As part of my residency at the British Music Collection I researched graphic, open and experimental scores for piano or any solo instrument. The following five pieces are all contained within the British Music Collection.
I selected four scores which I found either interesting or challenging to interpret. In addition, I created a new visual score of my own. We filmed and recorded my performances at Leeds College of Music and I briefly explain my approach to each piece before I perform it.
I am hearing impaired; I wear hearing aids and lipread. I lost my hearing through contracting the encephalitis virus [inflammation of the brain] when I was a child. My hearing loss primarily effects my ability to decipher high frequency sound. In addition, I have hyperacusis which is an increased sensitivity to certain frequencies and a ‘collapsed tolerance’ to typical environmental sound for which I frequently need to wear ear plugs to prevent ear pain and resulting headaches. I have been creating work directly influenced by my experience of deafness since 2007
Param Vir: Ratri
Param Vir began composition lessons in India at the age of fourteen. His family had a background in Indian classical music and these sounds permeated his childhood. He moved to England in 1983 to study with Peter Maxwell Davies at Dartington and later with Oliver Knussen at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. His style is a synthesis of Western tradition and Eastern aesthetics. He has a particular affinity for dramatic genres and amongst his most performed works are the operatic double bill Snatched by the Gods and Broken Strings, commissioned by Henze for the Munich Biennale, and the full length opera Ion which premiered at the 2000 Aldeburgh Festival. He lives in London.