Get to know Darius Paymai, who has just finished his undergraduate degree in composition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
I’m absolutely thrilled to be able to learn from and work closely with some players from the Britten Sinfonia, but I’m also really looking forward to getting to know the other composers on the scheme and hearing their pieces in September.
My aesthetic overlaps with certain strands of visual art, from which I occasionally draw inspiration, but I’m always most inspired by the different people, instruments, and situations I work with. Those material conditions tend to be the central focus of every piece I make.
I particularly enjoy writing chamber music. I like thinking about the nature of the relationships between instruments in an ensemble; writing for a small group of people is a great opportunity to bring that dimension of a piece to the fore.
I play piano and used to play brass, so bowed string instruments are still quite foreign and really intriguing to me – I especially like the double bass.
I’d like to try writing a very long piece – at least a few hours in length. I suppose my ambition would be to get it programmed!
Morton Feldman – Piano and String Quartet
Erik Satie – Socrate
Skúli Sverrisson and Óskar Guðjónsson – The Box Tree
Tough one…but I think it has to be pretzels.
Find out more about Darius and his work here – dariuspaymai.com