The Ring of Brodgar
This ancient stone circle lies on a narrow spit of land between two lochs
on the largest of the Orkney Islands. It is at least 5000 years old and
some 27 of the original (63) stones are still in place.
Symon Clark was joint winner of the Greater
London Arts Association Young Composer of the Year in 1981 and has since
written pieces to commissions from Divertimenti, Lontano, the Elysian
Wind Quintet, the soprano Kathryn Harries, the pianist Andrew Ball, the
London Gabrielli Brass Ensemble (with Jane Manning and Mary King). The
Brindisi and Medici String Quartets have also performed his music.
During the last ten years he has concentrated on writing music for Javanese
gamelan instruments and several groups have performed his compositions
to international acclaim. The Magic Mirror in a BBC Invitation
Concert in Manchester and the unusual ballet Toccare, for gamelan,
electro-acoustic effects, and western, flute to a commission
from Colourscape Festival in 1995. Strange Attractor and Landscape
with Haiku were written especially for ab gamelan (and are now released
on CD) and The Dissolving Tree, for voice (Mary King) and gamelan,
was performed at the ISCM Festival in Manchester in 1998. He has also
written the Spirits Pilgrim, for a Javanese gadhon ensemble,
featuring mezzo-soprano and alto flute and three new works for ab gamelan
,Bone Shadows, Fugitive Pieces and Bonang Spiritual, all
due for performance in 2001 at the International Music Festival in Bremen.
He has also recently composed Echos Bones, for clarinet,
violin and a gamelan in chromatic western tuning, to a commission
from the Dutch group Ensemble Multifoon; the piece was performed by them
on tour in Holland during 2000. He has also written a western
percussion piece, Bone Chant, for Ensemble Bash.
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