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Dukascopy TV in Shanghai

Portrait on Dukaskopy TV

Watch a short film with me talking to Yiyin Wang from Dukascopy TV prior to our recital at the Swiss General Consul’s residence in Shanghai this August.

The concert consisted of music for clarinet and piano performed by Irene Chen, clarinet and Michelle Yip, piano. The concert also featured the China premiere of my latest work, Valse Bleue, written especially for Irene.

Dada Ante Portas at KKL

Radio Pilatus Music Night with Dada Ante Portas and 21st Century Orchestra

After three sold out shows in 2010, Dada Ante Portas and Kunz performed again with the 21st Century Orchestra (cond. Ludwig Wicki) at KKL Luzern in September.
Some of my arrangements made it again into the programme. All four shows were sold out!

Watch here a video from the very first concert in May 2010.

Premiere in Taiwan and China

Concerts in Taipei, Shanghai and Beijing

My latest work Valse Bleue for clarinet and piano, written for the wonderful Irene Chen, has received its world premiere in August in Taipei, Taiwan. Further performances took place in Shanghai and Beijing, China.
Irene and I have collaborated for some time now and the concerts also featured a brand-new arrangement of a Taiwanese folk-song.

Watch a short clip from the concert at the Temple Hotel in Beijing here.

Recording with RPO

Recording session with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Impressions from my recording session with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra beginning of July. It has been a pleasure to collaborate with maestro Grzegorz Nowak, soprano Katerina Mina and such a fantastic orchestra. Two of my latest pieces will feature on Katerina’s upcoming album with famous operatic arias.

A Lenda do Boto – US premiere

A Lenda do Boto at CSU Fresno, California

A Lenda do Boto for trombone, guitar and percussion received its US premiere this April at California State University in Fresno. The piece was chosen out of nearly 300 submissions in a call for scores.
Originally written for trombonist Tobias Lang, the piece tells the legend of the pink river dolphin in the Amazon rainforest.

Have a short listen here.

California State University, Fresno Concert Hall

Andrew Watkins – Trombone
Patrick Aguirre – Guitar
Peyton Esraelian – Percussion

Portrait on artTV.ch

Short portrait about me and my work on Swiss art channel artTV.ch. It highlights my collaboration with rapper Greis and the newly founded ARUBA Trio by trombonist Tobias Lang.

Filmed and edited by Ueli Abt with additional footage by Juliana Ramos da Costa.