I've recently recorded guitar and mandolin parts for eleven tracks on Alfie Boe's new album "Serenata ", which will be released in November 2014. There are some great Italian pieces on it, ranging from romantic opera arias to "Volare", and I'm really proud to have been asked to play on it!
2014 New Commissions
The outstanding Asylum Saxophone Quartet has commissioned me to write a series of pieces for them. The new work,Homages for saxophone quartetconsists of four movements, and will be toured by the quartet in the summer and autumn.
I'm also delighted to have been commissioned by the Cavatina Duo to write a new work for their new project based on Sephardic music, about which more soon!
2013 Azabagic records "Out of Africa"
Denis Azabagic has recorded my suite "Out of Africa" for his new CD "Out of Africa and Around the World", released on Cedille Records. I'm delighted to be featured alongside such fantastic composers as Dusan Bogdanovic, Carlos Rafael Rivera and Vojislav Ivanovic!
2013 New CD Review
My new CD with harpist Eleanor Turner, Elusive Symmetry, has just received a nice review in Classical Guitar magazine:
"The music on this fascinating new CD was inspired by some of M.C. Escher's pictures and bearing in mind the quirkiness of Escher's material, the Turner/Thomas harp and guitar duo have been very successful in their attempt to capture in music what he put down on canvas....The music itself is most alluring, appealing and interesting and it is this last quality which raises the attractiveness of this disc from many others I have recently come across. Some of the compositions are quite surreal and impressionistic while others are just simply, beautiful."
My compositions on the album combine
elements of minimalism, avant-something or other and electronica. For more info check it out here!
The Curl-up featured
A recent piece of mine, The Curl-up for prepared harp and computer, has been chosen as a featured piece at the 2013 USA International Harp Competition and Festival in Bloomington, Indiana.To the right is a little video about M.C. Escher's cute little creature that serves as an intro to the harp piece.
2013 Flute and Guitar...
My Concerto for
Flute and Guitar was given its Turkish premiere last month by guitarist Ceren Baran and flautist Cem Onerturk. Since its premiere at the Guitar Art festival
in Serbia in February 2010, the concerto has also been performed in the USA, Bosnia, India, Mexico and Peru.
In further flute and guitar news, I have been commissioned by the Cavatina Duo to arrange and compose four pieces for their new CD based around music from the opera. Stay tuned for more details!
The final night
of the Sacrum Profanum Festival in Krakow (Poland) found me playing Steve
Reich's "Electric Counterpoint" with live remixing by Aphex Twin
(one of my musical heroes). It was very cool, very bizarre, and sadly I have
a feeling that playing for 5000 people in a giant steel factory filled with
lasers (and Steve Reich on his 75th birthday) is an experience that for me
is unlikely to be repeated...
(No, seriously, I really am the little
speck to the right of Aphex Twin)