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.

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 out on hat[now]ART 192 and has had some nice reviews, here and in The Wire magazine, where Julian Cowley writes: ‘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 (ER18), 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 in July Tom McKinney will record a CD of all my music for guitar . On my desk I have quite a lot of a new piece for piano, for John Snijders, and the beginnings of a new work for voices, for EXAUDI, but the main task at present is finishing the parts for 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.

Christopher Fox, 1 April 2015