This summer I was a participant composer at the Etchings Festival which takes place in the beautiful village of Auvillar in southwest France. It was a week long event where composers brought a new piece and worked with the resident ensemble, ECCE, and violist Garth Knox. Composer Mark Andre was teaching throughout the festival and we had further sessions with Beat Furrer and John Aylward. There was also time to have a break, go for a wander through the village and discover some of its rich history.
To cap off the week, our new works were performed in concert in a stunning old church by the Garonne river. It was a wonderful experience with many new friends made!
Below is recording and score sample of my piece Ripples which was premiered at the festival.
Performed by the ECCE Ensemble
Diamanda Dramm – violin
Szymon Kaça – bass clarinet
Virginie Tarrête – harp
László Hudacsek – percussion
Jean-Philippe Wurtz – Conductor
The ensemble rehearsing with Garth Knox
A view over Auvillar
2014 Etchings Festival final concert
2014 Etchings Festival composers and musicians. Photo: Serafim Smigelskiy