Mika Pelo’s “Broken” Premiered by Rolf Hind
Kings Place, London
“Broken,” a composition by Mika Pelo, associate professor of music, was given its premiere performance by celebrated pianist-composer Rolf Hind on October 7 at King’s Place in London. The concert, “Is it too soon to talk about all this?,” featured a series of short works.
Hind has collaborated extensively with composer John Adams and played on the soundtrack to the Academy Award-winning film “Call Me By Your Name.”
Having lost his own father during the lockdown, Hind sought an artistic way to process his grief.
After my Dad’s death, I guess partly to process my own feelings I wrote a piece “Khaga” which I will play in the concert. Then I felt very much that I wanted to reach out to other creative people again and encourage their reflections on this time, so I posted on my Facebook page and Twitter, asking for new little pieces reflecting the times which I could record and download on my phone …
For the recital Hind began with Adams’s “Phyrigian Gates.” Other composers whose work appeared on the program included Stuart MacRae, Mark Simpson, Elaine Mitchener, Tom Coult, Ben Gaunt, Sadie Harrison, Lisa Robertson, Greg May, Daryl Jamieson, Greg May, Ellie Wilson, Yehuda Yannay, and Ben Lunn.
A low-resolution version of the video of Pelo’s “Broken” performed by Rolf Hind can be seen on Pelo’s YouTube channel and below.