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ISCM Welsh section
at World New Music Days 2022
in New Zealand

Five Memos by Mark Bowden selected to represent Wales

World New Music Days is the annual flagship event of the ISCM (International Society for Contemporary  Music). This year’s festival is being presented by the Composers Association of New Zealand (CANZ) and represents the best in new music submitted by ISCM sections from around the world.

Mark Bowden’s work Five Memos for violin and piano has been selected to represent the Welsh Section at the event, and will be performed on 29 August in Christchurch.

 The selected Welsh work by Mark Bowden was submitted to the international jury as part of a shortlist of six (alongside works by Sarah Lianne LewisAshley John LongBethan Morgan-WilliamsMike Parkin and Steph Power).

ISCM Welsh Section shortlist – the composers and their music:

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Mark Bowden (1979)

Five memos for violin and piano

A composer of chamber, orchestral, and vocal music, Mark Bowden’s music often comes with a bundle of extra-musical connections, embracing far-reaching literary and philosophical ideas, but its impact is a physical one. He creates music of great expressive power and his confidence handling large forces and forms is unmistakable. Mark’s work has been described as ‘an exceptional and absorbing pleasure’ (the Guardian), ‘invigorating’ (the Times) and ‘powerfully dramatic’ (BBC Radio 3). Read more...

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Sarah Lianne Lewis (1988)

First snow, falling for string quartet

Sarah Lianne Lewis is a Welsh composer of bold and imaginative contemporary classical music that blurs the boundary between acoustic and electronic sound. Described as “quiet and delicate” and “full of imaginative sonorities", her music explores subtle intricacies of texture, engaging audiences in unique soundscapes and sonic atmospheres.  She often writes about connection, climate change and the natural world, informed by a female disabled perspective. 
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Ashley John Long (1986)

Improvising ensemble

Ashley John Long is an award-winning virtuoso double bassist and composer active in a diverse range of musical idioms including jazz and improvisation, early and contemporary chamber music, and as a soloist.
​He has performed and recorded internationally with some of the UK's leading Jazz musicians, as well as accompanying visiting international artists, whilst his work as a soloist has seen the premiers of numerous new works for solo bass. 
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Bethan Morgan-Williams (1992)

Double double for string quartet

Bethan Morgan-Williams is a composer who writes quirky, rhythmically-intricate music. Described as “marvellously oblique and obscure” [5against4] while being “rooted in something ancient and folky” [The Telegraph], Bethan’s music finds motivation in the apogee of musical performance. With composer-performer collaborations a key part of Bethan’s practice, each piece is written according to the characters of those involved.
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Michael Parkin (1949)

Monsieur Croche's Fugue for solo piano

Michael Parkin’s music has been broadcast and performed in Britain, Europe and the USA.  He studied with William Mathias and has won many prizes including the Yorkshire Arts Young Composers’ Competition , MidNAG award, and Match TM Award.

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Steph Power (1965)

and/ante for piano trio

Steph Power is a composer, writer and critic living in mid-Wales. On graduating from York University in 1987, she freelanced as a performer for several years specialising in contemporary and 20th century music (guitars / percussion / narration); a founding member of Icebreaker and Jane Manning’s Minstrels, she also performed with Gemini and Lontano, Innererklang, Northern Music Theatre and more.

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