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2O13:
HONG KONG - PAPA WESTRAY
 
2O11:
SURVEY 01
 
2O1O:
PAPAY HOLM
 
2O11:
THE ENTIRE POPULATION OF PAPAY
 
2OO8 - 2OO9:
RECORDINGS
 
2OO7:
CELLORHYTHMICS IN PAPAY
 
 
 
JAMES HESFORD
: MUSIC
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James originally comes from Yorkshire and established himself as a leading jazz musician in London in the 1970ís. In 1980 he won the Arts Council GLAA Young Jazz Musician of the Year.

He recorded his first Album for EMI Records at Abbey Road Studios. James is founder and leader of the WCMO (Working Classical Music Orchestra) the PGO (Pocket Guerrilla Orchestra) and Cellorhythmics. Jamesí has composed for contemporary classical music ensembles, Theatre, Film and TV.

Recent work includes: World premiere Citerna & Sham Shui Po Circles for 12 pianos at the Royal Festival Hall, Channel 4, pick of the week documentary Sex, Lies and Parkinsonís, National Lottery Theme BBC, Michael Parkinson - Talkshow Story, David Almondís Heaven Eyes, Kaliís (Asian Womenís Theatre) Gandhi and Coconuts, Kensington Palace documentary commission Victoria

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2013: PAPA WESTRAY - HONG KONG
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JAMES HESFORD, our composer in residency, is back to Papay to work on a new place-specific sound poem and instrumental composition commissioned by LAPW and PAPAY GYRO NIGHTS.
New works will add to the existing collection of ORKNEY SERIES written by James Hesford:

The Entire Population of Papa Westray - composition based on papay dance tunes performed by Working Classical Music Orchestra and released as a single by L.A.P.W. and as a part of WCMO album "Objectivity Maintenance"

FESTIVAL COMMISSION and EP LAUNCH

PAPA WESTRAY - HONG KONG

PAPA WESTRAY CIRCLE FOR 8 FLUTES
PAPA WESTRAY SOUND POEM
SHAM SHUI PO CIRCLE FOR 12 GRAND PIANOS
SHAM SHUI PO SOUND POEM



This summer James Hesford visited Papay to work on a new PGN / LAPW commission:
Papa Westray Sound Poem
and
Circle - Papa Westray . composition for 8 flutes.
We are releasing EP album JAMES HESFORD: PAPA WESTRAY - HONG KONG, which includes also two pevious works created during our project in Hong Kong
 
 
2011:
MUSIC FOR A FILM BY DAVID KEW - SURVEY 01
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SURVEY 01
6min, 2011
Music: James Hesford


Survey 01

This collaboration is a result of a one-week LAND ART residency on Papa Westray.

We make no claims for objectivity for the film, instead this is a subjective and impressionistic response to the island’s remote position on the edge of Europe.
An island where nature is patiently reclaiming and obliterating the relics of past human endeavour, subsuming them back into a profound and beguiling natural order where wind, ocean and sun reign supreme.

David Kew and James Hesford


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2010: CIRCLE - PAPAY HOLM
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Composer James Hesford's work “Papay Holm” was performed by the baroque choir Fiori Musicali in a reconstructed ancient language of Orkney Nynorn during Felcino Bianco Festival in Citerna Italy in July 2010.

Text is a chart for wind and sea - used to describe what happens when the wind blows.... One is related to land the other the sea...

We'd like to bring this work home, in Orkney, performed at Papay Holm, Ring of Brodgar and St. Magnus Cathedral



PAPEY HOLM
Nynorn text:

Då vinden ferder en mil on timen - lygn.
Sjuen ir ens og glerlek.

Ir ferden en til tru mil on timen - fliro.
Kirrkarr veð fyribyrþ av raitler myntast
men uten skumkambar.

Veð fyre til seks - grå.
Smubårer enn stuttar, min mere tøtligar.
Bårekambar glereter og kraga ikke.

