Thomas Meadowcroft

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Thomas Meadowcroft makes orchestral and chamber music for the concert hall, as well as music for theater and radio.

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GOINGS ON



20210408
performance



Cradleswill be performed by Ayona Kataoka and Ian David Rosenbaum at the Lincoln Center NYC, as part of 'New Milestones' chamber music series.
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20201208
live stream



A conversation with Lara Pellegrinelli and members of the ensemble 'Yarn/Wire', as part of the ensemble's online series, 'Feedback'.
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20201116
broadcast



The radiophonic piece, Moving Homes will be broadcast on 'Klangkunst', Deutschlandradiokultur at 0:05am CET.
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"That's not the right music for tropical cyclones, but.
Just sayin'.
What you need is the emptiness of the object,
as expressed, in sound.
As for the thing in and of itself:
well, that's just terrifying."


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20201102
broadcast



Walkman Antiquarian, performed by Nouvel Ensemble Contemporain-NEC, will be broadcast on RTS Radio CH.
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20201027
broadcast


Plain Moving Landfill, performed by Eugene Ughetti, will be broadcast on RTP Radio, PT.
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20201024
performance



Walkman Antiquarian (piano, sampler and percussion) will be performed by Nouvel Ensemble Contemporain-NEC at the 'Festival les Amplitudes', La Chaux-de-Fonds CH.
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20201024
broadcast



The radiophonic piece, Moving Homes will be broadcast 'WDR 3 Open Sounds' at 11pm CET.
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"Severe tropical cyclones may lead to the break down of civil order,
from which, as a pretext to returning to this order,
the state can cut basic services,
so, ah, grabbed the kids, but left the dogs, hey."


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20201004
performance



More Beautiful Discourse, for string trio and organ, will be premiered by 'ensemble recherche' at FORUM Merzhausen, Freiburg DE.
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20200921
broadcast


'Percussion Works', on MODE, will be featured on '3 Jetzt', on WDR Radio DE.
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20200912
performance



As part of the Tempo Reale Festival 2020, Simone Beneventi will perform Plain Moving Landfilll at Parco di Villa Strozzi, Florence IT.
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20200731
record release



A recording of March Static (for flutes and percussion, with drumlines by Eugene Ughetti and flutes by Claire Chase), alongside works by Anthony Pateras, James Rushford, Liza Lim, Robin Fox, and Alexander Garsden, will be released on Room40 records.
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20200625
record release



Works for percussion, recorded by 'Speak Percussion', will be released on MODE records.
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20200116
performance



Cradles will be performed at the Lincoln Center NYC, as part of Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center's 'New Milestones: Electronic Chamber Music in a New Form'.
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RECORDINGS/WORKS





The Great Knot 18:29
for percussion trio

Cradles 8:56
for percussion duo with live or prerecorded Wurlitzer electric piano

Plain Moving Landfill 12:59
for percussion solo

Home Organs 13:52
for six percussionists

with: Speak Percussion (Eugene Ughetti, Leah Scholes, Matthias Schack-Arnott, John Arcaro, Laura Holian, Matthew Horsley, Peter Neville)

MODE RECORDS
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The News in Music (Tabloid Lament)

for orchestra
with: South West German Radio Orchestra (cond. Ilan Volkov)
commissioned by South West German Radio, with support from the Australia Council of the Arts 2017


"...cheap entertainment music. And then when somebody shows up like a village idiot, whose The News in Music is a US-American modelled news music strung together in a Hollywood-like manner, then it hails in a concert of 'boos'. (Badische Zeitung)

"His collage of film music soundtracks and news jingles is really super dull." (Bavarian Radio Classic)

"If (the composer) had sold each individual scrap to television companies, he would be a millionaire." (Musiktexte)

"A strange brew, that hardly gives satirical sharpness to worldly turmoil, so that the ending itself only looks just as bad in contrast." (Neue Musik Zeitung)

"A scrawled, film music lament about the phenomenon of fake news... more critical radio play than composition." (Neue Zuercher Zeitung)

"The piece still fits into the trend of new accessibility." (Osnabruecker Zeitung)

"Would it not have been better to make a radio piece out of it? After five minutes everybody gets it. What comes in the next fifteen minutes afterwards is diffident annoyance." (Schweizer Musikzeitung)

"It's a scandal that not more people were outraged." (Stuttgarter Zeitung)

"Hard-hitting. Award-winning. Uncompromising. Dependable. Factual. Reliable. Authoritative. Comprehensive. Instructive. Credible. Responsible. Sensible."

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Walkman Antiquarian

for piano, sampler and percussion
with: Yarn/Wire (Laura Barger, Ning Yu, Ian Antonio, Russell Greenberg)
commissioned by Yarn/Wire 2013



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photo: la Maison communale de Plainpalais, Geneva CH, November 2018 (copyright Nicolas Masson 2018)

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