the winterval conspiracy
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The Winterval Conspiracy is a collection of entirely liberal musical theology. drawing on influences as diverse as classical Indian, Arabic, and Iranian music, Terry Riley, Mike Oldfield, The Divine Comedy, David Arnold, Tangerine Dream, Philip Glass, Pink Floyd, Guillaume de Machaut, John Dresher, The Residents, John McLaughlin, Grand Union Orchestra, Miles Davis, Vangelis, European folk music, and Hildegard of Bingen the attempt is to take fusion to its limits & create a musical soundworld which defies category. you may like it, or you may loathe it - the choice is yours.Read More...
Simon Gray is a composer born January 26, 1970 in Kirkby near Liverpool, UK, and currently living in Birmingham, UK.
He studied at Birmingham Conservatoire, initially under Andrew Downes and then principally under John Mayer. Under the influence of the latter, he developed a keen interest in all forms of musical fusions, working as the Musical Director of the Conservatoire's Indo Jazz Fusions ensemble for a time and coaching the Folk music ensemble there. He also served as the Director of the Conservatoire's community music programme sponsored by the Post Office, and with Victoria Moon was the joint Artistic Director of the Music Extra Festival for four years. Whilst teaching at the Conservatoire, he completed one commission from Dudley Education Authority for a cantata based on the Legend of Saint Kenelm, scored for children's orchestra, choir, guitars, recorders, handbells, and narrator. He graduated as a Graduate of the Birmingham Schools of Music (GBSM) in 1992, and a Master of Arts in Ethnomusicology in 1997.
His earlier acoustic works were purely Indian / Western classical music fusions, but as a result of further study he incorporated elements of Arabic, European folk music, jazz, and Iranian classical music into his sound mix, as well as modern dance and electronic music forms.