Borderless and thoughts on improvisation

The Borderless project sprang from a belief – shared with many other improvising musicians – that music is not, as is so often stated, a universal language, but that through improvisation and listening we can learn to communicate and create new music that combines the forms and languages of different cultures. We wished to explore […]

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Singing on the Train

The Heart of Wales 150th anniversary celebrations kicked off on March 23rd, with stalwart supporters travelling all the way from Shrewsbury to Swansea. Some of us went from Knighton to Llandrindod, the audience for the songs was great and appreciative, and there was a good conversation with guard John on the way back which gave […]

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Plastic (is a poison)

A call to get out and pick it up..so the poor albatross chicks don’t starve and we stop poisoning the seas as well as the earth…   Plastic Plastic is a poison when it breaks down in the sea That isn’t good for animals including you and me So if you see some orphaned plastic […]

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Save the Plankton

The oceans are warming – and acidifying – save the plankton! Save the Plankton Chorus Save the plankton, save the plankton in the sea Save the plankton, keep it floating free! Happy plankton need enough to eat But alas, they’re starting to feel the heat Overwhelmed by CO2 Poor old plankton – what can it […]

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Art in the Age of the Anthropocene

In a time when humans are causing countless other species to go extinct every day, when by our own actions we are destroying ourselves and the biosphere with which our being is intertwined, what is the function of art, and specifically music? Are we just ‘fiddling while Rome burns’? Singing funeral laments for ourselves and […]

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DAR residency
Walking near the Belarus border

There was time to think and reflect on life in general, and composing in particular; hence this blog. Reflections at the DAR residency in Lithuania The most wonderful thing about this residency (and there are several) is having the luxury of unfettered time and a free space. Living alone in a two floor cottage looking […]

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Fractofusus – music for the Tree Charter

On October 7th, Fractofusus celebrated the new Tree Charter with music in Oxford and Wytham Woods. The Charter is being launched this year, the 800th anniversary of the Forest Charter. See https://treecharter.uk. Wytham Woods was donated to Oxford University by the ffennells in memory of their daughter Hazel, and is used for research by students […]

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insects

I am keen to use music to help myself and others explore and admire the wonderful world of arthropods, which includes insects, spiders, and bugs. Together with soft-bodied slugs, snails and worms they have all been around millions of years longer than us, and are vital to the health and functioning of the earth’s ecosystems. […]

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