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Re​-​Turning: I. Round robin (Simon Speare)

from Cuckoo: Seven new works for violin by Steve Bingham

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    Cuckoo is the sixth solo album from acclaimed UK violinist Steve Bingham, and consists of premiere recordings of seven pieces, all commissioned by Bingham. Utilising everything from solo acoustic violin to 6-string electric violin, loops and recorded birdsong - via electronic backing, multi-layered violins and delay effects - it’s a heady mix of styles and compositional approaches which Bingham takes in his stride, revelling not only in the differences between the works but also in the unexpected links that crop up; palindromic elements, birdsong, loss and more.

    Cuckoo confirms Bingham as a truly eclectic performer, following - as it does - albums that included pop covers, the Bach D minor Partita, film music by Michael Nyman, improvisation and more. Bingham writes: “On this album I wanted to explore the juxtaposition of seemingly disparate music which is bound together by one straightforward element - the violin. The album has been possible because of the creativity of seven very talented composers, and I’m proud to have been able to record these works for the very first time.”

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Simon Speare writes: This piece is part of a series of 'Symphonies' (nine in total, of increasing length) which starts with a solo untuned percussion piece and ends with a piece for voices and instruments (a choral symphony). Each piece has a four-movement form that reflects symphonies of the late eighteenth-century European Classical period and draws from the passions that inform my musical DNA. This piece was written during lockdown, when I gained particular pleasure from the sounds of birds in my garden. The music follows the passing of a day and the birdsong at different times. I am no ornithological expert and haven't tried to mimic specific calls, I've just responded, in my way, to the joy of having birdsong around me.


from Cuckoo: Seven new works for violin, released February 9, 2024


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Steve Bingham Cambridge, UK

Steve is a classically trained violinist with an international reputation. His varied musical portfolio includes chamber music, orchestral playing, conducting and solo work over a huge range of styles and genres. His trademark solo recitals mix acoustic violin with looped electric violin in an eclectic mix of highly enjoyable music! ... more

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