Composer:

Here you can discover more about the different projects I am currently working on and also find out about future recordings and performances. You can listen to many of my compositions directly from here and follow links to purchase albums, individual music downloads and CDs if you wish. 

Many years ago I discovered that a compositional voice or personal style does not necessarily have to be fixed to a predictable style from one to work another. I have a rather pluralistic attitude to my compositional style in the same way that I have a pluralistic taste in music. I like the minimalism of composers such as Arvo Part as much I as love the complexities of Pierre Boulez or Harrison Birtwistle, the indeterminacy of John Cage or the classical edifices of Beethoven.  

My music is sometimes hyper-complex or written as graphical scores and at other times ultra tonal, minimal and simple in nature. Feel free to explore my music within this website - hopefully something may resonate

Pianist/Keyboard Player:

On occasions you might find me performing live as a pianist/keyboard player. I am a member and contributor of Chris Payne's band 'Electronic Circus', and I am working on some live projects of my own for 2018.

EP: Nuages Gris: Late Liszt and other piano works. Michael J. Stewart, piano. Read more...

EP: Nuages Gris: Late Liszt and other piano works. Michael J. Stewart, piano. Read more...

As a pianist I tend to explore the more neglected repertoire of classical composers, particularly Liszt Busoni and Alkan. Checkout my EP 'Nuages Gris: Late Liszt and other piano works

Writer:

I have also written extensively on classical and contemporary music for a range of music publications and journals including Gramophone Magazine, The Good CD Guide (consultant editor 1988-1998), Music & Musicians, and others. 

In 2000 I created a website devoted to the Greek composer Jani Christou (1940-70) in association with the Jani Christou Archive in Athens. In 2000 I wrote the booklet the notes and essays to accompany a 4 volume CD Archive Edition devoted Christou's music on ther Greek label Sirius, which won the Discography Award by the Greek Union of Drama and Music Critics in 2002. 


CURRENT AND RECENT PROJECTS:

Savikalpa Samadhi an electro-acoustic work for strings, piano, soprano, boys' choir. 

New Work:

Chromium (working title)

Studio Equipment:

Kawai ES6 Piano, M-Audio Code 61, Korg X5DR Sound Module, Kurzweil ME-1, Maschine, Mac Mini 2.5 GHz Intel Core 1.5.


Software:

Manuscript Paper, Logic X, Cycling74, Native Instruments Komplete 9, AC Toolbox, athenaCL, Plogue Bidule, Audacity, Oblique Strategies.


OTHER PROJECTS:

A Flock Descends
(The) Electronic Circus


COLLABORATIONS:

Maria Korporal

Video and Installation Artist
PROJECTS:
The Pelican In The Wilderness

Third Eye Flying

Wor(l)ds Without End


Brian Fogarty

Poet, Novelist, Artist
PROJECTS:
Hub
(2016)
Book (2016)


Associated Websites:

Jani Christou Archive, Athens.
Dedicated to the life and work of the Greek composer Jani Christou (1940-1970)



individual tracks

Available to purchase in the online store.

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