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Over the past four years, clarinettist Pete Furniss has developed an electro-instrumental approach that investigates the roles of performer, composer and technology for the contemporry instrumentalist. In this short retrospective of recent work as part of a PhD in Creative Music Practice at the University of Edinburgh (ECA), lines are blurred between composition and improvisation, performer and composer, and between computer system and instrument.
Richard Dudas Prelude no.2 for clarinet and computer 2006
Alex Harker Fluence for clarinet and Max/MSP 2010
Pete Furniss Fragmentations for bass clarinet and laptop 2015
Pete Furniss gruntCount for bass clarinet and laptop 2014
Pete Furniss An errant soothing for clarinet and laptop 2016
Pete Furniss is a clarinettist, improviser, researcher and educator and has performed internationally for 25 years across a variety of genres, including orchestral and chamber music, a wide variety of contemporary and electronic musics, and both idiomatic and free improvisation.
His work has recently focused on bringing electronics and digital technology alongside the practice of traditional traditional instruments. He completed a doctoral research programme in Creative Music Practice at the University of Edinburgh (ECA) in 2017, supported by an award from the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), and has presented related performances and papers at conferences in Lisbon, Athens, Seoul, Amsterdam (STEIM), Edinburgh, Brighton, Sheffield, Manchester and at the Barbican Centre, London.
Pete is an active educator and community musician, working across the UK. He is is a Lecturer in Performance at Goldsmiths University of London, and tutor in Clarinet and Performance at the Universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow. Ongoing projects include Scottish Chamber Orchestra Connect's Vibe programme, and work with Red Note Ensemble, Sound Festival and Love Music. He worked for over a decade with the DaCapo Music Foundation in London, bringing access and student-centred learning to people of all ages and experience—teaching, coaching, mentoring, presenting, directing ensembles and composing two large-scale works for orchestra and massed children’s choir. He was also a founder, conductor and arranger for Edinburgh’s gargantuan, genre defying young band Tinderbox Orchestra.
Solo recordings include Time Pieces (2007, Clarinet Classics) and Mendelssohn’s pieces for clarinet and basset horn with Dimitri Ashkenazy (1994, Pan Classics). In 2015 he released Bitter Together (Fabrikant Records) with guitarist Haftor Medbøe, a set of improvisations using analogue and digital electronics. A forthcoming CD Clarinetronics (Clarinet Classics), featuring works by Pierre Boulez, Alex Harker, Richard Dudas, Andrew May, and his own works, is set for release in 2018, as well as an album dedicated to solos and collaborations in Martin Parker’s immersive software environment gruntCount.
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