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Writings by John Fallas







John Fallas writes, talks and occasionally teaches about recent (and sometimes older) music, thinking – and encouraging others to think – about it from a variety of points of view: how it was written, how it was or is heard, how it might be connected to philosophy and to the other arts. He was born in Oldham, near Manchester, in 1979, has lived in London since 2001, and now spends part of his time doing research at the University of Leeds.


Since 2006 he has written booklet essays to accompany nearly thirty CDs of music from the last century and our own, featuring performers such as the Arditti, JACK, Edinburgh and Hagen string quartets, BBC Symphony Orchestra and BBC Singers, cellists Séverine Ballon and Arne Deforce and flautist Matteo Cesari. He has profiled composers from John Cage and Kurt Schwertsik to Marko Nikodijevic, Raymond Yiu, Helen Grime and Philip Venables, as well as writing regularly on the middle generation of British and European composers – Birtwistle, Ferneyhough, Barrett, Furrer, Skempton, Weir and many more. In 2016 he presented work from two ongoing research projects – ‘Afterlives of Genre’ and ‘Afterlives of Counterpoint’ – in Bangor, London and Lisbon.


He is also a freelance editor of writing on both musical and non-musical subjects. He has been publications officer for Delphian Records since spring 2008, and also edits CD booklets on a freelance basis for other labels and private projects. He has extensive experience of writing or reworking composer and performer biographies to meet different publication needs (concert programmes, websites, etc.). Academically, he is very experienced in editing dissertations and article manuscripts, especially working with non-native English writers. Please feel free to get in touch by email for more information.





Please email jfallas @ worldisnow . co . uk [omit spaces] to enquire about the possibility of commissioning writing or editorial work.





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