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Colin Riley

Colin Riley

‘Riley is that rarest of birds, a genuine original.’ London Jazz Blog

‘Wry, understated and slightly bonkers’ The Guardian

‘Beautiful, clever and direct’ Classical Music Magazine

‘Tantalising new territory’  The Times

‘Has the hairs rising on the back of your neck.Birmingham Post

‘Something extraordinarily strange and beautiful.’ BBC Radio 1

‘He doffs his cap to the contemporary classical genre but also manages to stand alone in that genre as a unique indie voice.’ BBC

Colin Riley's music draws on a range of elements including new technologies, improvisation, song-writing and large-scale classical form. His work is difficult to categorize.

His latest compositions include ‘Warp and Weft’ a concerto for 2 cellos (for Gabriella Swallow and Guy Johnston), ‘In Place’ (collaborating with 7 contemporary writers), ‘Made 2 Resonate’ (a set of multi-sensory pieces) and ‘Roads Like River Shining Up Hill After Rain’ for cello and choir (marking the centenary of the death of poet Edward Thomas).

He is currently writing a violin concerto for Phillippa Mo, a piece for Ensemble Bash, a song for Melanie Pappenheim, and a suite of piano pieces for Agnese Toniutti.

Colin also creates work for his own two groups, the Homemade Orchestra and MooV, where he is composer and performer/director. Moov’s latest album ‘Here’ was recently described as ‘utterly unclassifiable’ (London Jazz Blog), and ‘criminally underexposed’ (Jazz UK).

Colin’s work has been performed by many of the leading music performers and groups including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Smith Quartet, Piano Circus. He has collaborated with diverse artists in the last few years including an album with drummer Bill Bruford, ‘Skin and Wire’ and two theatre projects ‘Nonsense’ and ‘Centrally Heated Knickers’ with the poet Michael Rosen.

He is a Senior Lecturer at Brunel University, and has been a mentor for the Making Music’s Adopt A Composer Scheme since 2001. He runs his own label Squeaky Kate and writes a regular blog about composing called Riley Notes.

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