Current projects:

 

Shady Gully summer touring, June - July 2012
Clogs takes to the road this summer, with a show in Los Angeles, followed by a brief east coast tour, from Nova Scotia to New York, and points between. They'll be performing favorites from the catalogue, plus new music by Padma from his Shady Gully collection of pieces. The aesthetic is gentle and intimate, mostly acoustic. 'Shady Gully' itself is a forest preserve in Padma's hometown of Mallacoota, and the music is inspired by the beauty of the land, the seas, and the people. Padma will be performing on violin, baritone ukulele, piano, harmonium, guitar and vocals. For concert dates and info, visit www.clogsmusic.com.

Recent projects:

Two Moon Smile opera project. On 22 August 2011, Michael Halliwell (baritone), Sue Newsome (clarinet/bass clarinet), and David Miller (piano) gave the world premiere of three songs from Padma's new opera-in-progress, ‘Two Moon Smile.' The concert was held in the Recital Hall East at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music on Macquarie Street in Sydney. The pieces were excerpted from Padma's new "popera" and arranged for baritone, clarinet and piano: Song of the Bees, All Skinned Out, and Lavender Air.

Clogs in London. Clogs returned to London in May 2011 for the Barbican Centre's "Reverberations: The Influence of Steve Reich" festival, where they were joined by the London Childrens Choir and the Bergersen String Quartet to perform Dessner's Tour Eiffel and Newsome's Unattended Shadow. Padma describes his new choral piece as follows:

These three songs are a set of observations about people and places living on the fringes of society. The first is about someone from my own town, a bike rider, and ex Abalone diver. The only person in Victoria legally not required to wear a helmet on a bike. He lived in a small caravan, was very shy, and always tried to avoid the shadows as he rode about our town, shirtless, mostly shoeless, except in winter. He would make beautiful little cairns everywhere he went, leaving them for our eyes, hidden on the beach cliff, on the sides of roads, and down the forest paths. The second is a group of my observations and thoughts about urban street people, and about our selves or myself. The final song is a set of observations about a particular church corner in Seattle. I was amazed at the range of people, their humility, nobility, and the mundane generosity of the food-givers.

2011 Ecstatic Music Festival. Padma visited the U.S. in March for Clogs' concert at Merkin's Ecstatic Music Festival, together with Shara Worden and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, led by Dianne Berkun. Their performance included the world premiere of Unattended Shadow, 3 Songs for Clogs and Children's Choir, with text by Susannah Keebler and Padma.

Chromatic Mirror. Padma completed a new piece for solo xylophone in January 2011, commissioned by Dutch percussionist, Arnold Marinissen. Contact Padma if you are interested in a perusal score.

The Creatures in the Garden of Lady Walton. Clogs is proud to announce the release of Padma's new song cycle, The Creatures in the Garden of Lady Walton, composed during his residency on the island of Ischia thanks to a commissioning and residency award from the Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard University. The Creatures is Clogs' fifth album and includes fine work by several guests, including vocalists Shara Worden of My Brightest Diamond and Matt Berninger of The National.

The Firm (Adelaide composers' collective) premiered Padma's Piano Sextet, Longifolia, on its programme of new music on Monday, 30 November 2009. Also on the programme is Peter Sculthorpe's String Quartet No. 16 (2009 featured composer) as well as music by Firm directors, Quentin Grant and Raymond Chapman Smith.

Songs of Love and Despair: A musical tribute to the poetry of Pablo Neruda, was held in April 2009 in New York City's World Financial Center Wintergarden. Padma incorporated Neruda's poems into three new song settings: Quatros perros, Mathilde and Gracias, violines, which were premiered by Clogs and friends.

January 2008 Antipodean Shows:
Tue 15 Jan - Auckland, The Studio
Thu 17 Jan - Brisbane, The Zoo
Fri 18 Jan - Melbourne, The Corner
Sat 19 Jan - Melbourne, The Corner
Mon 21 Jan - Sydney Festival City Recital Hall: Clogs & The National
Tue 22 Jan - Sydney Festival City Recital Hall: Clogs & The National
Wed 23 Jan - Sydney Festival City Recital Hall: Clogs & The National

Bruthen Blues Festival
In 2006, Padma wrote for a song for the Bruthen community called "one small town" which was performed at the Bruthen Blues Festival in East Gippsland, Victoria. For the 2008 Bruthen Blues Festival he again worked on the music for a community play, writing for locals, and the local school children. Bruthen is a beautiful small country town, which in 2007 battled fires during the festival time.

Clogs
Improvised and new music ensemble since 1999, featuring:
Padma Newsome, musical director, composer, violin/viola
Bryce Dessner, guitar, composer
Thomas Kozumplik, percussion
Rachael Elliott, bassoon

Albums
The Creatures in the Garden of Lady Walton, Lantern, Stick Music, Lullaby for Sue,
Thom's Night Out.

Available online at Brassland and other distributors.

2006 UK Tour: Clogs & The Books
28 Jan - Cube Cinema, Bristol
30 Jan - Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich
31 Jan - The Shed, North Yorkshire
1 Feb - The Arches, Glasgow
2 Feb - The Sage Gateshead, Gateshead
3 Feb - The Luminaire, London
4 Feb - Corn Exchange, Brighton
5 Feb - Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry

 

The Creatures in the Garden of Lady Walton
© Clogs Music 2010


review of
The Creatures on NPR Music

cd cover

Polka the Elk
© Music Starts From Silence 2011

review of
Polka the Elk
on WQXR

Mallacoota

© Daniel Hélin 2010

Veil Waltz
© Clogs Music 2010

review of
Veil Waltz on
All About Jazz

 

Lantern
© Clogs Music 2006

review of
Lantern on Pitchfork

 

Stick Music
© Clogs Music 2004


review of
Stick Music on Pitchfork

 

Lullaby for Sue
© Clogs Music 2003

Thom's Night Out
© Clogs Music 2001

   

 

 

 

© Padma Music 2012