underpaintings is one of a series of works in which various aspects of painting techniques are explored. An underpainting is the initial layer the artist makes as a guide for the subsequent layers. In other works, I have used a musical underpainting which is later painted over with other material, often to the extent that it isn’t audible, but remains in essence and it colours the surface. In underpaintings, I have made a piece that is stripped of those additional layers, a move towards simplicity. In a sense, there are four simultaneous underpaintings.  The work is for clarinet, violin, cello and piano, and each instrument outlines a version of the same overall shape. The first performance was given by Radius at Wigmore Hall, London, 20 April 2007.

Ian Vine UK

Ian Vine was born in England but spent his formative years in Libya and Hong Kong. His music is performed across Europe and further afield, and has been broadcast worldwide. Commissioners of his work have included the London Sinfonietta, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Ensemble Recherche, and Matthew Herbert. He has received performances by, among others, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Hallé, Ensemble 10/10, Kokoro, Psappha, 4-Mality, Radius, Continuum (Canada) and 175 East (New Zealand). His work has been released on Accidental Records, Kairos, and London Sinfonietta labels and is distributed by New Voices at Sound and Music.

Ian Vine studied at the Royal Northern College of Music with Anthony Gilbert and, later, privately with Simon Holt. Between 1999 and 2004 he was Tutor in Electro-Acoustic Music at the RNCM, and also taught for a time at The University of Manchester. From 2002-2007 he was a participant in the inaugural Blue Touch Paper scheme with the London Sinfonietta, producing three works for the ensemble.

Highlights this season include the premières of commissions from sinfonia ViVA and the London Symphony Orchestra, and performances by the Fidelio Trio, Trio Atem, and Radius. Ian lives in Manchester and is artistic director of first moon.

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Ian Vine