what’s going on

This site began life as an adjunct to the old Fox Edition website but is now the main source of information about my work and is regularly up-dated. There’s a list of everything published by the Fox Edition and a list of performances. There are also musings on works-in-progress and  information about my writing, including some articles that aren’t so easy to find. I also add recordings which I hope people may find interesting, the newest being the late Bob Gilmore’s Tentative Affinities, Alan Hall’s Ligeti documentary (in which I make a series of appearances) and an old ‘Hear and Now’ clip about cowbells.

The beginning of the new year has mostly been about CDs. Philip Thomas’s CD of my ‘Works for Piano’, Republican Bagatelles, Thermogenesis, at the edge of time and L’ascenseur is now officially released on hat[now]ART 192 and has had some nice reviews, here and in The Wire magazine, where Julian Cowley writes: ‘In realising Fox’s Thermogenesis pianist Philip Thomas initially wears big mittens. These are removed to reveal gloves which in turn are discarded, leaving the performer to complete the task bare-handed. This playful piece was conceived to demonstrate how a musician might contrive to get warm in a cold climate. Fox compositions often seem to involve an idea finding its material and taking on weight, rather as words jotted on paper by Ian Hamilton Finlay – a poet Fox admires – would expand in significance when carved in stone and embedded in landscape. Entrusting the manual work to longterm collaborator Thomas is a wise step. In his hands L’ascenseur, a vigorous test for the piano’s fidelity and player’s evenness of execution, advances like sonorous rubble jostling on a rising conveyor belt. at the edge of time probes the afterlife of a single recurrent pitch through the interaction of harmonics, at length and absorbingly. Republican Bagatelles churns variations by Beethoven and Ives, dredges up “God Save The Queen” and “The Red Flag”, and ends with a two-fisted barrage. Quirky, stimulating and substantial music.’

Anton Lukoszevieze’s wonderful new recordings of my cello music – arc, re:play, Susan’s Purple, The Dark Road and a multi-track version of The Feeling of Remembering – are being edited for an Ergodos CD, and an LP too (with some collectable differences between the two). Soon there will also be sessions for a new Metier CD with Elizabeth Hilliard singing vocal music by me, Linda Buckley, Grainne Mulvey and David Bremner, and Tom McKinney is planning to record a CD of all my music for guitar in July. On my desk is Topophony, a piece for Ilan Volkov, the improvising musician Rhodri Davies, and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, to be premiered in the 2015 Tectonics Festival, and the beginnings of new works for piano, for John Snijders, and voices, for EXAUDI.

Christopher Fox, 27 February 2015