12th June 2017

8 p.m.

Wet Ink Festival of Adventurous Music for Large Ensemble

Wet Ink Festival of Adventurous Music for Large Ensemble

Monday, June 12th & Tuesday, June 13th, 2017
St. Peter's Church, Chelsea
$10 general, free for students

The Wet Ink Large Ensemble returns with a 2-night festival of ambitious, large-scale music in June, featuring works by the Wet Ink composers, Mikolaj Laskowski, Catherine Lamb, Tim Parkinson, and Peter Ablinger.


Sam Pluta: Portraits / Self Portraits
for violin soloist and ensemble
Josh Modney, violin

Tim Parkinson: ensemble 13
for large ensemble

Peter Ablinger: Black Series
for ensemble

Catherine Lamb: Parallaxis Forma
for voice and ensemble
Kate Soper, voice



3rd June 2017

10:30 p.m.

BBC Radio 3 - Hear & Now

BBC Radio 3 - Hear & Now

New music from the recent Tectonics Festival in Glasgow, presented by Kate Molleson and Robert Worby.

James Saunders: In which one thing depends on another 
Parkinson Saunders (vocals and objects)

Lawrence Dunn: Ambling, waking 
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ilan Volkov

James Saunders: Alternate between attention and ease
Parkinson Saunders (vocals and objects) 
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ilan Volkov

Roscoe Mitchell: Conversations
Roscoe Mitchell (saxophone)
Gianni Trovalusci (flute)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ilan Volkov

Triangulum: Islands
Julia Holter (vocal & keyboard); Catherine Lamb (vocal and violin); Laura Steenberge (vocal & viola da gamba).



27th May 2017

10 p.m.

BBC Radio 3 - Hear and Now

BBC Radio 3 - Hear and Now

Glasgow Tectonics Festival 2017 Episode 2 of 3

New music from the Tectonics Festival recorded in Glasgow earlier this month, presented by Robert Worby and Kate Molleson.

Shiori Usui: From Scratch
Shiori Usui (vocals)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ilan Volkov

Linda Catlin Smith: Ricercar
Alison McGillivray (baroque cello)

Tim Parkinson: Songs 2011

Lori Goldston: That Sunrise
Lori Goldston (cello)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ilan Volkov

Linda Catlin Smith: Morandi

Linda Catlin Smith: Adagietto
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ilan Volkov

Tim Hodgkinson (clarinet and guitar); Shelley Hirsch (vocals) Paul May (drums).



15th May 2017

8 p.m.

Four Short Pieces

Four Short Pieces (2014)

Kamil El-Ahmadieh (piano)

Janacek Academy, Brno, Czech Republic

13th May 2017

7 p.m.

Time With People @ Chance & Circumstance with Object Collection

Time With People @ Chance & Circumstance with Object Collection

Time with People is an experimental chamber opera by London-based composer Tim Parkinson for eight performers and a mound of 21st century detritus. Come celebrate 200,000 years of people with us as we evaluate the human-ness of things and the thing-ness of humans. Directed by Kara Feely.

Performers: Deborah Wallace, Daniel Allen Nelson, Catrin Lloyd-Bollard, Andie Springer, Eric Magnus, Tavish Miller, Taylor Levine, Marie Christine Katz, Travis Just.

Saturday May 13, 7pm
JACK, 505 Waverley Ave., Brooklyn
part of Chance and Circumstance festival

7th May 2017

7:30 p.m.

Parkinson Saunders with BBCSO @ Tectonics, Glasgow

Parkinson Saunders with BBCSO @ Tectonics, Glasgow

Closing Concert
Tectonics closes with an event in the Old Fruitmarket & Grand Hall.

Shiori Usui from scratch* (New Verison)
K-Space performance with Chyskyyrai+

Move to Grand Hall

Lawrence Dunn Ambling, waking (World Premiere)
Linda Catlin Smith Adagietto (European Premiere)
James Saunders alternate between attention and ease (BBC Commission)
Roscoe Mitchell CONVERSATIONS for orchestra (World Premiere)
Rub/Who Dat/Frenzy House/
They Rode for Them#

Shiori Usui voice*
Owen Green electronics*
Tim Hodgkinson reeds, lap steel guitar, electronics+
Parkinson Saunders voices, samples
Ken Hyder+
Gianni Trovalusci flute#
Roscoe Mitchell saxophones#
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Ilan Volkov conductor

Edinburgh-based composer Shiori Usui’s from scratch is a revised version of her 2007 work, based on her experience of eczema and is scored for orchestra, improvised voice/percussion and live-electronics. Chyskyyrai from Siberia, embodies the Sakha character of a menerik woman, one possessed by the spirits, and her vocal style draws on oral epics, folk songs and animal imitation. In this set she performs with K-Space (Tim and Ken Hyder).

