Portfolio: Live music from Joby Burgess: Aluminium Music

Portfolio - Joby Burgess: Aluminium Music
Portfolio - Joby Burgess: Aluminium Music
Friday 8th January 2016
National Portrait Gallery
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Sound and Music with the National Portrait Gallery

This January experience some great live new music from Joby Burgess: Aluminium Music with Friday Night Music, Late Shift at the National Portrait Gallery. This work was created on our artistic development programme Portfolio

Event Details 

Friday 8th January 2016 / 18.30pm / Free

National Portrait Gallery 

Music for percussion and electronics by composers Eugene Birman, Chris Roe, Benjamin Tassie and Lee Westwood created on Sound and Music’s ‘Portfolio’ scheme.


Eugene Birman We Are Not Alone
Chris Roe
 Tidal Breath
Benjamin Tassie 
Lee Westwood


Dobrinka Tabakova Frozen River Flows
Howard Skempton 
Random Girl

with Janey Miller oboe

Find out more about the National Portrait Gallery and Late Shift Events 


Portfolio is a Sound and Music artist development programme.   

Aimed at talented composers at an early stage in their career, Sound and Music’s Portfolio scheme provides a key development opportunity for composers to create new work with and for some of the UK’s leading ensembles and presenters of new music. Portfolio enables them to develop their portfolio of work and gain vital artistic and practical insight and experience in working with professional ensembles and presenting organisations, and delivering new work to public audiences.  

Find out more about our Portfolio Programme 

As part of the Portfolio programme, Sound and Music and percussionist Joby Burgess offered an opportunity for up to five composers to develop their skills in writing for solo percussion focussing on the vibraphone and canna sonora. Composers spent time working with him, and have new works premiered by him. Participating composers have had the opportunity to develop their new pieces in 3 workshop sessions with Joby prior to the final performance. 

Joby Burgess, Howard Skempton and Eugene Birman at the first workshop.

Creative Project Leader Harry Cooper explained: 

‘This performance is the culmination of a fascinating Portfolio scheme where these four artistically diverse composers have written music for percussion instruments specifically made out of aluminium. Alongside the well known and loved vibraphone is the ‘canna Sonora’ – recognisable from sci fi and horror film soundtracks if not by name. Composers Ben Tassie, Lee Westwood, Chris Roe and Eugene Birman have worked closely over the last year with Joby Burgess and mentor Howard Skempton to devise new works for these brilliantly expressive instruments, for which only limited solo repertoire exists.’

About Joby Burgess  

Joby Burgess, one of Britain’s most diverse percussionists, is best known for his virtuosic, often lissom performances, daring collaborations, extensive education work, and regularly appears throughout Europe, the USA and beyond. 

Joby commits much of his time to his own projects, most notably the audio visual collective Powerplant - with sound designer, Matthew Fairclough and visual artist, Kathy Hinde - where the worlds of minimalism and electronica collide. Since 2001 Joby has been at the forefront of Britain’s leading percussion group Ensemble Bash and performs regularly with several duo partners including oboist, Janey Miller as New Noise and cellist, Matthew Sharp as Uncharted. 2014 sees a new collaboration with The Smith Quartet and new commissions from Graham Fitkin and Will Gregory. 

Dedicated to the development of the percussion repertoire, often in combination with electronics, Joby spends much of his time commissioning and recording new music. 

Find out more about Joby Burgess


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