£18.99 – LP
“In 2014 i was invited to perform at a residency commemorating the re-opening of manchester central library.
i wrote a piece in five movements for voice, piano and string trio and called it “derevaun seraun”. each movement is written about a different piece of literature, exploring the value i see in each work and the impression it has made on me, and there is nothing more to it than that. the pleasure of books – of good verse and stories and ideas – is a very simple thing, and i felt that some lofty unifying theme for the entire piece would be a betrayal of that belief. i think that when a work resonates with you it is an instinctive response to something. you can be taught to understand a challenging book, but not to feel affection for it; i think a lot of conversation around art, especially around literature, sometimes forgets this. in my experience, the art i like the most, irrespective of its ‘difficulty’, is the art i can advocate most directly and plainly, and about which i can say: “i read this piece and now i do not read or think in the same way that i did before”, or: “this is a story that i could not explain to someone; i do not understand it word-for-word, yet i feel like innately i understand the whole, and that the whole spoke to me”. this is a piece about five books that i like and why i like them”