Before I started work on this piece, I woke up from a dream with flutes, clouds and the sound of the wind. I can remember little else except the sound and quality, and knew there was a piece for solo flute brewing in my subconscious. I find it fascinating how much working out, or inventing, we do whilst sleeping. Sometimes with my friends, we tell each other our dreams, and before I mentioned this dream to anyone, the next day I got a message from a good friend of mine, to say he had a dream about some flute music I was writing, even though I had not told anyone I was writing this.
From this dream encounter, I decided to focus my thoughts upon the possibilities of dream sharing: by having a similar (or the same) dream to other people, and also in sharing dream stories with friends. Rather than try to interpret dreams into music, I wanted to look at one particular aspect: what are our bodies doing during our most vivid dreams, and whether (for me, at least) Shiko can reveal moments of dream sharing.

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Performances are by Gemma McGregor

17/02/19 Maison Française, University of Oxford, Oxford

01/10/18 St Michael's Church near Northgate, Oxford

14/06/18 part of 'A Room of Her Own' // Stromness Town Hall, Orkney Island

20/04/18 St Luke's Church, Brighton

10/03/18 St Mary's Church, Stafford

11/03/18 Cardiff University Concert Hall, Cardiff

09/03/18 Gemma McGregor St Michael's Church near Northgate, Oxford

WP: 08/03/18 Great Hall, Goldsmiths London

Photo - Sarah Westwood, Carla Rees and Xenia Pestova

@Cheltenham Composers Academy, July 2018 (Danny Imson)


Furl  for viola solo (amplified) will be performed by Mark Menzies at ISCM World Music Days New, Zealand - April 20 


You are Your Memory for flute, clarinet, cello and piano will be performed by RCM students as part of Illuminate Women's Music Chamber Concert at  Royal College of Music - February 20

my sound is torn an interactive version of the piece will be presented at Estalagem da Ponta do Sol Residency for Contemporary Music and Electronics, Madeira  - December 19

for you will be presented at OUA Electroacoustic Music Festival,

Japan - November 19