New Video of Still Above Ground (world première performance)
This short elegy for cello and piano was written in memory of my grandfather, Douglas Richard Reeves, who passed away in 2016, aged 92. Douglas was an accomplished jazz guitarist, trumpeter, pianist and arranger. His sound and harmonic sophistication on the piano were unmistakable, and it was he that inspired my deep love of Bill Evans. I have tried to capture something of this harmonic world here.
Score and parts available from Composers Edition
Juanmanuel Flores plays Scordatura Squid I and II
On 21 September 2018, Mexican violinist Juanmanuel Flores will play Reeves’s two works for detuned violin as part of the Norte Creativo 2018 Festival at the Escuela Adolfo Prieto in Monterrey, Mexico.
Spells, Remedies and Potions – The Pendle Witch Trials
Reeves’s three motets inspired by the Pendle Witch Trials of 1612 will be premiered at the Pendle Heritage Centre on Saturday 13 October 2018. The motets are for 13 sopranos, symbolizing a kind of inverted and demonic Last Supper. The words are taken from the Malleus Maleficarum – the 16th century witch hunter’s manual, outlining methods for the detection, trial, torture and execution of witches. Boiling bodies to make soup, copulating with Satan, twisting limbs and cracking bone, drinking from skin, eating babies and more. Think Megadeth, Black Sabbath, Metallica, Wes Craven and George A Romero…but for sopranos!
Psappha premiere Still Above Ground
Reeves’s work for cello and piano, Still Above Ground, is an elegy written in memory of his grandfather, Douglas Reeves. Douglas Richard Reeves, who passed away in 2016, aged 92, was an accomplished jazz guitarist, trumpeter, pianist and arranger. His sound and harmonic sophistication on the piano were unmistakable, and it was he that inspired Reeves’s deep love of Bill Evans. The music is imbued with loss and echoes of the harmonic sophistication of modern jazz.
Psappha’s Jennifer Langridge and Benjamin Powell premiere the work as part of Psappha’s ‘Less is More’ concert at St Michael’s, Ancoats, Manchester on 15 November 2018More News...