ZEITLIN (ON) FOR SOLO PIANO
Published by Divine Art Edition
Denny Zeitlin is an American jazz pianist and practising psychotherapist. ‘Zeitlin (on)’ was inspired by his playing, which it resembles in its use of similar chord formations and melodic contours. The music isn’t taken from any specific instances in Zeitlin’s work, more taking on some of the characteristics of his music from time to time, particularly in the slow central section, which includes a brief suggestion of Zeitlin’s interpretation of the Thelonius Monk / Cootie Williams tune ‘Round Midnight’.
The natural, fluent musicality that can be heard in ‘Zeitlin (on)’ bridges the gap between jazz and classical music, as well as showing up the falsehoods in our understanding of both.
TWELVE CIRCLES FOR SOLO MARIMBA
Published by Southern Percussion
Twelve Circles consists of three main sections, each following a mostly conventional harmonic language, but exploring the dissonant sounds as much as the tonal ones. The energetic rhythmic motifs found in the outer sections, minimalist in style, set up a groove whilst unexpected time signature changes trip up the pulse. The calmer inner section, with its modulating motifs, explores in detail the ‘circle of fifths’, a harmonic feature found twelve times in the piece, hence the title. Twelve Circles was commissioned by Eddy Hackett and is dedicated to Valerie Bloomfield Ambrose.
Twelve Circles was premiered at the Reid Concert Hall, Edinburgh on 2nd February 2018.
DECODING SKIN (ALBUM)
Released by Divine Art Recordings
Max Wilson's 'Zeitlin (On)' features alongside works by composers Iannis Xenakis, Michael Finnissy and Morton Feldman performed by pianist Philip Howard.
"...A fine début, with the many repertoire challenges within eloquently and skilfully met... One of numerous younger British pianist[s] focusing on 20th-century and contemporary repertoire, Philip Howard won first prize in the 2003 International Gaudeamus Interpreters' Competition and plays to his strengths on this auspicious recorded début.." (Gramaphone Magazine)