Coming Up for Air currently explores the creative possibilities that emerge when pieces are limited to a single breath. Managing asthma and a chronic sinus condition as a flautist made breathing a constant obstacle which forced radical and unconventional means of playing. My sinus condition became severe enough that my playing, as well as my health, were severely negatively affected and I required an operation. With the generous support of Help Musicians UK, this was made possible and the procedure has transformed the quality of my breathing and playing. Through reflection upon the time when I was unable to breathe to my full potential, I created this project, which began with 14 one breath pieces generously composed for me by friends and colleagues. The collection currently contains over 100 pieces and I am keen to keep adding to this extraordinary array of responses. Information on my open call for scores is at the bottom of this page.
New films from December 2018:
Films from June 2017 @ Islington Mill, Salford:
OPEN CALL: SINGLE-BREATH PIECES
I have instigated an open call for pieces which are limited to one inhale and one exhale (without circular breathing). Pieces can be written for any member of the flute family (with the broadest possible interpretation, including piccolo, C flute, alto, bass, breath, voice, objects, electronics, etc). I will informally record and offer feedback on all the pieces I receive, and will programme and record as many as possible. I am keen to hear from all composers of any age, experience, gender, or nationality.
To register interest in the project, please fill in the form below and I will e-mail you back with more information.