Veð åtta til tolv - litið lot - sturar smubårer,
bårekambar byrra at kraga, skum gleret,
kanske dunkande vit ross.

Veð tretten til sjøtjen - anduvsgrå.
Bårer vaksa, tiþ vit ross.

Veð åtjen til tuttu fyre – køl –
Størri bårer ið gerast tøtligare
Marg vit ross myntast. Kast fyri spri.

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English text:

When the wind is traveling at one mile per hour – calm
The Sea is like a mirror

At speeds of one to three miles per hour – light air
Ripples with the appearance of scales (fish scales) are formed
But without foam crests

At four to six – a light breeze
Small wavelets, still short, but more pronounced.
Crests have a glassy appearance and do not break.

At eight to twelve – a gentle breeze – large wavelets,
Crests begin to break, foam of glassy appearance,
Perhaps scattered white horses.

At thirteen to seventeen – a moderate breeze.
Small waves, becoming larger; fairly frequent white horses


At eighteen to twenty-four – a fresh breeze –
Moderate waves, taking a more pronounced long form
many white horses are formed. Chance of some spray



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2011: T.E.P.O.P.W. - MUSIC COMMISSION
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"The Entire Population of Papa Westray" was commissioned by Land Art - Papa Westray. For PAPAY GYRO NIGHTS 2011 the composition will be released as a single and will be used to create a sound installation in PAPAY

James Hesford - composer,
Mikey Kirkpatrick - Flute,
Julian Saxl- violin,
Marc Layton Bennett - snare drum/hide skin drum ,
James Hesford - accordion


I noticed that many of the Scottish tunes are named after people. I decided that I would write a very long tune giving 4 bars of music to each person on the island of Papay. There are 70 people living there, which makes 280 bars of music without repeats..

As well as writing music I also write words - forming ideas through flow of consciousness. I wanted to approach the composition in the same way - writing a single line melody from left to right which would
flow from my pen as easily as words do. My starting point was the fond memories I have of playing with Margaret Rendall (accordionist) in the Papay pub on Saturday nights so the beginning melodic curves and rhythms are reminiscent of the Scottish and Island tunes we played together for the Papay dances.

I soon found the melody took a life of its own and steered me into darker tonal areas. I suppose I could not escape the changing moods of the weather in the Islands which was unknowingly influencing me. The melody became as unpredictable as the wind, weaving into the brightness of the diatonic folk tunes and out into territories more akin to Ornette Coleman's free jazz improvisation or early twentieth
century attempts at atonalism.

I decided that the tune should be played by a fiddle and flute player, two percussionists playing military snare and hide skin drum, and a non musician improvising on accordion to add a layer of familiar texture, and to be as disruptive as the ever blowing wind.

James Hesford. 2009
 
 
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Cellorhythmics WCM Orchestra's new CD, OBJECTIVITY MAINTENANCE, is released!
ALONG WITH GREAT NEW COMPOSITIONS BY JAMES HESFORD IT INCLUDES LAND ART - PAPA WESTRAY COMISSION : THE ENTIRE POPULATION OF PAPA WESTRAY.
CD is available from www.wcmorchestra.com
 
 
LINKS:
JAMES HESFORD
PAPAY GYRO NIGHTS ARTS FESTIVAL 2011   
 
 
2007- 2008: RECORDINGS:
 
BACH CELLO SUITES RECORDING AT ST. BONIFACE KIRK (DECEMBER 2007 - NOVEMBER 2008)
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MARGARET RENDALL : PAPAY TUNES
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Papay Dance Tunes performed by our accordionist Margaret Rendall and recorded by James Hesford in December 2008
 
 
2007: CELLORHYTHMICS ACOUSTIC PROJECT
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James Hesford and Alfia Nakipbekova, founder members of the cutting edge, London based cello ensemble Cellorhythmics, played a concert in the studio of artists Ivanov and Tsz Man Chan. They performed original music by James, influenced by Jazz, Blues and World Music.

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