Samuel Bordoli studied at the Birmingham Conservatoire with Edwin Roxburgh and the Royal Academy of Music with Philip Cashian and Simon Bainbridge. He has also been mentored by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies since studying with him at the Dartington International Summer School.
Bordoli’s work received numerous awards and prizes, including the RPS Composition Prize, Charles Lucas Prize, the Alan Buch Prize, the Lena Pritchard Green Award, the Charles Black Fellowship as well as recognition from the Mendelssohn Foundation, the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, the AHRC and the Ralph Vaughn Williams Trust. (photo: Bill Bankes-Jones)
GRIND was created in collaboration with skateboarders across the UK. The idea was to juxtapose the percussive and choreographic elements of skating with the lyricism of a choir in the acoustic context of a skatepark. The music consists of a series of sections designed to build tension with a series of questions followed by explosive sections where the skating happens. There is a main theme in the chorus which is used as the basis for all other harmonic and melodic material. I decided against using the choir to emulate the sounds of skating, as this seemed like the most obvious thing to do, and instead created lyrical music which deliberately contrasted this brittle texture. The harmonic language is relatively simple, and based on tonal triads, which was intended to help the community choirs find a way into the music. However, there are some exciting rhythmic challenges too which the choirs found very rewarding. Samuel Bordoli
For choir and skateboards GRIND was commissioned by Tete-a-Tete Productions and PRS for Music Foundation for the New Music Biennial 2014. It was performed on 1st June 2014 at Transition Extreme Skatepark, Aberdeen.
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