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IN SEA

‘John, I am happy that my work has been meaningful for you. Thanks for sharing this poem with me. It is great.  It must be exciting to hear it read by different performers.’ – Terry Riley
John has long appreciated and been inspired by the work of internationally renowned composer Terry Riley. In 1964 Terry composed a seminal work which he titled ‘In C’. In preparation for an Arts Live performance with the theme of ‘Sea Songs’, John developed a grid set of 53 five line poems that he has styled ‘poettes’, inspired by the seascape and coastline, titled ‘IN SEA’. This is performed by a number of readers using a tape loop of recorded sea sounds to set the tempo – a form that drew its structural reference point from ‘In C’ and Terry’s pioneering ways of working. The piece had its public debut performance by John and Arts Live colleagues at the St. Ives Literary Festival, Cornwall in May 2018 and was very well received. John is working to develop and refine the piece further, exploring its variations and possibilities. Working with Al Heslop of Creative Control Studios, John has plans in hand to record several versions for release

“John, I am happy that my work has been meaningful for you. Thanks for sharing this poem with me. It is great. It must be exciting to hear it read by different performers. – Terry Riley