Performed by the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (conducted by James Weeks), the BBC Concert Orchestra (Royal Festival Hall), the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra (conducted by James MacMillan), Katelyn Clark, Oliver Coates, Endymion, the Eris Ensemble, the New York Miniaturist Ensemble (Lincoln Center, New York City), Dave McCann, the RNCM Symphony Orchestra, and workshopped by Rolf Hind, Ensemble 10/10 and the BBC Singers,
A 2004 Guardian/BBC Proms Young Composer of the Year, and shortlisted by Society for the Promotion of New Music between 2007-2010,
Studied with Professor David Horne at Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, United Kingdom until 2009, less formally with Howard Skempton in 2010, and privately with Antoine Beuger in 2012,
An artist in residence at the Banff Centre, Canada, winter 2011, with many thanks to the Finzi Trust, and at DanceEast's ChoreoLAB new dance residency in summer 2012,
Ongoing projects include SYRIA AS IT IS (a large-scale mapping of Syria in sound), half an hour violin and piano, and a chamber opera about landscape (for sometime in the distance),
Lives in Paris,
Charlie Usher was born in 1987 in the United Kingdom.
September 2013; Reid Hall, Edinburgh, UK
Emma Lloyd premieres new work for violin and piano.
July 2013; St Giles Church, Cambridge, UK
The Cambridge Modern Orchestra premiere 'Storm at sea; thunder, wind and gulls' for 16 strings.
13-17 May 2013; Austrian Cultural Forum, London, UK
Composer in focus at Soundings Festival, run by Mary Dullea at the Austrian Cultural Forum, London.
7 April 2013; The Last Refuge, Peckham, UK
Premiere of 30' work for stage, 'Satyricon', collaboration with choreographer Jennifer Essex, at the Last Refuge.
2nd December 2012, 21:00; Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, London
Oliver Coates plays Yawl Ketch Schooner Brig (solo version) in London Sinfonietta's NEW MUSIC DAY 3
August 2012; DanceEast, Ipswich
2 week residency
20th May 2012; the American Church in Paris, Paris, France
Clayton Marcinak premieres The euphrates dominates the scene for baroque organ.
18th Nov '11, 19:30; First Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn, Brooklyn Heights, NYC, USA
Katelyn Clark plays Green distance in a concert with Ekmeles vocal ensemble as part of Music at First concert series.
29 Sep - 1 Oct '11; JoyceSoho, NYC, USA
Black tent on the plain choreographed by Joshua Beamish and performed by MOVE: the company. NYC premiere run.
1st Jul '11; Victoria Baths, Manchester, UK
World premiere of 'Jol Cache Scon Bri' a three cello version of Yawl Ketch Schooner Brig, at RNCM event Noise of many Waters.
9th May '11; Saskatoon, Canada
Black tent on the plain choreographed by Joshua Beamish for the White Birch Ballet Company.
25th Feb '11; Rolston Recital Hall, Banff Centre, Canada
Music box in 'Libra' (Stockhausen, 1974-5).
18th Feb '11; Rolston Recital Hall, Banff Centre, Canada
Playing the music box (!) in 'Aquarius' (Stockhausen, 1974-5) and piano 2 in Rzewski's Les Moutons de Panurge (1969).
17th Feb '11; Rolston Recital Hall, Banff Centre, Canada
Leading performance of Paragraph 7 of Cornelius Cardew's 'the Great Learning'.
2nd Feb '11; Rolston Recital Hall, Banff Centre, Canada
Katelyn Clark premieres Green distance for harpsichord.
Dec '10; Church of St. Thomas the Martyr, Bristol, UK
Improvising at the organ, to accompany English farmhouse cheese tasting hosted by leading artisan food producers and writers (in the candlelit aisle of an unused medieval church).
29th Feb '10; CBSO Centre, Birmingham, England
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (conducted by James Weeks) premiere Slow pan for piano and 6 players in Howard Skempton portrait concert. Recorded for broadcast on Radio 3.
27th Jan '10; Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, England
The RNCM Symphony Orchestra (conducted by Roland Boer) premiere Acanthus in sand.
11th Nov '09; Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, England
Cellist Dave McCann premieres Yawl Ketch Schooner Brig.
Sep '09; Bruno Walter Auditorium, Lincoln Center, NYC, USA
Premiere of Sand and Acanthus by the New York Miniaturist Ensemble, in very nice programme including Aperghis, Michael Finnissy, Jürg Frey and Stockhausen.
Jun '09; Manchester, England
Premiere of Buyuut al-dimashq (revised as Sand and Acanthus).
3rd May '09; Royal Festival Hall, London, England
The BBC Concert Orchestra premieres Rasafeh from the air. Recorded for broadcast on Radio 3.
Feb '08; BBC Studio 7, Manchester, England
The BBC Philharmonic Orchestra (conducted by James MacMillan) gives second performance of Rothko monody. Recorded for broadcast on Radio 3.
