Michael Blake in Conversation with Michael Finnissy

» Thursday 5 May 2016, 14h00 | United Kingdom

Colloquium: Michael Blake (Africa Open, Stellenbosch University)

» Wednesday 4 May 2016, 17h00 | United Kingdom

Composing in South Africa Today: Business as Usual?

Composers Workshop: Michael Blake

» Tuesday 3 May 2016 | United Kingdom

Michael Blake's FRENCH SUITE is 21 Years Old

26 November marks twenty-one years to the day that Michael Blake’s French Suite was premiered by its dedicatee Sally Rose, at St Luke’s in Brighton on the Sussex coast in England. Since then it has been performed around the world – at festivals in England, Scotland, Austria, Germany, France, Italy, Belgium, Slovakia, Argentina, and South Africa, as well as in concerts in Canada, the USA, Kenya, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Namibia and most recently Peru. It is next heard in Treviso (Italy) on 4 December.

Fourth Sterkfontein Composers Meeting

The Fourth Sterkfontein Composers Meeting takes place from 20 February to 1 March 2017 at the Nirox Foundation, Gauteng. Artists in residence are the Axelsson-Nilsson Duo: Jonny Axelsson (percussion) and Ivo Nilsson (trombone). Michael Blake, Andile Khumalo and Paul Hanmer will lead the workshop. Pieces developed at the meeting will also be performed at the Purpur Festival in Cape Town on 3 March 2017.

Calendar 2017

18 January 2017 | Austria
6 – 9 February 2017 | Germany

Wergo CD production of complete cello output, with and without piano: song without words (1975), Connectivity (2008), The Philosophy of Composition (in memory of Don Maclennan) (2009) and Cello Sonata ('Hours with the Masters') (2016); Pentimenti (2012) and the richter scale (2015) for solo cello; and A Fractured Landscape (in memoriam Edward Said) (2009) for solo piano. 

1 March 2017 | Nirox Scuplture Park, Muldersdrift
Ivo Nilsson (alto trombone); Jonny Axelsson (vibraphone)
3 March 2017 | Cape Town
Coila Enderstein and Michael Blake (piano, 4 hands)
7 June 2017 | United States
Leon Bosch: (double bass) Sung-Suk Kang (piano)
16 June 2017 | Germany
21 July 2017 | France
Coila-Leah Enderstein and Michael Blake (piano four hands)
24 September 2017, 12h00 | Netherlands
Shard (2014) for solo piano European première
Nicolas Horvath (piano)

Glassworlds - Hommages aan Glass

New works 2017

Mister Turner His Folie
Commissioned by and dedicated to Richard Turner

Quartet for Piano, Violin, Viola and Cello

The Waaihoek Tea Party
Commissioned by Leon Bosch
Fp: Wednesday 7 June 2017; United States; Leon Bosch double bass, : Sung-Suk Kang piano