New works for Omega Ensemble (Sydney), and Katie Noonan & the Brodsky Quartet
April 2016. Two new pieces by Andrew Ford have their first performances this month. Contradance, for 11 instruments, was commissioned for the Omega Ensemble by Steven Alward as a sixtieth birthday present for his partner Mark Wakely. Scored for wind quintet, piano and string quintet, the piece explores multiple dance patterns and some very low sounds (bass clarinet, contrabassoon, double bass). The first performance is on 20 April at the City Recital Hall in Sydney (details & tickets).
After the Visitors, for Katie Noonan and the Brodsky Quartet, is part of With Love and Fury, a collaborative song cycle to words by Judith Wright, involving Paul Dean, Paul Grabowsky, Iain Grandage, David Hirschfelder, Elena Kats-Chernin, John Rodgers, Richard Tognetti and Carl Vine. Already out on CD, the cycle has its first live performance by Noonan and the Brodskys in Brisbane on 28 April, followed by concerts in Melbourne, Canberra, Adelaide, Sydney, Albany and Perth. The CD is available via Katie Noonan's website - digitally on iTunes and Spotify. National tour details and ticket links also on Katie's website.
> Performances of Andrew Ford's music in 2016
Download a free podcast of Untuning the Sky, a collaboration between composer Andrew Ford, Genevieve Lacey (recorders), Phil Slater (trumpet), musicians from the Australian National Academy of Music, 71 members of Gondwana Voices, sound engineer/producer Jim Atkins and the painter John Olsen (reading). Includes a short interview with Andrew Ford.
Watch a 2-part documentary about Elegy in a Country Graveyard: Part 1; Part 2 (Four Donkey Films)
Watch ANAM musicians, conducted by Brett Dean, perform Andrew Ford's Symphony (Youtube)
Watch Catherine McCorkill play Ford's Snatches of Old Lauds in Abercrombie Caves (YouTube)
Watch Ensamble 3 performing Ford's Ringing the Changes (YouTube)
Listen to Dance Maze performed by the Sydney Alpha Ensemble. (classic/amp)
to work list
Raga for electric guitar and orchestra
Contradance for 11 instruments
Sleep for string orchestra
In transit for piano and speaker
Missa brevis for SATB choir and organ
The Drowners for baritone and small orchestra
Common Ground for two string quartets
A pitch dark night for baritone, piccolo, rumpet and piano
Scherzo perpetuo for string quartet
After the Visitors for mezzo-soprano and string quartet
Slow Air, for trumpet, trombone and guitar
To My Excellent Lucasia, on Our Friendship, for soprano, mezzo-soprano, bass clarinet and vibes
Once upon a time there were two brothers..., for solo flute
Last Words, for soprano, violin, cello and piano
Uproar for 11 trombones
and four bass drums
String Quartet No. 5
Free sheet music
Thin Air for solo piano (pdf 188 KB)
Broadway Boogie Woogie (pdf 150 KB) for solo piano
Fear no more . . . (pdf 155 KB)
for solo piano
High resolution promotional photographs for use in concert programs and other non-commercial contexts are now available on the biography subpage.
The Music Show
The Music Show is two weekly hour-long programs of conversation and music. Gregorian chant or hip hop, k.d. lang or a rookie conductor, all get the attention they deserve.
> The Music Show, on Saturday and Sunday 11am Repeated: Saturday and Sunday 10pm.
> Program website
My Twitter handle is @fordwritesmusic, and you can read the feed here.
- a new book
and a radio series
May 2015. Andrew Ford's new book, Earth Dances: Music in search of the primitive (Black Inc.), shows how composers through history have made their music less sophisticated in order to revive it. From Dunstaple to Bo Diddley, Stravinsky to Scott Walker, Peter Sculthorpe to Pussy Riot, musicians have invoked the demotic and even the barbaric, admitting drones and drums to their work, simplifying (in some cases, infantilising) their techniques. The result has often been renewal.
Threaded through Ford's chapters are new interviews with six composers: Richard Barrett, Martin Bresnick, Brian Eno, Liza Lim, Pauline Oliveros and Karin Rehnqvist. Earth Dances is available from good bookshops and electronically from Amazon, iTunes etc.
> For details and e-purchase links, see: Black Inc.
> Read reviews
> The radio series Earth Dances was broadcast in April on ABC Radio National. The four episodes are now available to download.
Music and books online
A wide selection of CDs with music by Andrew Ford is easily available by mail order from Buywell. CDs and individual tracks can also be bought through the Australian Music Centre and at iTunes.
Andrew Ford's books are available from any good book shop in Australia and New Zealand. They are also available as an ebook from Readings, Amazon and iTunes: Earth Dances (NEW February 2015), Try Whistling This, The Sound of Pictures, Illegal Harmonies.
.For a full list of CDs and books, please see also the CD subpage and the Books subpage.