Music for Films

Kwela (1) string orchestra

Popular Cape street music reimagined for string orchestra, harmonic cycles with a slightly lopsided rhythm.

Out of the rain (1) marimba, vibraphone

Delicate, mesmerising mallet percussion music, derived from Zambian kalimba tunes.

Rain Dancing (1) piano & orchestra

A celebration of rain traced by solo piano over delicate and colourful wind, string, harp and marimba orchestration.

In Memory of a Friend (1) string quartet

Slow, wistful, elegiac string music.

French Dance piano

A kind of 18th-century chaconne for piano, with African-derived melodies and harmonies.

Honey Gathering flute & strings

African-inspired music for flute and strings, in which one can almost hear the bees.

Rain Dancing (2) piano & orchestra

A kind of call-and-response between lush melodic strings and rhythmic piano and marimba figures.

Rural Arias (1) singing saw and ensemble

The eerie sound of the singing saw hovers over the ensemble, which articulates gorgeous harmonies, with brief piano interludes.

Kwela (2) pizzicato strings

A suspended moment in the middle of the kwela for plucked strings.

Spinning Top piano

Quiet, gentle piano music inspired by Satie’s ‘Gymnopédies’, itself inspired by a spinning top.

Balticamente string quartet

Light dancing on the rich blue surface of the Baltic Sea.

Leaf Carrying oboe and guitar

A gentle rural African call-and-response between oboe and guitar.

Kwela (3) string harmonics

A musical depiction of a stark Eastern Cape rural landscape.

Rain Dancing (3) piano & orchestra

Piccolo, oboe, brass, glockenspiel and solo piano paint a landscape after rain.

Homage to Robert Schumann (1) piano & string quartet

The world of the 19th-century through the eyes of the 21st.

Shoowa Weaving marimba, vibraphone

Mallet percussion playing intricate patterns which resemble the weaving of the Shoowa.

In memoriam (2) string quartet

The stringed instruments of Africa reinterpreted by the string quartet.

Homage to Robert Schumann (2) piano & string quartet

More of the world of the 19th-century through the eyes of the 21st.

Spirit flute

Slow, haunting melodic fragments for flute alone.

In Memory of a Friend (2) string quartet

The stringed instruments of Africa reinterpreted by the string quartet.

The Philosophy of Composition cello & piano

A lyrical response to Edgar Allan Poe’s poem ‘The Raven’.

Out of the rain (2) marimba, vibraphone

Delicate, mesmerising mallet percussion music, derived from kalimba tunes of Zimbabwe.

The Uhadi string quartet

A reinterpretation of one-stringed uhadi bow music, delicate and rhythmically exhilarating.

Rain Dancing (4) piano & orchestra

Sombre brass, strings, harp and solo piano with a promise of rain.

Rural Arias (2) singing saw and ensemble

The eerie sound of the singing saw still hovers over the ensemble, which here has an almost Stravinskian dance-like music, still with piano interludes.

Stravinsky (Morges, Autumn 2001) piano

Spacious piano chords inspired by a visit to Stravinsky’s Swiss home.

Gautango strings & electronic harp

A peculiarly Gauteng tango, the love theme from SMS Sugarman.

Rain Dancing (5) piano & orchestra

The storm finally breaks and the whole orchestra joins in.