Mbira Music (1987)
Commissioned by Chapter, Cardiff with funds provided by the Welsh Arts Council
First performed by the New Arts Consort at Theatr Hafren, Newtown on 5 November 1987 with Christopher Jones (trumpet), Ian Torr (trombone), James Clapperton (piano), Phil Girling (percussion), Alison Balfour-Jones (violin), Derek Jones (violin), John Rayson (viola), Kate Morgan (cello)
A ‘moto perpetuo’ for strings, wind, and percussion, based on the melodic characteristics of the Zimbabwean mbira - a small keyboard instrument played with the thumbs. The opening section is derived from the different tunings obtained from the right and left hand of the mbira; whilst the rhythms are based on African cowbell patterns.