Greg Caffrey Greg Caffrey

Wednesday, 1 April 2020, 8.00pm

Wednesday 1 April – doors 8pm – start 8.30pm | adv £7/£5 students – otd £10/£7 students

With rarescale
Carla Rees (Flute)
David Black (Guitar)

And an improvised response from
Carla Rees (Flute)
Phil Durrant (Mandolin),
N.O. Moore (Electric guitar), and
James O’Sullivan (Electric guitar).

The Irish composer Greg Caffrey is the 6th guest composer of the series of streamed concerts, after Marie Cécile Reber (CH, Feb 2020), Gildas Quartet (UK, Oct 2019), Marcus Kaiser (DE, May 2019), Stefan Thut (CH, April 2019), Jessica Aslan and Emma Lloyd (UK, March 2019).
Greg Caffrey read music at Queen’s University Belfast where he studied composition under Piers Hellawell and James Clarke. He was awarded a B.Mus. in 1995 and completed a PhD in 2002. He has won a number of awards and scholarships that include the Hamilton Harty Scholarship, May Turtle Award and an award from the Harrison Foundation. He was a finalist in the ISME- IVME 2nd International Composition Contest in Brussels in 2008, in the Taukay Edizioni Musicali International Composition Prize in 2012, the Musica Domani International Composition Prize (USA) and he took first prize at the Concorso Counterpoint, Italy in May 2012.
His compositions have been performed in Britain, Ireland, France, Germany, Austria, Argentina, Italy, Belgium, Holland, Sweden, Poland, Czech Republic, Estonia, U.S. Bangkok, China and Brazil receiving critical acclaim.
His orchestral work A Terrible Beauty was designated a “recommended work” in the 4 th Uuno Klami International Composition Prize. His works have been performed across 17 countries and are represented on 12 record labels. Greg is the founder and Artistic Director of Hard Rain SoloistEnsemble, N. Ireland’s only professional ensemble performing modern and contemporary repertoire, and as such regularly champions and commissions the music of Irish contemporary composers alongside major international figures.

About this Concert

The first half of the concert will feature the works of Greg Caffrey. As a guitarist, Greg’s compositional forms follow from the strengths of the guitar, not just in the works for this instrument but also translating them to others. Arpeggio patterns and runs are echoed in the solo Alto flute piece Tre Correnti for example. Greg works in the domain of fully notated through composed composition. His works share a fluidity of colour and tone that allows the performer to interoperate, challenge and respond to the written material.

The First Half

- Tre Correnti (2013) For Solo Alto Flute
- Variations on a theme of Tárrege (2016) For Solo Classical Guitar (World Premiere)
- The Uses of Not (2009) For Classical Guitar and Alto Flute

The Second Half of the concert will build upon the theme of the fluid and the interpretive as we invite some of London’s most established improvisers Phil Durrant (Mandolin), N.O. Moore (Electric guitar), and James O’Sullivan (Electric guitar) to interact with and reimagine the given material.


Carla Rees
Carla Rees is a performer (low flutes, Kingma system and baroque flutes), arranger and composer. Her career focusses on collaboration and developing the dialogue between composer, performer and flute maker in order to extend and enhance the repertoire. She has premiered several hundred works in the UK and internationally as a soloist and chamber musician. She is Artistic Director of rarescale and her original works and arrangements for flutes are published by Tetractys Publishing

David Black
David was born in 1978 in Bangor, North Wales and began playing the guitar at the age of 10. In 2000 he graduated with first Class Honours from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and in 2004 he completed an MMus at the Royal College of Music, London.David now specialises in contemporary classical guitar but has a broad range of musical interests, from early music and the lute to electric guitar.
David lives in South East London and is busy performing solo, as one half of the Albach Guitar Duo and with contemporary music group rarescale.Recent performances have taken him to San Francisco (Old First Concerts), Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Lima (Peru), Aarhus (Denmark) and recordings for BBC Radio. David also has a thriving teaching practice and has recently written a study book for Quercus publications.

Phil Durrant
Phil Durrent is a multi-instrumentalist improviser/composer/sound artist who currently performs solo and group concerts. Recently, he has been performing with Bill Thompson, Mark Wastell, as well as his seven-piece group ‘If Herbie Went West Coast’, using a modular synthesizer system. As a mandolinist, he has been performing with guitarist Martin Vishnick. Their album Rifinitori di Momenti was released in 2019 by Confront Recordings.

N.O. Moore
N.O Moore is a guitarist interested in using the instrument as an interface for dealing with the potentials of electricity. He can be heard on the recent Matchless Recordings release, Darkened, yet shone, with Eddie Prévost and John Edwards.

James O’Sullivan
Using a combination of feedback, conventional techniques and instrumental preparations, James O’Sullivan exploits the full sonic potential of electric guitar and amplifier, while relating them to the immediate physical environment. His second solo album, IL Y A, is out now on Linear Obsessional.

The concert series is a collaboration between bookRoom and the Audio ResearchCluster at UCA Farnham, curated by Emmanuelle Waeckerlé and Harry Whalley, around their common research in extended, textual, visual, gestural and object scores and ways to integrate or experience technology in text/music/film/performances. The project is supported by UCA research fund.

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