Philip Thomas (4)

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Philip Thomas (b.1972, North Devon) specialises in performing new and experimental music, including both notated and improvised music. He places much emphasis on each concert being a unique event, designing imaginative programmes that provoke and suggest connection.

He is particularly drawn to the experimental music of John Cage, Morton Feldman and Christian Wolff, and composers who broadly work within a post-Cageian aesthetic. In recent years he has been particularly associated with the music of Christian Wolff, giving the world premiere of his Small Preludes in 2009, the UK premiere of Long Piano (Peace March 11), having co-edited and contributed to the first major study of Wolff's music, Changing the System: the Music of Christian Wolff, published by Ashgate Publications in 2010. He is an experienced performer of John Cage's music, having performed the Concert for piano and orchestra with both Apartment House and the Merce Cunningham Dance Company as well as most of the solo piano and prepared piano music, including a unique 12-hour performance of Electronic Music for piano.
He has commissioned new works from a number of British composers whose ideas, language and aesthetic have been informed in some ways by the aforementioned American composers, such as Stephen Chase, Laurence Crane, Richard Emsley, Christopher Fox, Bryn Harrison, John Lely, Tim Parkinson, Michael Parsons, and James Saunders.

In recent years Philip has pursued a passion for freely improvised music, after significant encounters with the music of AMM and Sheffield-based musicians Martin Archer, Mick Beck and John Jasnoch. He has worked with improvisers in a variety of contexts and recently devised a programme of composed music by musicians more normally known as improvisers as well as others who have been influenced by improvisation in some form.

Philip is a regular pianist with leading experimental music group Apartment House, with whom he has performed in festivals across the UK and Europe. He has also performed in duos with Ian Pace (piano duet and two pianos) and James Saunders (electronics).

In 1998 Philip was awarded a PhD from Sheffield University in the performance practice of contemporary piano music. Between 2000 and 2005, he was Head of the Sheffield Music School whilst pursuing an active performing and teaching career. He joined the staff team at the University of Huddersfield in 2005, and became Head of Performanced in 2010. He was appointed as Reader in Music in 2011. Philip is one of the Directors of CeReNeM, the University's Centre for Research in New Music. He continues to live in Sheffield, where he premieres the majority of his programmes, with his wife Tiffany and children Naomi and Jack.
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BF 66 Philip Thomas (4) - Comprovisation album art Philip Thomas (4) Comprovisation(CD) Bruce's Fingers BF 66 UK 2007 Sell This Version
at24 Philip Thomas (4) - The Middle Distance album art Chris Burn / Philip Thomas (4) / Simon H. Fell Chris Burn / Philip Thomas (4) / Simon H. Fell - The Middle Distance(CD, Album) Another Timbre at24 UK 2010 Sell This Version
at81x2 Philip Thomas (4) - Two Pianos And Other Pieces, 1953-1969 album art Morton Feldman - John Tilbury, Philip Thomas (4) Morton Feldman - John Tilbury, Philip Thomas (4) - Two Pianos And Other Pieces, 1953-1969(2xCD, Album) Another Timbre at81x2 UK 2014 Sell This Version
hat[now]ART 192 Philip Thomas (4) - Works For Piano album art Christopher Fox - Philip Thomas (4) Christopher Fox - Philip Thomas (4) - Works For Piano(CD, Album) hat[now]ART hat[now]ART 192 Switzerland 2014 Sell This Version
SR389 Philip Thomas (4) - Pianist: Pieces album art Christian Wolff - Philip Thomas (4) Christian Wolff - Philip Thomas (4) - Pianist: Pieces(3xCD, Album) Sub Rosa SR389 Belgium 2014 Sell This Version
at91 Philip Thomas (4) - Circles And Landscapes album art Philip Thomas (4) - Jürg Frey Philip Thomas (4) - Jürg Frey - Circles And Landscapes(CD, Album) Another Timbre at91 UK 2015 Sell This Version
HCR11 Philip Thomas (4) - Beat Generation Ballads album art Michael Finnissy - Philip Thomas (4) Michael Finnissy - Philip Thomas (4) - Beat Generation Ballads(CD) Huddersfield Contemporary Records HCR11 UK 2016 Sell This Version
at118 Philip Thomas (4) - Winter Music album art John Cage - Mark Knoop, Catherine Laws, Philip Thomas (4), John Tilbury John Cage - Mark Knoop, Catherine Laws, Philip Thomas (4), John Tilbury - Winter Music(CD, Album) Another Timbre at118 UK 2017 Sell This Version
at106 Philip Thomas (4) - The Spit Veleta album art Martin Arnold, Mira Benjamin & Philip Thomas (4) Martin Arnold, Mira Benjamin & Philip Thomas (4) - The Spit Veleta(CD, Album) Another Timbre at106 UK 2017 Sell This Version
HCR16CD Philip Thomas (4) - CC album art John Cage, Christian Wolff - Apartment House, Philip Thomas (4) John Cage, Christian Wolff - Apartment House, Philip Thomas (4) - CC(2xCD, Album) Huddersfield Contemporary Records HCR16CD UK 2017 Sell This Version
HCR19CD Philip Thomas (4) - Bozzini⁺ album art Quatuor Bozzini | Philip Thomas (4) | Sarah-Jane Summers, Bryn Harrison, Mary Bellamy (2), Monty Adkins Quatuor Bozzini | Philip Thomas (4) | Sarah-Jane Summers, Bryn Harrison, Mary Bellamy (2), Monty Adkins - Bozzini⁺(2xCDr, Album) Huddersfield Contemporary Records HCR19CD UK 2018 Sell This Version
at124x2 Philip Thomas (4) - Two² album art John Cage - Mark Knoop & Philip Thomas (4) John Cage - Mark Knoop & Philip Thomas (4) - Two²(2xCD, Album) Another Timbre at124x2 UK 2018 Sell This Version
at144x5 Philip Thomas (4) - Morton Feldman Piano album art Morton Feldman, Philip Thomas (4) Morton Feldman, Philip Thomas (4) - Morton Feldman Piano Another Timbre at144x5 UK 2019 Sell This Version
core 09, CORE 09 Philip Thomas (4) - As If As album art Chris Burn, Philip Thomas (4) Chris Burn, Philip Thomas (4) - As If As(CD, Album) Confront, Confront core 09, CORE 09 UK 2019 Sell This Version
SR480 Philip Thomas (4) - Preludes, Variations, Studies and Incidental Music album art Christian Wolff, Philip Thomas (4) Christian Wolff, Philip Thomas (4) - Preludes, Variations, Studies and Incidental Music(2xCD, Album) Sub Rosa SR480 Belgium 2019 Sell This Version

Videos

HCR04DVD Philip Thomas (4) - Nothing But The Hours album art Geoffrey Cox (5), Philip Thomas (4), Keith Marley Geoffrey Cox (5), Philip Thomas (4), Keith Marley - Nothing But The Hours(2xDVD, Album, Comp, PAL) Huddersfield Contemporary Records HCR04DVD UK 2010 Sell This Version