Jim Pywell

composer ~ performer

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YEAR

 

TITLE

SCORED FOR

DURATION

NUMBER OF PERFORMANCES

1989

Cereal Music

First performed by The Firebird Ensemble at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (conductor Barrie Webb)

string quartet, clarinet, piano and percussion

12’

4

1989

Transition Chain

bassoon with live electronics and 4-track tape

1

1989

Colin’s Revenge/

Return of the Bristles

for large ensemble

11’

1

1990/1

Vocal & instrumental music for children

various

80’ approx

5

1992

Love and Death

musical play for children

30’ approx

3

1993

Sextet for Piano and Wind Instruments

Written for Nairobi International Ensemble.

First performed at the French Cultural Centre, Nairobi.

UK Premiere by the Regent Wind Quintet with Dominic Saunders at St. Giles’ Cripplegate, London (promoted by SPNM)

fl.ob.cl.hn.bsn.pno

18’

3

1993

Windows Into A City

chamber ensemble

0

1993

String Quartet No. 2

string quartet

0

1994

Jua Kali

First Performed by Frances-Marie Uitti and Peter Sulski at Dartington International Summer School

viola and cello

1

1995

Hakuna Matatu

piano (4 hands), clarinet, cello, violin, trumpet, saxophone and flute

1

1995

Violin Duo

2 violins

0

1996

Watered Unisons

First performed by The Firebird Ensemble at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (Conductor Barrie Webb)

SPNM shortlisted

clarinet, viola and marimba

2

1996

Three Beginnings

Written for the Chinook Clarinet Quartet.

First performed at the Clarinet & Saxophone Society of Great Britain annual conference, Lancaster University.

Subsequent performance venues include Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London, and conferences in Poland and Hungary.

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clarinet quartet (1 doubling bass clar)

30+

1998

Just Visiting

First performed by Steve Altoft and Jim Pywell at Hebden Bridge Arts Festival

trumpet and bassoon

2’ upwards; flexible

1

1999

Dans Sergisi/Dance Exhibition

site-specific music and dance collaboration with Aydin Teker (Istanbul)

Istanbul International Theatre Festival 1999

melodica, djembe, percussion, vocalist

 

45’

5

1999

Odak-Focus

choreographed by Aydin Teker (Istanbul)

tape

12’

1

2000

Switchback

Written for Backbeat Percussion Quartet.

First performed at the Royal Festival Hall, London.

Subsequent performance venues include Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh and a broadcast on Japanese national television in 2001

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2 marimbas, 4 players

14’

45+

2002

Indaba Dance Sketch

harp, mandolin, guitar, violin, piano and bass clarinet

1

2002

Waking Up Graham

Written for Insomnio

First performed at the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown, South Africa

harp, mandolin, guitar, violin, piano, bass clarinet, percussion, piccolo, viola and cello

5’ upwards; flexible

1

2005

Yellow Stripe

Commissioned by the Education Trust of BASBWE British Association of Symphonic Bands and Wind Ensembles

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symphonic wind orchestra

Premiered by the Derbyshire City & County Youth Wind Band 21.07.06; published by Maecenas Music

2005 Music Into Colour

Collaboration with Kenyan composer Kagema Gichuhi to create live music and sound installation for the True Colours exhibition at RaMoMa Gallery of Modern Art, Nairobi.

CD now available

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bassoon, flute, chivoti, voices and tape 24’ part live performance 07.09.05

subsequent playings during exhibition 07.09.05 to 23.09.05

2009 Mozart On Moi Avenue

Collaboration with Kenyan and Indian musicians to produce this album of music by Kachumbari Seven Band.

 

bassoon, African instruments and Indian instruments 53’ various live performances, plus CD broadcasts
2011 Legend of The Ngong Hills

Music score written, recorded and produced for this short animated feature directed by Kenyan animator Kwame Nyong'o.

film music score 8’ DVD released March 2011
         
Works In Progress

Untitled work for Duo Contour (percussion, tape and 19-tone trumpet)

Digital Video Film featuring animation of the artwork from the True Colours exhibition, combined with the music track Colourdream