July 22nd, 2022: Three Imaginary Dialogues, Musica Nova Festival, Kunstmuseum Reutlingen. Piano Duo Hayashikazi-Hagemann.
July 8th 2022: Lux Ardens, Ev.-Lutherische Kirchengemeinde, Nibüll, Germany, 7pm. Christina Meissner (cello).
July 7th 2022: Lux Ardens, St. Nicolai Kirche, Wyk auf Föhr, Germany, 8pm. Christina Meissner (cello).
July 3rd 2022: Lux Ardens, Städtische Galerie Harderbastei, Ingolstadt, Germany, 12pm. Christina Meissner (cello).
June 30th 2022: Lux Ardens, St. Petri Kirche, Wolgast, Germany, 8pm. Christina Meissner (cello).
June 28th 2022: Lux Ardens, Kirche, Altenkirchen/Rügen, Germany, 8pm, Christina Meissner (cello).
April 30th 2022: Lux Ardens, Elisabeth am See, Caputh, Germany, 5pm. Christina Meissner (cello).
March 10th, 2022: The scores of the educational pieces Double Games (4-hands piano), Children’s Pieces (piano), Three girls (piano) and Boann’s Song (Celtic harp) are now officially published by Composers Edition.
March 9th, 2022: Lux Ardens. Christina Meissner (cello). Galerie Profil, Weimar, Germany, 7.30pm.
March 5th, 2022: Lux Ardens (world premiere). Speyer Cathedral, a UNESCO world heritage basilica founded in AD 1030. Christina Meissner (cello). Lux Ardens is the opening piece of a cycle of new works for cello dealing with the notion of light, and inspired by the visions of medieval mystic Hildegard of Bingen.
John Palmer has never been afraid to express himself through his diverse and eclectic musical output as a cutting edge composer and performer or through his eloquent and exquisite linguistic skills. Each discipline becomes a work of art and a thought-provoking experience for all those who encounter it. Never be fooled by a book’s title – this publication is for all people from different landscapes to digest. John is about building bridges, finding common ground, stripping labels. He encourages us to stretch our imagination to unknown territories. With such a wealth of material to absorb and reflect on, I would urge that this publication Looking Within – The Music of John Palmer is most definitely on your reading list.
Dame Evelyn Glennie
A remarkable book, perhaps unique, the composer interviewed multiple times, with all the fresh perspectives that this creates. Many of the interviewers are performers who know the music from the inside, and indeed are co-creators with the composer of the works they discuss. The results are absorbing, almost a primer of what it means to be a creative musician. Particularly revealing are the accounts of how first conception starts to translate into musical ideas. So, too, is the wider context, the significance of music to life itself. Here the writing takes on a touching eloquence as Palmer describes the search for ‘transcendence’ and the questions that arise on the way, the answers to which ‘are written in the eternity that awaits me’.
Peter Hill, Pianist and Musicologist, Emeritus Professor of Music, University of Sheffield
This book is a collection of conversations with, and essays about, English composer John Palmer, conducted in collaboration with performers and composers associated with his music. Written in an informal style, it addresses his artistic development, philosophical and aesthetic concerns, and methods of compositional organization. Many of his pieces, from orchestral and chamber works to solo piano and electroacoustic music, receive detailed discussion. It is hard to imagine a better or more thorough introduction to the music and thought of this eminent, versatile, and cultured musician.
Fred Lerdahl, Fritz Reiner Professor Emeritus of Musical Composition, Columbia University, New York
John Palmer’s music enthrals the listener and sparkles with virtuosity, and in doing so, does a rare thing – it pushes boundaries whilst remaining relevant, enjoyable and true to itself. This book, for the first time, brings together interview, analysis and documentary accounts which reveal how Palmer achieves this and forms a valuable commentary on his creative practice that will be welcomed by listeners, composers and performers alike. Sensitive to cultural concerns, the book gives insight into how – for this composer – context informs technique, life-long curiosity and exploration are harnessed in pursuit of artistic honesty, and how a broad diaspora of human interaction is re-imagined in an entirely personal space that itself rejects pigeonholes and categories. The artistic context which underpins large-scale works such as the Trans cycle is positioned alongside first-hand accounts of the detail of musical construction, such as in Peter Wiegold’s interview on You and Koan. Through these juxtapositions, the reader is invited to share the creative process in a way that is both unpretentious and inspirational.
