Research blog

I have recently created a new blog to be focused exclusively on the content of my PhD research. Findings, readings, conferences, events and other research outcomes will be explained here.

I hope you enjoy!


Merseyside Improvisors Orchestra Concert under the direction of David Leahy and with special guests Paloma Carrasco and Loz Speyer. 27/5. 8pm.

The Merseyside Improvisers Orchestra

David Leahy, bass player, composer, improvisor and contact dancer, who’ll be directing the orchestra this month writes about the concept behind the concert.

‘Musicians in space’ is based on the argument that the formal separation and the static positioning of the audience and performer does little to support a musical process, such as free improvisation, that is supposedly built on the close inter-relationship of all the elements of a performance ecosystem.
The Orchestra, needless to say are really excited about exploring his concept, and intrigued about how it will change the way we play and sound. Also for this concert we’ll be joined by old friends, the Spanish cellist and dancer Paloma Carrasco and trumpet player Loz Speyer. Loz returning again after directing the orchestra for their successful Sun Ra celebration and, Paloma after playing solo and with the orchestra for the concert in July 2016.

27th May. 8pm

Entrance £5…

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Here is the recording of one of my last pieces, Philomela. Philomela has been an amazing project that started with the Rosamond Prize pairing of composers from the Royal Northern College of Music and poets from Manchester Metropolitan University. I really enjoyed creating this music for flute, mezzo-soprano, vibraphone and flute, from the inspiring poem by Georgi Gill. Since I listen Georgi reciting poems and talking about David Bowie I knew we needed to work together. This is Georgi’s blog so you can know her work a bit more:

I hope you enjoy the poem and the music, we are both very happy with the result and soon we have more coming, something dark, very dark… and with more collaborators.

Unité d’ habitation (Cité Radieuse)

New piece! My wind quintet Unité d’ habitation (Cité Radieuse) is now finished! The work, commissioned by the Royal Northern College of Music for the In focus: Paul Patterson Festival will be performed on 9th June 2017, 6.00 pm at the Carol Nash Recital Room in the RNCM, Manchester.

This piece is based in one of Le Corbusier’s buildings Unité d’ habitation, the one in Marseille, France. I observed some very interesting structural and content concepts; the use of piloti, organisation of corridors and apartments, and the disposition of other venues in the building. Also, the idea of being considered one of the earliest representations of Brutalist architectural aesthetics made me inspire my music in this famous edifice and its intricacies.


Radio interview/ Entrevista en la Radio

The last December the Spanish painter Lucía Polanco invited me (and my mother) to her program “Los ojos de Lucía” in Dime Radio. Here you can listen and see the hilarious result. Thank you very much Lucía for inviting me, I really enjoy talking to you about art, music and a bit of everything. (Interview in Spanish)

El pasado Diciembre la pintora española Lucía Polando me invitó a mí (y a mi madre) a su programa “Los ojos de Lucía” en Dime Radio. Aquí podéis escuchar y ver el divertidísimo resultado. Muchas gracias por invitarme Lucía, me encantó hablar contigo sobre arte, música y un poco de todo.


Creando Futuros – Origen

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Obra terminada: “Origen” para soprano, percusión, piano y violoncello, basada en el poema homónimo de Pablo Escribano. Escrita para el concierto “Creando futuros” de la Fundación Botín que tendrá lugar en la sede de la Fundación en Santander el 19 de Diciembre.

A /a Vie

This piece written for flute, electronics and live painting is a co-creation between the artist Jakub Kreft and myself as composer. We both worked together in the transformation from an unreal sound and pre-recorded painting process to the natural source of sound and visual art, from the technological device to crafts. In this piece the painting process is part of the performance, so as the music perception is ephemeral also every brushstroke will be just perceptible while it is being executed in terms of action not of result.

In the first part of this interdisciplinary work the electronic music will be based in an existing painting process. These roles will be swapped towards the middle-end of the piece with the addition of the flute, from then on the artist will be using different brushes according to the extended techniques from the flute sound palette.

Composer/Artist: Isabel Benito-Gutierrez/ Jakub Kreft

Live Painting: Jakub Kreft

Flute: Agustin Fernandez-Rubio