Friday, January 19, 2007

Duckworth announces new recordings, performances

Composer William Duckworth has announced that two new recordings of his music will be issued this year.

With help from Duckworth, Japanese electric violinist Ritsu Katsumata has created "Sea of Dreams" a 20-minute version of Prelude 6 from Duckworth's "Time Curve Preludes," perhaps his best-known piece. The album will be released in May, but excerpts are available now here. ("Time Curve Preludes" is widely available at the various music downloading services such as iTunes, Emusic etc.)

"Beyond that, the Japanese marimba virtuoso Mika Yoshida is planning to release my 'Writing on Water' for live and prerecorded marimbas later this year, but I don't think a definite date has been set yet," Duckworth writes. This will apparently be the first-ever available recording of the work.

Duckworth and his collaborators, the Cathedral Band, will be onstage performing "The Myth Retold" at 8 p.m. MST Feb. 24 at Second Stage West in Phoenix; the performance will be available as a video and audio stream at Cathedral.

Duckworth and Nora Farrell are going to Tokyo in March for "for 3 concerts and 3
workshops focusing on cell phones as musical instruments."

Later in the year, it's off to Australia for iOrpheus a "public opera" which premieres Aug. 31 at South Bank Parklands in Brisbane.

"It is expected to include 2000 participants. Nora and I will be there for 3 months
to plan and carry out this project," Duckworth explains.

More information later as these various events draw closer.


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