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'Flux': 'New Music-New Dance'

Magazine article Gramophone

'Flux': 'New Music-New Dance'

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'Flux'

'New Music--New Dance' Bowden Airs No Oceans Keep (a) Frances-Hoad The Madness Industry (b) Higgins Atomic Cafe (c) Quinta Themistocles is Captured (d) Whitley Duo (e) (e) Eloisa-Fleur Thorn vn (e) Asher Zaccardelli va (d) Quinta magnetic resonator pf/vn/elecs (a) Fidelio Trio; (b) Onyx Brass; cRambert Orchestra / Paul Hoskins NMC (F) NMCD232 (56' * DDD)

Flux represents five recipients of Rambert Dance Company's Music Fellowship scheme. Established by the company's music director Paul Hoskins in 2009, the advantages of such a scheme are obvious: the year-long fellowship enables composers to engage and collaborate over a more prolonged period with dancers and directors, immersing themselves in the technical elements and principles of the form.

First up is Gavin Higgins's Atomic Cafe, whose bright, pop-art-style title is in fact a reference to a satirical film from the 1980s on how to survive a nuclear attack. The idea of opening a piece on a single pitch has been turned into a modernist mannerism by many spectral composers but Higgins's purposeful long-held opening D is poised for action. …

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