Biography

MICHAEL BONAVENTURE (b. 1962, Edinburgh), composer, concertising organist and promoter of new and experimental music based in Edinburgh & Amsterdam. His sonic universe is often mantric and ritualistic, deriving inspiration from imaginary worlds, astronomical and astrological phenomena, and landscapes both ancient and urban/industrial. Extended cyclic works predominate in his output, which includes a large number of electronic and electro-acoustic pieces as well as chamber, instrumental, choral and organ music. Recent examples are “Morphology” (2017 - 18) for organ & electronics, “Seven Days” (2011 - 16) for saxophones & piano, “Darenth” (2011) and an ongoing and open-ended series of “Preludes, Interludes & Postludes” (2016 -) for organ, "Spellshaper" (2019) for trombone & electronics, "101" (2019) for electronics, percusssion & organ, Castellations” (2015) for carillon, "Celestial Objects"(2016) for organ & electronics, and "Green Odyssey" & "Black Odyssey"(2013) for piano. His music is published by Firehead Editions (www.FireheadEditions.com) and has been heard on BBC Radio 3 and performed internationally, and many of his electronic works have been played on Radio Onda Rossa (Italy), Concertzender (Netherlands) and on Resonance EXTRA/Resonance FM radio as part of 'The Recognition Test' broadcasts produced by the Unexplained Sounds Group, who in 2017 released a digital album of his music entitled 'Works 2008 -2017'. More recently, a new CD album of his electroacoustic music, entitled 'In tenebris ratione organi', was released on the Eighth Tower Records label (https://eighthtowerrecords.bandcamp.com/) in August 2019.

Together with Huw Morgan and Lauren Redhead he is a member of the collective Automatronic, formed in 2013 to promote new music for organ and electronics (www.automatronic.co.uk); with Luiz Henrique Yudo and René Baptist Huysmans in The Netherlands he is a member of the MuizManz collective, which presents annual concerts of new and ancient music in the historic Grote Kerk of Oosthuizen, near Amsterdam.  As an interpreter of new music he has worked with a huge number of composers both in the UK and internationally, concertized throughout the UK, Europe & USA, on BBC Radio 3 & Radio Scoaltnd, premiered well over 100 new works and made numerous CDs; these include four volumes of Contemporary British Organ Music on the sfz label, and the later organ cycles of Olivier Messiaen on Delphian Records. 


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