Nov 12, 2018
At the first CoDI workshop ideas were presented, toyed with and discussed. The challenge now was to shape these formless ideas. However allowing room for further toying and discussing. Difficult. At least it was for me. I tend not to over discuss work or share until I know I have in my hands the beginning of something I can invest in. It's difficult to discuss personal ideas at the best of times but when the ideas are still fragile and underdeveloped (phoetal?) it is even more so. Fortunately the second CoDI meeting was as safe an environment as the first and allowed some exposure without feeling truly helpless. I don't mean to spend these blogs thanking people but I have to acknowledge the great care the Berkeley Ensemble took in dealing with these defenceless skeletal work. At least in my case.
Oct 16, 2018
Hi. First thanks to everyone who made the first day great. Ty Cerdd. Lynne Plowman. The Berkeley Ensemble. The other composers. The individual ideas the composers had towards the work within this project and music as a whole was incredibly diverse. I was genuinely surprised. It's always good to be able share ideas without stepping on toes. Anyway I think I should thank the Berkeley Ensemble again. I'm working on a piece that explores the idea of 'persona'. The idea between a public and private self. So in keeping with this theme I hoped for a dichotomy in sound. Very simply we tested out the instrumentalists singing and screaming voices. It's truly awesome to be working with an ensemble so willing to really be open to exploration. I've worked with ensembles in the past where the concept of leaving comfort zones needs huge coaxing. Not the Berkeley Ensemble. Love them.