Music not of place, but of time. Blake is not unsure of who he is and where he lives. He is not obsessed with Africa, nor is he chained to ‘the West’. He is perhaps the first South African composer to be unselfconsciously an African composer. His are the blueprints and stratagems of a new cosmopolitan South African sound.
The Musical Times (Winter 2011)
UNOFFICIAL New Music, the artisan's workshop not the sausage-factory, catwalk or gilt-edged securities type of new music.
— Michael Finnissy (May 2016)


Forthcoming events

7 July 2018, 22h05 | The Philosophy of Composition - New Production from the Deutschlandfunk Kammermusiksaal | Germany

Atelier neuer Musik presents the first broadcast of Michael Blake's new Wergo CD introduced by Georg Beck, featuring The Philosophy of Composition (in memory of Don Maclennan) (2010) - the richter scale (2015)* - Sonata for Cello and Piano (Hours with the Masters) (2016) - A Fractured Landscape (in memoriam Edward Said) (2009)** - Connectivity (2008) - Pentimenti (2013)* - song without words (1975) - Seventh Must Fall (2016)  * solo cello  ** solo piano

14 September 2018 | Komponisten Initiative Kassel, Anthroposophische Zentrum, Kassel, Germany
String Quartet No 5 (2014) First performance
Chordos Quartet (Lithuania)