light (work in progress)

  • Max de Wardener - composer
  • Rebecca Salter RA  - artist
  • Charlie Fegan – film edit

The collaboration between me and Max began with an understanding that there was an underlying similarity to the way we worked.  This was not anything that could be easily put into words but we felt that it was a collaboration that we wanted to explore.

To avoid the inevitable trap of one form becoming subordinate or illustrative of the other, we worked separately but stayed in touch. This unstructured approach to the project has resulted in a short film which I feel makes gentle contact with the music and offers fleeting interaction, but stays sufficiently detached to allow space for the sound to exist on its own terms.

(c) Rebecca Salter RA

Max de Wardener UK

Classically trained, Max de Wardener studied music at York University then completed post-graduate studies in jazz and studio music at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. He has also been a participant on the LSO Discovery Panufnik Young Composers Scheme, and has subsequently been commissioned to create a work for Indian virtuoso violinist Kala Ramnath, tabla player Sanju Sahai and LSO Strings which premiered at LSO St Luke’s, as well as a short variation on the work of Andrzej Panufnik for the LSO which premiered at the Barbican under the baton of François-Xavier Roth.

Other recent works for the concert platform include two large-scale pieces that premiered in 2013: Pithos, a percussion concerto for Colin Currie and Orchestre National de Bordeaux, conducted by Kwame Ryan, and a piano concerto for Will Dutta and the Heritage Orchestra, with sound design conceived by Manuel Poletti (from the world’s leading sound lab, IRCAM), which was performed as part of the Blank Canvas sessions at Village Underground. Max has also been commissioned by virtuosic percussionist Joby Burgess's for a Powerplant project based on the films of Michael Haneke which was supported by the PRS for Music Foundation and by cellist Olly Coates for a work that premiered at the Ether Festival.

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Max de Wardener