Workshop with Distractfold Ensemble, May 2016.
Awarded honorary mention F I Williams Prize for Composition, April 2016.
Katinka is sonic exploration of a young girl’s Nightmare. Her name, Katinka, inspired the piece’s title, with its meaning ‘pure’ as a subtitle. Full of dramatic contrasts her nightmare was a rich vision of darkness, concrete and iron. Muted screams of a baby on a wax bed, walls opening onto more enclosures, and geysers of steam puncturing through the heavy dark underground space. I chose the violin as the main tool to discover the sound world contained inside this vision and borrowed Rudolf Laban’s movement analysis effort drives to structure the piece. This led to a variety of extended techniques with an emphasis on noise, organised into modules exploring flow, weight, time and space.