After the move to the Grand Hall, Lawrence Dunn’s Ambling, waking is about the everyday struggle to emerge from sleep, but also about ‘waking’, as in mourning. Linda Catlin Smith’s Adagietto pays homage to the slow movements of classical and Baroque orchestral music, their pace “allowing for more complex harmony to be heard”. James Saunders’ World Premiere is typical of his open-form compositions that explore group behaviours and decision making, in this case using memory and mental effort to determine the resulting orchestral sound. Finally, Roscoe Mitchell’s Conversations for soloists and orchestra are based upon transcriptions of works from both of his CDs of the same name.


7th May 2017

4 p.m.

Parkinson Saunders @ Tectonics, Glasgow

Parkinson Saunders @ Tectonics, Glasgow

Chamber Concert 2: Linda Catlin Smith / Parkinson Saunders

The second chamber concert of the weekend features works by Linda Catlin Smith and Parkinson Saunders.

Linda Catlin Smith Ricercar* (European Premiere)
Linda Catlin Smith Morandi+ (European Premiere)
James Saunders in which one thing depends on another
Tim Parkinson songs 2011

Alison McGillivray cello*
Tim Parkinson performer
James Saunders performer

Scottish cellist Alison McGillivray performs Catlin Smith’s work for solo Baroque Cello, described by the composer as “a melody in search of its harmony”, while the composer’s Morandi is named after the Italian painter whose still lifes “reveal a preoccupation with the same objects, in muted colours, painted over and over again”. As well as being composers in their own right, Tim
Parkinson and James Saunders regularly perform together employing lo-fi electronics, ordinary objects, toys, vocalisations and other natural sound sources, resulting in a table-top orchestra of possibilities.


5th May 2017

8 p.m.



The Hits: Array Percussion Trio (Adam Campbell, Rick Sacks and David Schotzko)

Jo Kondo (Japan): A Volcano Mouth (1987)
Rolf Wallin (Norway): Twine (1995)
Rolf Wallin (Norway): Stonewave (1990)
Jordan Nobles (Canada): Rosetta Stone (2016)
Tim Parkinson (UK): Two Cardboard Boxes (2003)

The Hits: Array Percussion Trio
Friday, May 5, 8pm
The Array Space
155 Walnut Ave, M6J 3W3
$20 / PWYC


29th April 2017

12:15 p.m.

Time With People @ The Arts Club of Chicago with a.pe.ri.od.ic and Parsons & Charlesworth

Time With People @ The Arts Club of Chicago with a.pe.ri.od.ic and Parsons & Charlesworth

Time With People, with a.pe.ri.od.ic, and Parsons & Charlesworth

Join the music ensemble a.pe.ri.od.ic and object designers Jessica Charlesworth and Tim Parsons for the merging of their two practices in Time With People. Using absurdity, humor, and non-narrativity, Time With People is an hour-long music and theatre work by British composer Tim Parkinson (b. 1973) which “redefines fundamentals of opera from its 16th century origins.” Without characters, costumes, or even orchestral instruments, the soloists and chorus speak, dance, chant, and drum in a production that is alternately funny, playful, sad, and perplexing. The set, comprised of collected detritus, will be assembled as an installation by Parsons & Charlesworth, whose work was recently exhibited at the Chicago Cultural Center.

Free and open to the public.


11th April 2017

7 p.m.

we'll meet again @ City University, London


Tim Parkinson - we’ll meet again (2015) for solo piano (world premiere)
Michael Finnissy - Andersen-Liederkreis (2016) soprano and piano (London premiere)

Soprano Juliet Fraser and pianist Mark Knoop give the London premiere of Michael Finnissy’s Andersen-Liederkreis (2016), which engages with the weighty tradition of the song cycle. Hans Christian Andersen is universally famous for his fairy stories, but this cycle also sets his lyric poetry and ‘papiers collés’, revealing further the fantastical, droll and profound world of his imagination.

The programme opens with the world premiere of we’ll meet again, a piano solo by composer Tim Parkinson, whose extraordinary opera, Time With People, was previously staged at City in 2015.



Free concert
City, University of London, St John Street, London, EC1V 4PB, UK