UK-based Florence Anna Maunders is a multi-international award-winning composer, performer, conductor & educator. She studied at the RNCM in Manchester, before taking a long break from writing music, instead focusing on teaching, performing and electronic music production. In 2018 she made a dramatic return to composition, completed a masters degree in Birmingham and is about to start her PhD. Since returning to writing music, she’s enjoyed significant successes in the UK, the USA, Europe and across the rest of the world.
Recent highlights include commissions, collaborations and performances with internationally renowned ensembles such as the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Third Coast Percussion, London Chamber Orchestra, Psappha, Black Pencil Ensemble, Rarescale, Strange Trace Opera, the Villiers Quartet, Fulham Brass Band as well as leading soloists and other opportunities. Flori also writes extensively for film and media, enjoying ongoing collaborations with directors on both sides of the Atlantic. Her music is wild, rhythmical and exciting – “a crescendo of outright queer orchestration” – and reveals a wide range of influences from electronic dance music, contemporary jazz, Middle Eastern traditional music, and the music of Stravinsky & Messiaen. She always aims to write music which makes the listener move – perhaps even to dance!
This piece is directly inspired by the imagery and classical interpretations of certain cards in a tarot deck. Traditionally, there are a number of cards which speak about the concept of change, whether warning of change to come, signalling a dramatic transformation, or indicating that change is required for growth and development. In this set of instrumental pieces, these concepts are explored directly through the musical processes – ideas are stated, developed, improvised, transformed and renewed – nothing stays the same. Even in repeated musical patterns there is still a constant process of change.
Composed by Florence Anna Maunders in collaboration with the Harbingers Of Change Collective (Amy Bryce, Lara Jones & Maya-Leigh Rosenwasser)
Josh Tyrrell – Producer
Recorded at Supervox Studios
Michael Achtman -Audio Description
Stagetext – Subtitles