Bass Guitar ability
Influences: Charlie Haden, Dave Holland, Miles Davis, Paul Grabowsky, Joseph Tawardros, Rabi Abu Kahlil, Ali Farka Toure, Cikada String Quart, Kronos Quart; Carl Vine, Arvo Part, Henryk Gorecki, Philip Glass, Etc
I Became a full time musician beginning in 2010, after retiring from a career in professional IT consulting, during which I was involved part time in performing music since 1956 .
My Approach to composing:
I don’t generally create something out of nothing. When I write music, a new piece, I am creating out of past experience, my understanding of music theory, what I’ve studied and the music to which I’ve listened. Often it is what I would like to hear myself, but more often I am answering some ‘question’ in the language of music. The questions are sometimes formal - assignments, events, requests, suggestions, collaboration projects and sometimes the questions are felt or experienced.
My History in music:
From a young age I Studied violin (private tuition), classical guitar (Sydney con. and Melba con).
Was coached as a semi-professional Baritone/tenor for Melbourne Chorale by Ian Cousins
In 1967 Wrote music for the film "Light II" created by Frank Eidlitz on a Churchill Scholarship in the USA. Around the same time I was collaborating in "Musique concrete" and "Musiqe electronique" projects with Melb.Uni. film unit and James Murdoch including a Karlheintz Stockhousen "toure"
30 years singing with the Melbourne Chorale
40 years playing in amateur orchestras - 2nd violin, 1st violin, principle viola, concert manager, orchestra manager, practice conductor
Studied Jazz guitar/theory in Melb. with Bruce Clarke
20 years playing in Jazz combos - Avant garde, modern, BOP, swing - guitar, violin, viola, oud
Studied composition (2 years private tuition under Jock Kyme Melbourne)
studied oud/Arabic classical music with private teacher
Composed various compositions for "Words in Winter" festival 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Composed three works for "Spring Fling Festival" 2014, 2015
Have several major projects under way - Amplified plectrum guitar and small orchestra; serious music for electric instrument ensembles;
developing song repertoire for a local group, a suite for wind quintet, small scale works for bassoon or cello with guitar.
Currently preparing work for entry into various International composition competitions.