins to assist. Ian had just started reading the John L. Williams book and quite quickly his ideas changed.... Michael X became the focal point. I have to admit, I was resistant, having reservations because I was invested in the first idea, but once I read the biography it all made sense. I am glad Ian made that change! (more…)

By Bobbie, ago
commission

Busy bee

  44_michael-x This summer I have four composition projects on the go, I have never composed so much in my life! It is great but I can't wait to have some down time (which means only thinking about one piece at a time... ) It has been a busy summer.   Fun with Cancer Patients I have just completed work on a project commissioned by Fierce Festival called 'Fun with Cancer Patients'. Lead (performance) artist is Brian Lobel: "Brian Lobel has drawn on his own experience of cancer treatment as a young adult to facilitate a series of ‘actions’ by Birmingham teenage cancer patients. These actions are self-initiated and designed to be of value to the teenagers themselves in processing their experience of cancer. These actions took place following a workshop process over the summer of 2013. The exhibition documents these activities, alongside reflections from medical professionals. " (more…)

By Bobbie, ago
commission

Summertime sum up

IMG_1916 What beautiful weather! A year ago, I met a Swedish lady in London (on the bus I think), who said the main reason she decided to stay in the UK was down to the summer of '76. She told me she had been longing ever since for another glorious summer like that to return. Maybe her wait is over.... Anyway, I feel it is time to update you with the world of Bobalon. (more…)

By Bobbie, ago
challenge

Werk

Thanks to Vicki from Uchenna for thinking of me to compose a dance score for young people based in Andover!  The brief was for the piece to be 10 mins long, have a strong pulse and able to fit with wide range of dance styles Uchenna uses as its staple (house, African, voguing). (more…)

By Bobbie, ago
capoeira

A late Akemashite Omedetou De Gozaimasu (Happy New Me)

A new year, new year's resolutions,  brand new second hand you, new diaries, new socks. Instead of resolutions I have made some determinations (kind of similar) but the process is habitual (twice daily in fact), and I am winning, I'll share a few. They are:

  • Respect for all life (including my own)
  • Respect for money
  • Create lots of beautiful sounds
  • Travel lots (UK and Int.)
  • Be able to do a bananeira and macaco in capoeira (All about fear, because I have executed them at least once, just not on demand)  (more…)

By Bobbie, ago