Prof. Ambrose Field, Composer, University of York
This fascinating collection of interviews and essays is a testament to the breadth and depth of John Palmer’s creative imagination. However, it is not just a book about a single composer and the dynamic of inheritance and originality that his art evokes, but about music itself. It is about music as an expression of human values which is inseparable from other disciplines such as poetry, philosophy, anthropology, the visual and dramatic arts and other disciplines through which human beings seek to capture the meanings fundamental to their existence. Palmer’s driving motivation is to explore how these meanings can be uncovered by music, bringing music into dialogue with all the other pursuits of human spirit. It is a book for anyone who has felt that music is more than entertainment, and feels the urge to explore and give content to this feeling.
Dr. Mikolaj Slawkowski-Rode, Philosopher, Blackfriars, University of Oxford, and University of Warsaw.
Authors and interviewers: Paul Alan Barker, Daniel Biro, Eva Böcker, Anna Cepollaro, Patrick Crossland, Késia Decoté, Ricardo Descalzo, Theodor Flindell, Neil Heyde, Egbert Hiller, Jeffrey Holmes, Ikuko Inoguchi, Suzanne Josek, Johannes Klumpp, Anne LeBaron, Charlotte Leport, Carin Levine, Andrew Lewis, Matsuo Masataka, Christina Meissner, Vittorio Parisi, Claudie Reduron, Klaus Schöpp, Aanaya Shanaya, Gavin Stewart, Nick Storring, Sergej Tchirkov, Agnese Toniutti, Dan Weymouth, Peter Wiegold.
April 23rd 2021: Three Imaginary Dialogues, Spitalhofsaal Reutlingen, 8pm. Piano Duo Hayashikazi-Hagemann.
February 15th: Composition Masterclass at the University of Bangor, Wales, United Kingdom.
February 8th: Composition Masterclass at the California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, Los Angeles, USA.
February 4th 2021: The new score of Aria a 3 (for alto flute, vibraphone and piano) inspired by the Aria of the Goldberg Variations has just been published by Composers Edition.
January 2021: New commission by the 2021 Zwischen Zeiten Symposium for a new trio for flute, vibraphone and piano based on the Aria of J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations. The new piece will be performed by the Rumanian Trio Contraste. The premiere is scheduled to take place at the University of Music of Dresden Carl Maria von Weber in April 2021 and will be followed by a CD release featuring the Trio Contraste and a publication in a book on the Goldberg Variations project.
December 2020: I am honoured to see Claudie Reduron’s new picture “En écoutant Beyond the Bridge” (2020), on gouache and ink, inspired by my piece Beyond the Bridge, for cello and electronics (1993).
November: the newly edited score of Transitions, (2000) for violin, clarinet, cello and piano is published by Composers Edition.
July: new score of Still (for bass flute, 6- and 12-string guitar and viola) published by Composers Edition.
June: New score of Utopia (music theatre for six instruments) published by Composers Edition
June 26th 2020: Three Imaginary Dialogues, Musica Nova Festival, Kunstmuseum Spendhaus, Reutlingen. Piano Duo Hayashikazi-Hagemann. CANCELLED!
Mai 15th 2020: Utopia (world premiere of revised version) and I, Medusa. Viktoriia Vitrenko, John Palmer & Ensemble. Musica Nova Festival, Theater Die Tonne, Reutlingen. CANCELLED!
Review of Conditional Action by Gavin Stewart on Pan – The Journal of the British Flute Society.
February 23rd 2020
First String Quartet (world premiere), Società Umanitaria di Milano, Salone degli Affreschi, Milan, Italy, 5pm. Alindequartett. CANCELLED!
Three Imaginary Dialogues, Stiftskirche Tübingen, 5pm. Piano Duo Hayashikazi-Hagemann.
