my new piece In Warmer Seasons to be performed by tracensemble in Huddersfield Monday


please join us for a concert monday march 7 at St Paul’s hall in Huddersfield (the amazing church just on the corner of the uni campus)

concert will begin bang on 7:30.

new works by Pedro Alvarez (Monotypes #1 & #2), Pablo Vergara, Daniel Portelli, and I as well as perhaps some other pieces.


Trace Ensemble

Mon 7 March

St.Paul’s Hall

7:30 PM

Adult: – £7.50

Senior – £5.00

Student – Free

Tickets from – or 01484 471873


I have been working on my new piece (to be premiered in this concert) for quite a while.  It brings together several ideas from my music and my phd research.  In particular, some concrete approaches to the expansion and contraction of musical time form the structure of the music, which is simultaneously three solos and an ensemble piece.  This is the first time that I have tried some of these ways of making music with humans instead of calculators (computers).  No conductors.  No clocks. No standards.  The piece is called In Warmer Seasons, and here is the program note:

in warmer seasons

in warmer seasons proposes that individual trajectories between the parts of the ensemble can form an ecological whole.  Here, three musicians play parts which occupy distinct process-trajectories developing at their own individual rates.  Despite a shared eight-minute duration, there is no clock-time, meter, conductor, or other ensemble-wide time standard used in the piece.  Instead, each player follows their own variable time standard as delivered by a click track, and they play in response to the changing skin of the experienced moment.  Coincidental but nontrivial interactions result from a design logic applied on the scale of the individual parts.  This approach gives preference to the ongoing process of surprise and discovery through direct aural experience on the part of both performers and audience, over a desire for perfection of an abstract musical idea or structure.  Similar sentiment is celebrated by Lucretius in On the Nature of Things:

“Nothing in the body is made in order that we may use it.

What happens to exist is the cause of its use.”



Find out more about Trace Ensemble here

About Diego Castro Magas‌‌

Diego Castro Magas is a Chilean guitarist, leading figure in contemporary guitar performance since recent years. Being a prize-winner in several classical guitar competitions, he has appeared as soloist in more than 18 countries in Europe, America and Oceania. Also, he has given lectures on contemporary performance practice at NUNC-Conference in North-western University, Tacit or Loud Festival for Artistic Research in Malmö, Centre for Contemporary Music Practice in Brunel University, Orpheus Institute in Ghent, Royal Conservatoire in The Hague, the University of Leeds and Durham University. In recent years, Diego has worked with composers including James Dillon, Brian Ferneyhough, Michael Finnissy, Bryn Harrison, Wieland Hoban and Aaron Cassidy among many others. Also, he undertook electric guitar lessons under Daryl Buckley.

Find out more about Diego Castro Magas here

About Alba Bru

Alba Bru (b. Barcelona, Spain) is a flute player, music teacher and a future music therapist. She began her musical studies in Valencia and continued in Terrassa Conservatory (Barcelona) passing with distinction. She holds the “Premier Prix, mention très bien, à la unanimité et avec les félicitations du juré” on flute performance and chamber music from the ENMAD, achieved as a culmination of a year studying in Orléans (France) under the supervision of Arlette Biget. She received her Flute Pedagogy degree from the ESMUC (Barcelona) and her MMUS in Contemporary Music Performance (with distinction) from The University of Huddersfield – where she studied with Richard Craig.

She has performed in several venues in France with the Orchestre des Jeunes du Centre and in Barcelona (OEMUC, Orquestra Segle XXI). Besides, she has taken part in several pedagogical concerts (L’Auditori de Barcelona, Auditori de Terrassa) and given wokshops at Conservatori Professional de Música de Terrassa alongside composer Marc Codina. She has been awarded the second prize in the Gèrminans Flute Performance Contest (Barcelona) and the Postgraduate Prize 2014 from The University of Huddersfield.

Listen to Alba Bru’s work here

About Peyee Chen

Peyee Chen (b. Taipei, Taiwan) is a soprano with a particular interest in contemporary and Baroque music. Appearances as a soloist include the Gavin Bryars Ensemble, Adelaide Festival, Club Transmediale Festival, Edinburgh Contemporary Music Ensemble, Lucerne Festival with the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra conducted by Sir Simon Rattle and Barbara Hannigan, Pierrot Lunaire on the York Spring Festival, The Light Show as part of Southbank Centre’s Harmonic Series, and world premieres at Spitalfields Festival, GEMdays, Tête à Tête Opera Festival, and the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. She is an ad hoc member of the BBC Singers, EXAUDI, and Schola Heidelberg, with recent engagements including the BBC Proms, Spitalfields Festival, Ruhrtriennale, and Aldeburgh Festival with BCMG and Oliver Knussen. Upcoming performances include “Prometeo” by Luigi Nono with Schola Heidelberg, Ensemble Modern, Experimentalstudio des SWR, and Ingo Metzmacher at the Ruhrtriennale and Philharmonie de Paris. Her voice can also be found on the Naxos audiobook Faust in music by Roger Marsh. Peyee works regularly with young composers and has given guest lectures and workshops on writing for voice at University of Huddersfield and University of York. Peyee received her BMus degree from Northwestern University, USA, in 2008, and her MA (with distinction) from University of York, UK, in 2010. When not singing, she plays violin and boomwhackers in Crooks and Claridge.

Find out more about Peyee Chen here


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