It is a great pleasure to announce that Jay Capperauld has been commissioned to compose a brand-new Flute Concerto for flautist Katherine Bryan and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra as part of their 2020:21 Season. The new piece is titled ‘Our Gilded Veins’ and is inspired by the ancient Japanese art of gilding broken objects with a golden lacquer in order to not only repair the object but to highlight its previous damage in a special and positive way.
Jay says of the work:
“As an artistic tradition, if a plate is broken, instead of throwing that plate away it is glued together with gilded lacquer to emphasise and celebrate the break as part of the object's history. Essentially, as a human concept, this new piece is an honest reflection on damage, failure and scars with the intention of embracing the necessity of life’s negatives when attempting to forge a positive existential outcome.
The concept of cultivating a positive state of Mental Health is at the crux of this work’s aims. The concept of Kintsugi acts as a fitting metaphor for the human experience, which is an undeniable reflection of how we must interact with the external world as well as how we negotiate the various knocks that life throws our way. It is through this metaphor that ‘Our Gilded Veins’ attempts to explore and champion the message of positive mental health in a musical context, and the idea that broken objects ought to be celebrated and nurtured, not discarded.”
Our Gilded Veins will premiere as part of the RSNO’s Season Opening concert alongside Beethoven’s 9th Symphony ‘Ode to Joy’ on the 18th September 2020, 7.30pm at the Usher Hall in Edinburgh, with a repeat performance on the 19th September 2020, 7.30pm at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. Both concerts feature an pre-concert 'insight' conversations with Katherine Bryan and Jay Capperauld at 6.45pm.
18th September 2020, 7.30pm - Usher Hall, Edinburgh - insight conversation at 6.45pm
19th September 2020, 7.30pm - The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow - insight conversation at 6.45pm
The new project Afterlife is a cutting-edge new music and film project based around the fictional work ‘Sum’ by bestselling author David Eagleman. ‘Sum – 40 Tales from the Afterlives’ is a collection of vignettes exploring possibilities of post-death scenarios which alongside revealing unexpected and inventive possibilities for the afterlife, provide us with a lens through which to view our current lives with striking clarity.
The performance will consist of new compositions by Jay Capperauld while the music will be performed by two prizewinning graduates of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Lewis Banks (Saxophone) and Marianna Abrahamyan (Piano), whose combined abilities as a musical duo have earned them debut recitals at top London venues such as The Purcell Room and St Martin in the Fields in 2019. The project also integrates a number of short films from Manchester-based director Paul Wright, whose recent film ‘Fissure’ has been subject to strong critical acclaim.
This trio of new music, short film and live performance will seamlessly merge in a gripping live performance of ‘Afterlife’ to create a beautiful, unsettling and vivid artistic response to David Eagleman’s bestselling work, which will have a truly broad appeal to book fanatics, contemporary music specialists and film lovers alike.
Jay says of the project:
“Inspired by David Eagleman’s short story cycle ‘Sum: Forty tales from the afterlives’, this work, entitled Afterlife, comprises of several pieces for Alto Saxophone and Piano, and is conceptualised around a number of speculative stories that Eagleman created that postulate a diverse range of scenarios in which humans might find themselves in the afterlife.
Therefore, Afterlife attempts to capture the qualities of a selection of Eagleman’s short stories in a musical context, while pondering their intended meanings and existential (or post-existential) implications.”
Afterlife premieres at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland on the 27th September 2019 at 1pm.
This will be followed by a further performance at this year's Cumnock Tryst Festival 2019 on the 5th October at 4.30pm in the New Cumnock Town Hall.
Psappha Ensemble - Composing for Piano and Percussion Duo 2018/19
Jay Capperauld has been selected to take part in Psappha Ensemble ‘Composing For…’ scheme in which Jay will work closely with the ensemble in the creation of a new work for Piano and Percussion Duo. This Duo will comprise of the pianist Benjamin Powell and the percussionist (and Psappha Ensemble’s Artistic Director) Tim Willaims, who Jay will develop this new 5 minute work with over the coming 2018/19 Season.
Psappha Ensemble say: “We have been running our “Composing For…” talent development schemes since 2013, supporting the creation of new works for solo instruments and duos by emerging and early career composers by providing sustained, one-to-one contact with our expert musicians. The works created through our schemes are listed below. You can watch HD multicamera films and listen to audio by clicking the relevant icons.”
The scheme will culminate in a Filming and Recording day where the ensemble will produce a high-quality video performance of Jay’s new piece ‘Erratics’ for Piano and Percussion Duo.
Jay says of the new work:
“Erratics takes its inspiration from the masses of colossal rocking stones that can be found in various locations throughout the world, which are balanced in such a precarious way that they can be rocked back and forth by the application of force by a single person.This piece attempts to portray an abstract image of a vast rocking stone being pushed in various directions by two quasi-antagonistic characters, in the form of the Pianist and Percussionist, who instigate movement in the stone and agitate the musical material between them in order to influence the motion of this huge object. In this way, Erratics takes on a double-meaning in its title by acting in a capricious and unpredictable or “erratic” manner, which conveys the abnormal movements of these massive rocking stones.”
The video to Jay's new work Erratics can now be viewed via the link below.