Welcome Party

welcomepartyWelcome Party is a new record of music by British-Armenian composer Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian.  Much of it is inspired by her residency with the LSO at 575 Wandsworth Road.  That house, now a National Trust property, was the home of Kenyan born polymath and poet Khadambi Asalache, who decorated it with his own wood carvings and murals.  Asalache’s poetry provides the texts for several pieces and others are inspired directly by the house and its contents.  The house is also a factor in the composer’s visual scores which sometimes use visual elements in the house to shape the music and inspire the improvisatory passages.  COVID looms large on the album too; from personal tragedy to the conditions under which many of the recordings were made. Continue reading