News in Short

Our good friends Promote Classical have now opened an American office to better manage their operations in the USA. You can follow them on Twitter (@PrCl_USA) to get up to speed information about their activities.

Monaco-born composer and recording artist Nicolas Horvath is in discussions with Demerara Records about an album of his complete piano works of Erik Satie. Nicolas is a highly respected concert pianist who records for the likes of Naxos and this project would see Demerara handle the digital side of the album release whilst the physical side is managed by Italian label Sheva. Nicolas also plans to release an album of his 24 Electroacoustic Preludes on Demerara later this year.

Further exciting news for talented Anglo-Irish composer Martin Gaughan. Following his success at the Orkney Composition event and Wild Street Ensemble he has now been picked to be one of a select few emerging composers to be talked about by Ben Gaunt in a presentation at Leeds College of Music. The presentation will include the Echoes movement from his suite The Pale Goddess which constitutes tracks 21 – 24 on Demerara Records‘ critically acclaimed new music compilation album This is Tomorrow Calling. Congratulations to Martin and more details about the event will follow soon.

Look out for news soon about Jamal Dorce‘s Patreon page. The happy wizard man will be letting Demerara Records present that news to the world in due course.

Talented English composer Guy Avern will release his debut album on Demerara Records in November 2015. Guy, whose track Robot heart beats on the Land has proved a highly popular contribution to the This is Tomorrow Calling compilation, has an impressive catalogue of recorded tracks ready to go. Fellow composer and head of the label Neil March has confirmed he is ‘extremely excited’ by the prospect of releasing and promoting Guy’s music.

Members of Sounds Positive are involved in two concerts both taking place on 30th October 2015. At 1PM, a lunchtime concert at St Marys-at-Hill, Lovat Lane, London EC3R 8EE sees SP’s Melanie Henry (Saxophone) and Sally Mays (Piano) playing works by the wonderful Avril Anderson, Mark Anthony Turnage and others. Then, at 7.30 PM, our good friends Automatronic (a.k.a Huw Morgan & Michael Bonaventure) perform the second part of their Autumn Festival with a programme including an organ work by the amazing David Sutton-Anderson at the world-famous All Saints Church on Blackheath. Both concerts are FREE to attend.

Neil March‘s track SE13 from his Demerara Records album Urban Art Music was featured on Stuart Maconie‘s Freak Zone on BBC 6 Music last night (Sunday 19th July 2015). If you want to see the playlist and listen to the podcast of the show, click this link – http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b062wg89

The truly wonderful Sounds Positive, one of the UK’s longest-running and consistently excellent contemporary music ensembles, are performing the world premiere of a new work by Slavko Zagorac at a lunchtime concert on Saturday 1st August 2015 in All Saints Church, Kingston-upon-Thames as part of the groundbreaking ‘Kingston Welcomes Korea’ festival. The concert will see Sounds Positive perform with the Choir of the Korean Catholic Church of London and will also include premieres of works by our very good friends David Sutton-Anderson and Avril Anderson.

Paul Taylor has been featured on the NE:MM website in an article by Ray Honeybourne. Honeybourne talks about ‘… the considered, imaginative, often unexpected but never self-indulgent development of musical ideas … the kind of thing so well conveyed by pianist Paul Taylor …’. Naturally we agree with every word. Great journalism and well deserved praise.

https://nemmblog.com/2015/06/22/feature-paul-taylor

We mentioned last week that Martin Gaughan was thriving at the famous Orkney composition course. Well Wednesday saw his new piece premiered, along with those of seven other composers, at St Magnus Cathedral, Orkney. Congratulations to Martin and wish we could have been there. 🙂

Marc Yeats is rightly “… very happy that a large chunk of ‘the shape distance [4] for 2 flutes and harp, performed by Chamber Cartel was broadcast to close Fiona Talkington‘s Late Junction on BBC Radio 3 last night [thursday 18th].” You can listen on iplayer – 1’.24″ mins into the programme.

Martin Gaughan is taking full advantage of his place on the prestigious Orkney composition course overseen by Sally Beamish and founded by Peter Maxwell-Davies. In Martin’s own words: “My main Orkney St Magnus composers piece is finished- Flame Haired (with obbligato freckles) & it’s sort of a story. Stamping, wine glass, whispering, silence & a viola cadenza included!”.

Jamal Dorce (aka happywizardman) demonstrated his unique composing and virtuosic Bass playing skills to an enthusiastic crowd at Speakfridays on Friday 19th June 2015. Here’s a clip for everyone to enjoy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvExNv9KQ18

12th June 2015 sees the premiere of Marc YeatsDark Gravity for Oboe, Clarinet and Bassoon with the Gelachter Trio. This is a lunchtime recital at St Brides Church, London. Details can be found at http://www.stbrides.com/music/2015/06/the-gelachter-wind-trio.php

Martin Gaughan has been invited to the prestigious Orkney Composition Course, the brainchild of Peter Maxwell-Davies and this year overseen by Sally Beamish. Places on the course are highly sought after and it is a great achievement that Martin has been selected. He travels next week. Hopefully it will be a great experience.

Look out for the upcoming video of Jamal Dorce‘s Shedding Skin. Jamal tells us it will be available sometime next month (July). We will post a link as soon as it is.

Anna Murray has agreed to become an Administrator for Demerara Records’ Social Media feeds and will now be running features about our composers on the label’s Facebook page. Anna already handles the Social Media content for the Association of Irish Composers and other organisations and will bring a new level of professionalism to our activities.

Marc Yeats has just enjoyed a week in the splendid isolation of the Observatory, Winchester Science Centre where he is Composer-in Residence. See http://marc-yeats.co.uk/blog/composer-in-residence-to-the-observatory-1a-winchester-science–centre/

It’s all go for Marc Yeats at the moment, having just had his The Half-Life of Facts premiered at the Melbourne Metropolitan Festival by the excellent Syzygy Ensemble.

Jamal Dorce is someone whose energy is awe-inspiring. As well as re-uploading a video recorded as part of his solo album project – https://www.youtube.com/user/jamaldorce – he is getting out and performing whilst setting up interviews and opportunities for airplay ahead of the release of our This is Tomorrow Calling compilation which he is on.

We are looking forward to a summer visit to London by the amazing Marina Vesic. Marina is flying over from Belgrade to present at a Conference in Central London and will be hooking up with Demerara Records’ composer/owner Neil March and Drowningcircle music’s composer/owner Julian Broadhurst plus any others who are around.

Demerara Records‘ current focus may be on the triple compilation album This is Tomorrow Calling but we also plan to release a series of albums from late 2015 through to the middle of 2016 and beyond. Among those hopefully in the pipeline are new sets by Norway’s Fivrel (aka Jostein Avdem Fretland), Poland’s Backspace, Monaco’s Nicolas Horvath, Haitian-American Jamal Dorce and multi-national Moda Trio. So when we say we are an international label, we really mean it. 🙂

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