I love creating music for spaces, old and new, particularly when different artforms combine. From 2015-2017 I am the LSO’s composer-in-residence at Khadambi’s House – the stunning fretwork home created by Khadambi Asalache, a poet, civil servant, and son of a Kenyan chief – generously supported by Susie Thomson and the National Trust.
I’m also a LSO Soundhub composer, which means I hang around at LSO St Luke’s quite a lot, I’ve arranged for the LSO Strings and Gamelan, and have produced radio for Resonance FM.
The LSO broadcast a web-concert in Khadambi’s house with LSO players, and my sister, soprano Ziazan Horrocks-Hopayian. There was a live Q&A too, and you can watch the whole thing here on youtube:
Previously I was composer-in-residence at Handel & Hendrix in London, which inspired the TRACES band with Calum Gourlay, and Chris Montague, along with our collaborations with artist Maya Ramsay and actress Jessica Hynes. Here’s the spiel:
As composer-in-residence at Handel & Hendrix House in London, Cevanne initiated a collaboration between Chris Montague, Calum Gourlay and artist Maya Ramsay with the support of PRSF.
The three musicians write in response to Maya’s wall-rubbings of Hendrix’s wallpaper, WALL OF SOUND. Its wood chip texture created dots on music manuscript, from which the musicians derived clusters of notes to create a full album.
They premièred their work-in-progress at the London Jazz Festival 2015, Southbank, and opened Hendrix’s restored flat to the public in London 2016, alongside BAFTA winning-actress Jessica Hynes.
They are currently recording the repertoire.
Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian – Voice, Lever harp, Electronics
Calum Gourlay – Electric & Acoustic Bass
Christopher Montague – Electric Guitar