(South) Kirkby to California

Next weekend in Glendale’s Brand Library & Arts Center (California) one of my compositions Fleeting Glance will have it’s world premiere performed by Maksim Velichkin (cello) as part of the Fifteen Minutes of Fame initiative.  If any blog readers, Twitter followers, Facebook friends or LinkedIn connections are in the area (2pm Sunday 4th May) the programme looks very interesting and worth a listen, or pass it on to a friend in the vicinity.

Some information about the concept Fifteen Minutes of Fame from the website http://www.voxnovus.com/15_Minutes_of_Fame/ “…designed by producer and composer Robert Voisey to create an opportunity for composers to get their works performed and heard by audiences around the world.”

” The obvious strength of that approach is that it allows many composers to gain exposure in a short time span. But there is also an esthetic benefit… Since the pieces are performed in quick succession and each has a character of its own, the audience is treated to a kaleidoscope of styles; in turn textural and tonal, avant-garde and neo-romantic… like the entire smorgasbord of contemporary idioms was playing a game of musical chairs, so to speak, and the effect was thrilling. ” – Damjan Rakonjac, Artificialist.

I would like to be there to experience the Fifteen Minutes, not just because my composition is part of it, as each performance could have a quality of it’s own and to be at the first one has a unique appeal.  There are 1,307,674,368,000 permutations of 15 different pieces of music and unless they have been specifically ordered a different version could be performed each day for the next 3,582 million years.

The performer will settle on a few versions (or even one) that sound and feel the most comfortable but another performer may have very different ideas of the interpretation and that is an idea I find very interesting.  The work I am promoting at the moment Deranged Drums on Digital Vistas has a similar number of permutations in the performance options and I hope to give the first performance in June this year.

Am I going to the concert next weekend?  I tried to work out the most efficient route and it would involve 30 hours of travel, crossing through eight time zones at a cost of over £1,300 ($2,190).  I need to find the funds for a £4,000+ recording and premiere in June so will unfortunately have to miss this one but best of luck to all involved on the day and especially to Maksim Velichkin.

Information about the concert on Sunday:

Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: Homage to Bach with cellist Maksim Velichkin


Sun, May 4, 2pm – 3pm


Brand Library & Art Center

1601 W. Mountain St.

Glendale, CA 91201

(818) 548-2051



The theme of this Fifteen Minutes of Fame is an Homage to Bach; works submitted are based on, developed from, and otherwise related to the pitches BACH.



© P.R.Birkby 2014


About derangeddrums

Composer, percussionist, musical director, teacher and educator. My music has been written for audiences in palaces and in the street. Music is my vocation and my passion and I hope you enjoy it too.
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