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: https://georgigill.blog
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
An now the result of Abstraction 41, another of Morgan Beringer’s abstractions which I created the music for. Also performed at the Video Jam event at FACT (Liverpool, 20th May 2016)
Videoartist: Morgan Beringer
Composer: Isabel Benito-Gutierrez
Saxophone: Tere Gomez