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, “Castellations” (2015) for carillon, "Celestial Objects"(2016) for organ & electronics, and "Green Odyssey"(2013) & "Black Odyssey"(2013) for piano. His music has been heard on BBC Radio 3 and performed internationally, and many of his electronic works have been played on Resonance EXTRA/Resonance FM radio in 'The Recognition Test' broadcasts produced by the Unexplained Sounds Group, who in 2017 released a digital album of his music entitled 'Works 2008 -17'.  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. As an interpreter of new music he has worked with a huge number of composers internationally, concertized throughout the UK, Europe & USA, on BBC Radio 3, 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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