Jul '04; Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England
Nancy Ruffer and James Dussek/Endymion. Recorded for broadcast on Radio 3.
SYRIA AS IT IS.
Dayr Mar Mousa al-Habashi for Vanessa Russell (cello) 10'-15',
Monuments of Syria for Michael Perrett (clarinet) 10'-15',
The euphrates dominates the scene for Clayton Marcinak (baroque organ) 10'-15',
Timetables survive the places they served for Maggie Lauer (piccolo) 10'-15'.
To come: The Euphrates from the desert escarpment for Claire Poillion (viola),
Dead Cities for Miki Sawada (piano).
Storm at sea; thunder, wind and gulls for the Cambridge Modern Orchestra, lead by Duk-Kyung Chang.
A 20' work for violin and piano for Emma Lloyd+1.
A one-hour music theatre work, The Sand Tract, based on Harold St.John Philby's 1933 journal of his crossing of the Empty Quarter .
I'd like to make:
A night long survey of 1980s political Britain, in the model of 'le fond de l'air est rouge' (Chris Marker) for a wide stage.
A stage version of Sans Soleil (could that work? how could that work?).
Something with Tacita Dean, one day (dream).
A l a r g e scale orchestral piece for a l a r g e place. Orchestral music doesn't always have to be about glory and brilliance; something went wrong somewhere along the line.
An evening for two French classical organs in one echoey church.
A chamber organ concerto, for some Bach cantata period instrument setup.
Something for any intimate chamber music scenario imaginable.
A harmonium-led multiple-ensemble installation in defunct turbine system of an old hydroelectric power station in Toulouse.
Please get in touch if you'd like to help.
Acanthus in sand - 8' - 2010
3,3,2,2;4,3,2+btbn,0; 4perc[susp.cyms],harp; 12,10,8,0,4.
commissioned by the RNCM symphony orchestra
Rasafeh from the air - 10' - 2009
2afl w/amp,2,2,1+cbsn; 4,3,3,0;harp; 12,10,8,6,4.
commissioned by the BBC Concert Orchestra
Rothko Monody - 7' - 2007
3,3,3,3;4,3,3,0; 3perc,harp,pno; 14,12,10,8,6.
the Empty Quarter - 12' - 2008
$mz-s + 3picc,3,tsax,0,1+cbsn; 4,0,btpt,2+btbn;2perc,pno; 12,10,8,0,4.
for Rachel Gilmore
Text: Jim Harold, after Harold St.John Philby
3 flown birds - 10' - 2009
$ob + picc/bfl,clr,bsn;hn,tbn;prc,e-bgui,hrp,harmonium;2vln,vla,vc
Black tent on the plain - 9' - 2009
commissioned by the Eris Ensemble
Boxcar - 3' - 2009-2010
for Emma Lloyd
Buyuut al-dimashq - c.5' - 2007 (revised as 'Sand and acanthus')
Jol Cache Scon Bri - c.12' - 2011
$vc + 2vc
Papyrus Fragments - 10' - 2006
red sun scene - 10' - 2007
$egui. + afl,ca,clr;tbn;pf;vla,db
Ruins in the same sands - 10' - 2012
Three shorts written for dance by Paolo Mangiola, George Williamson and Jean Magnard
Sand and acanthus - 6' - 2008-2009
for the New York Miniaturist Ensemble
SYRIA AS IT IS - 60' - UNDERWAY
Separable solo sets for afl, cl, pf, org, vla, vc, with electronics if performed together.
Slow pan - 11' - 2009-2010
$pf + ob,clr;tbn;e-bgui,prc;vln
for Howard Skempton
commissioned by the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
Stills - 9' - 2008
for Abi Sanders
Boxcar - 4' - 2009
Dayr Mar Mousa al-Habashi - 15' - 2012
cello for Vanessa Russel
dedicated to my friends at the monastic community of Dayr Mar Mousa, Nebk, Syria
The euphrates dominates the scene - 10'-15' - 2012
for Clayton Marcinak
Green distance - 6' - 2011
harpsichord (with retuning)
for Katelyn Clark
Monuments of Syria - 15' - 2012
clarinet in Bb, C or turkish G soprano
for Michael Perett
Rasafa from the air - 7' - 2008
piccolo (=alto flute)
Ruins proven myth - 9' - 2011
for Jennie McGeoch
Sand, wrack and wave - 7' - 2007
Sandtract westward to plain - 10' - 2011-2012
harpsichord in any mean-tone temperament with 'home key' as C
for Chris Bagan
Yawl ketch schooner brig - 7' - 2009
for Dave McCann
American tundra - 6' - 2009
3 alto 3 tenors
bones pure white - 8' - 2008
sop, clàrsach [optional], harmonium
Text: Hugh MacDiarmid
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