Solo Waves (April 2016)

This month we’re following on from March’s Small Ensemble Waves and zooming in even closer to the qualities particular to music for one instrument or performer. In solo works sometimes it is possible to perceive a heightened level of detail and purity of tone colour, as well as an increased closeness between performer and listener. The Solo Waves playlist invites you to savour the varying complexity and freedom that can result from one performer leading the music entirely rather than working as part of an ensemble.

Hear something that catches your attention? To find out more about a musical work, click on the track name in the playlist and then again on ‘view track’. To find out more about a particular composer, click on their name in the ‘Details’ section below.


  1. Jessica Wells, Muntu Walunga
    For harp. Written for and recorded by Marshall McGuire.
  2. Katy Abbott Kvasnica, MultiSonics
    For bassoon. Performed by Mark Gaydon.
  3. Mark Wolf, Hamarøy Troll
    For flute. Performed by Guro Pettersen., Royal College of Music, 2010.
  4. Paul Ballam-Cross, Two Portraits of One Subject
    For guitar. Performed by Campbell Ross.
  5. Eli Simic-Prosic, Stratus Rising
    For piano. Performed by the composer, Melba Hall, 2011.
  6. Mark Holdsworth, Bloodlust
    For cello. Perfomed by Krista Low.
  7. Kezia Yap, Tracings
    For flute and electronics.

We’d love to hear about your listening experience! Share your thoughts or send messages of support to our featured composers and performers in the comment box below. We also encourage you to click through to Soundcloud to like, comment and subscribe to Making Waves as well as the composers, performers, and presenters featured.

The Solo Waves playlist will be featured until 1 May 2016. All previous playlists from 2015 & 2016 will be available in our blog archives for the life of the project, so please do explore the website for previously featured sounds.

This month’s image

Making Waves thanks graphic designer Ryan Cheney, commissioned to create the image for this month’s playlist, Solo Waves. Visit

3 thoughts on “Solo Waves (April 2016)

  1. David John Lang says:

    Really enjoyed this month’s playlist! Loved the variety, and how you’ve ordered them, and especially loved how it ended with “Tracings”… listening to that alone in a kitchen while night falls is quite an experience; I had no idea that piece would “open up” so much from its soft beginning… it was very beautiful, but also kind of scary!


    • Making Waves says:

      Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts, David! So great to hear about the setting and atmosphere of your listening experience – quite different from each of ours! We might quote you over social media – do you mind?


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