Raga - a concerto for Zane Banks and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra
June 2016. Andrew Ford came up with the first ideas for his electric guitar concerto in 1998, and finally it is written. Thanks to a commission from Kim Williams in partnership with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and the Adelaide Guitar Festival, Raga will be unveiled on 13 August 2016 at Adelaide Town Hall. It is composed for the virtuoso guitarist, Zane Banks, who will be the soloist, with the ASO conducted by Benjamin Northey.
> More details and tickets from the ASO website.
> Read a program note.
> Update August 2016: reviews of Raga
New album for children
(and their parents & grandparents)
- now also in the UK
May 2016. Andrew Ford's popular new album for children and their parents, There Was a Man Lived in the Moon is now available in the UK, with other countries to follow. Although only released in late November, the album , on ABC Classics, was one of the highest-selling classical records in Australia in 2015. It comprises 29 songs, mostly traditional nursery rhymes, for a variety of instruments. Jane Sheldon and Teddy Tahu Rhodes, two of Australia's finest classical singers, share the songs between them, while the players are more usually to be found among the ranks of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra and Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra.
In addition to the nursery rhymes, there are several original songs, including Little Star (a setting of Jane Taylor's 18th-century poem, 'Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star', and three songs to poems by Edward Lear, collectively known as Nonsense, specially written for the project and for Teddy Tahu Rhodes. The disc is now available for purchase online and in all good record shops.
> Order the album There Was a Man Lived in the Moon (ABC Shop)
> Watch a Youtube video of the recording of 'Have you see the Muffin Man'
Andrew Ford on Soundcloud
Watch the first performance of Contradance by the Omega Ensemble (Youtube)
Watch Brett Dean conduct the premiere of Andrew Ford's Symphony (Youtube)
Watch Catherine McCorkill play Ford's Snatches of Old Lauds in Abercrombie Caves (YouTube)
Subscribe to Andrew Ford's YouTube channel
Watch a 2-part documentary about Elegy in a Country Graveyard: Part 1; Part 2 (Four Donkey Films)
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.
to work list
Sunrise with Wedding Dresses for string quartet
Fanfare for Neverland for solo trumpet
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
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.
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.
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