Martin Green is one of three composer winners of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation 20th annual Awards for Artists. The prize is £50,000 over three years.
Martin Green (b.1977) writes music and plays the accordion, and anything with knobs on that you can plug into the mains. The traditional music he grew up with is at the core of his approach, as is the use of live electronics. His interest is in taking the power he finds in traditional music into new contexts and settings…. Green lives in Pathhead near Edinburgh.
The other winners are:
Shabaka Hutchings (b. 1984) plays the saxophone and clarinet. He is a band leader and composer and part of London’s community of younger jazz musicians as well as the city’s thriving improvised music scene. As part of the Caribbean diaspora, he sees his role as that of pushing the boundaries of what musical elements people consider to be Caribbean.
Pat Thomas (b. 1960) has been involved with some of the leading practitioners in creative music, whether that music be composed or improvised, for over 30 years. He has developed a personal vocabulary on the piano, as well as a personal approach to electronics particularly, in the use of interactive playing with computers in a real time setting.
Ours not to reason….