KINTSUKUROI: (Golden Repair)

KINTSUKUROI: (Golden Repair) (2016)

For orchestra

Duration: 7'30"

first performed by the Brand New Orchestra, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester (13/10/16)

First broadcast BBC Radio 3 (20/01/18) Performed by BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Mark Heron (14/11/17)

Asian Premiere by the Oxford University Orchestra with Japanese Orchestra Motif, conducted by Cayenna Ponchione, Hiroshi Fujiwara Memorial Hall, Yokohama, Japan (21/03/19)

Shortlisted for the 2018 ISCM World Music Days Festival, Beijing

KINTSUKUROI:(Golden Repair) is a short orchestral work based on a Japanese form of pottery art in which broken pottery is mended back together with gold instead of glue. This creates individual, fragile golden seams across the pot as they naturally occurred. In this piece, fleeting and delicate lines encircle the opening above a dark, undulating texture that builds until it suddenly breaks, which resembles the shattering of the pot. Growing out of this, a constant and iridescent soundworld is created to reflect the intentions of the art form; it has been made more beautiful for having been broken.' ©G.E.M.2016

©Cover Image: 'KINTSUKUROI' Painting by Grace-Evangeline Mason 2016