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Solo

Inspired by Tzigane by Maurice Ravel, Solo explores waiting for death and waiting for war. We see Ravel on his death bed, in the last hour of his life, trying to remember his back catalogue. His mind unravelling, his memory fading, the displacement of his mental faculty nearly complete. Unable to notate music any more, he becomes lost in his fragmented thoughts, seeking asylum in sound, a refugee of his own debilitating dementia. Devised with Ollie Smith as part of a Ravel trilogy with Bolero (2014) and Concerto (2016). Commissioned by Lincoln Performing Arts Centre for FutureShock at Frequency 2017.

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