Anagrams (world premiere), Musica Nova Festival, Reutlingen, Städtisches Kunstmuseum Spendhaus, 8pm. Vanessa Benelli Mosell (piano).
Sounding the Day, Veronika Blech, Tübingen, Germany.
Sounding the Day, Jessica Schlagmüller, Stuttgart, Germany.
Sounding the Day, Anna Springer, Kirchdorf, Germany.
Sounding the Day, Chiara Stadler, Sigmaringen, Germany.
Sounding the Day, Claire Serra, Stuttgart, Germany.
Vajra (world premiere), Zeitraumexit, Mannheim. Kristian Nyquist (harpsichord).
There, for String Orchestra and String Quartet (world premiere), Hofer Symphoniker with the Alindequartett cond. Johannes Klumpp. “Bauhaus im Konzert”. Rosenthal Theatre, 19:30, Selb, Germany.
Fado, Jost Costa Piano Duo, Transmusica, Kulturraum “die flora”, 20:00, Florastrasse 26, Gelsenkirche, Germany.
Pre-Performance Conversation with the Modern Art Ensemble in conjunction with the Berlin concert of June 13th.
Spirits, Transference, Trans-solos 1-6, Modern Art Ensemble & John Palmer, Zeiss Großplanetarium, Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin. With starry sky projection – mit Sternenhimmel-Projektion.
Three Girls, Salotto Musicala Favagna – Udine, Italy, Agnese Toniutti (piano).
Critica Classica, “Re di Donne” di John Palmer
Radio 3 Suite – Panorama: i concerti e gli spettacoli in giro per l’Italia
September 6th, 7th, 8th
Re di Donne, Chamber Opera (world premiere), Teatro Caio Melisso, Spoleto, Italy. Commissioned by Teatro Lirico Sperimentale di Spoleto. Music by John Palmer. Libretto by Cristina Battocletti and John Palmer. Ensemble with electronics conducted by Vittorio Parisi. Stage Director: Alessio Pizzech. Costumes: Clelia De Angelis.
Debutto dello Sperimentale: Un “Re di Donne” duro, repellente ma necessario. Vivo Umbria, Valentina Tatti Tonni.
Pioggia di applausi per la prima di Re di Donne – Spoleto Online.
INTERVISTÆ Re di Donne, a cura di Marcello Manuali
About Art Online: Successo per la prima mondiale di Re Di Donne al Teatro Sperimentale di Spoleto by Claudio Listanti.
Re di Donne al Caio Melisso, Il Giornale degli Umbri, Francesco Castellini.
15th September 2019 –
Re di Donne allo Sperimentale di Spoleto. Le Salon Musical interview with John Palmer
Vajra, Radio Broadcast on SWR2 “Jetztmusik”, 11:30pm.
Vajra (American premiere), Moore Musical Arts Center, Bowling Green State University, Ohio, USA. Kristian Nyquist (harpsichord).
Three Imaginary Dialogues
Pädagogisches Fachseminar, Hertzstrasse 16, building 06.40, Karlsruhe, 6pm. Piano Duo Hayashikazi-Hagemann.
Radio broadcast in Switzerland. Interview on Re di Donne with Cristina Battocletti and Carla Moreni on Swiss Radio RSI Rete 2 “Voi che sapete” programme, RSI Rete 2, Radio della Svizzera Italiana.
I, Medusa (world premiere) for female voice, double bass and electronics, Kunstraum 34, Stuttgart. Viktoriia Vitrenko (voice), Nazar Stets (double bass), John Palmer (electronics).
November 1st: “Three imaginary dialogues” CD release for the 50 Years of the Musica Nova Festival in Reutlingen, Germany. The piece was recorded by the Hayashikazi-Hagemann Piano Duo. The CD is part of the “50 Jahre musica nova Reutlingen” booklet edited by Michael Hagemann and published by Wolke Verlag. ISBN 978-3-95593-121-6.
The Zeiss Planetarium Berlin
June 2019 with the Modern Art Ensemble