Joby Talbot's compositional aesthetic threads through his classical and concert works, scores for the screen; and collaborations with major dance companies.
Mr. Talbot's music has appealed to some of Europe's leading choreographers, including Royal Ballet Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor, with whom he collaborated on Entity for Random Dance; Genus (co-written with LA musician Deru) for the Paris Opéra Ballet; and on Chroma for The Royal Ballet. This latter work is choreographed to original works by Mr. Talbot, as well as his arrangements of songs by The White Stripes from the album Aluminium, conceived by XL Recordings founder Richard Russell.
For the concert platform, Mr. Talbot has composed widely for major orchestras, soloists and vocal groups. Works for large ensembles have included the trumpet concerto Desolation Wilderness for Alison Balsom and the RLPO; Tide Harmonic for the Orchestre National de Lille – a collaboration with choreographer Carolyn Carlson originally entitled Eau; and the 60-minute à cappella choral work Path of Miracles for Nigel Short's Tenebrae. Mr. Talbot's madrigal The Wishing Tree for The King's Singers and Sneaker Wave for the BBC National Orchestra of Wales were both commissioned by the BBC Proms. In 2004, he was appointed Classic FM's inaugural Composer-in-Residence.
Following their work together on Fool's Paradise for Morphoses, Mr. Talbot and choreographer Christopher Wheeldon are currently collaborating on a full-length ballet of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures In Wonderland, a co-commission between The National Ballet of Canada and The Royal Ballet, for their 2011 seasons.
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