Apologies, I Am Here Now (2016) – Samuel Gillies (1987)
for bass clarinet, alto sax, percussion, cello, and electronics
Commissioned by the VIPA Festival for the [Switch~ Ensemble]
Premiered July 9, 2016 in Valencia, Spain
the [Switch~ Ensemble]
Madison Greenstone, bass clarinet
Phil Pierick, saxophone
T.J. Borden, cello
Megan Arns, percussion
“Apologies, I am here now” was a phrase that stared back at me from an email sometime in 2015, or possibly 2014… it doesn’t matter. In essence it meant very little, merely an acknowledgment of availability by the sender in response to an earlier missed call. Yet, in an instant I forgot this context and the phrase took on an almost crushing intensity. And then, almost as suddenly, it didn’t.
Sam Gillies is a composer and sound artist with an interest in the function of noise as both a musical and communicative code in music and art. His work treads the line between the musically beautiful and ugly, embracing live performance, multimedia, and installation art forms to create alternating sound worlds of extreme fragility and overwhelming density. Sam’s chamber music has been commissioned by the Vocal Constructivists, UK; the New Music Ensemble, UK; TURA New Music, AUS; and Decibel New Music, AUS; and he frequently performs live as an electronic artist, having toured in Australia, Japan, Europe and the United Kingdom. Sam’s work has been programmed for numerous international festivals, including the Dark Music Days Festival, Iceland; The Toronto Deep Wireless Festival of Radio Art, Canada; the Totally Huge New Music Festival, Perth; Stoke Newington Contemporary Music Festival, UK; and the International Computer Music Conference, Perth (2013), Greece (2014), and USA (2015).
In 2016 Sam was awarded the Liz Rhodes Scholarship in Musical Multimedia from the University of Huddersfield, where he will start his PhD in September under the supervision of Dr Julio d’Escriván. Sam recently completed a Masters in Music (Composition) at Goldsmiths, University of London under the supervision of Dr Patricia Alessandrini.
Recording Engineer: Jason Thorpe Buchanan
Mixed by Jason Thorpe Buchanan
- Contemporary Concert Music