A few weeks on from the first CoDi CHAMBER session, it’s great to see my ideas and piece progressing.
The first session saw us getting to know each other’s inspirations and style of writing, bringing an item with us that we think inspires us and our musical voice.
Meeting the performers was great, having a intimate mini concert to introduce us to their repertoire was incredibly helpful.
This gave me an idea as to what the Berkeley Ensemble enjoy playing and what sounds good in their ensemble.
It is so interesting that an ensemble of their size perform without a conductor, it is fascinating to watch them work as one body.
The first run through of my sketches was invaluable and filled me with inspiration for the next session.
It was helpful to hear the different voicing, and to try adding different voices to different sketches.
This, along with the realisation that a few of my sketches worked together more than others meant that I now know which direction I want to take this piece.
Lynne was incredibly helpful, picking up on details I hadn’t yet considered and making suggestions on the ideas that didn’t work as well.
Before we finished the session, I had an amazing conversation with the Berkeley ensemble’s French Horn player.
Being a saxophonist and a violist, brass instruments are something of an enigma so I struggle a little more to write for them. So to be able to have a lengthy discussion with him regarding what the French Horn can and can’t do, and tips to help him as a performer, has been the highlight of this session.
Looking forward to updating you on my progress after the next session!