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Adam de la Cour


Adam de la Cour (born June 8, 1979) is a British composer, performer and filmmaker. He studied composition with Michael Finnissy at the University of Southampton where he gained his Ph.D. in 2006.

He has written for various ensembles and soloists across the UK, the US and Europe including Michael FinnissyMark Knoop, Ian Pace, Jonathan Powell, Paul Silverthorne, Libra Duo (Mark Knoop/Carl Rosman), IXION Ensemble, CoMA, Reconsil and Bearthoven.

He is predominantly interested in absurdity and satire, often writing pieces that involve himself as performer/participant and often victim, such as in The Best of “Futility Music” – Volume 1, Batsu!!! Humiliating Music for Guitar and Corporate Talent Factor’s Next Top Idol!™. His music embraces a wide range of influences including elements of the New Complexity, improvisation and heavy metal. The visual aspect of his early work shows a strong affinity to dada and surrealism especially in reference to the role of the ‘object’ with pieces such as Three Boxes and a Cube. de la Cour often creates performance scenarios of an absurdist or ‘Pataphysical nature and has a keen interest in Comics, producing a series of comic (graphic notation) scores.

Festivals he has been involved in include ISCM World Music Days, MATA Festival, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, London Contemporary Music Festival, TRANSIT (Belgium), Borealis (Norway), Bergen International Festival, London Ear, Tête à Tête Opera Festival, London Ear, Athelas (Denmark), Notation Happening (Belgium), Frontiers (Birmingham), nyMusikk-Only Connect Festival of Sound (Norway), Soundwaves (Brighton), The Voice and the Lens (Birmingham/London), Spitalfields Festival, Stoke Newington Contemporary Music Festival, The Process (Lithuania), Miniere Sonore (Sardinia), and Atomino (Germany).

He has been broadcast on Resonance FM and recorded for BBC Radio 3 premiering works by Michael Finnissy and Chris Newman. He has performed with musicians such as Jane Manning, Mark Knoop, Lore Lixenberg, Linda Hirst, John Edwards, and Steve Noble, as well as ensembles such as the London Sinfonietta, Ensemble +-, and The Letter Piece Company. He also performs in the bands Zipperface, Nostrilatu, The Bishop of ****, and is a composer/performer for Arco Collective.

He is also is active as a vocalist, electric guitarist, and clown, performing works by Michael Finnissy, Chris Newman, Matthew Shlomowitz, Alwynne Pritchard, Neil Luck, Claudia Molitor, Johannes Kreidler and Trond Reinholdtsen. And has performed Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire (voice) with Ensemble Reconsil, with past performances in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and The Arnold Schoenberg Centre in Vienna.

He has projected work at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) as part of Comica 2008, and has exhibited at Southampton’s Artvaults and the Centre for Recent Drawing (C4RD). He also collaborated with the artist Bruce McLean in producing the film Drumstick, which has been exhibited at Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart, and as part of a live performance at the Whitechapel Gallery, London.

He is a founding member of squib-box, alongside Federico Reuben and Neil Luck.


Accordion Favourites (squib-toxic)
Gastromancy (squib-cake)
Live @ Modern Art Oxford (squib-live)
Live @ ICA (squib-live)
ARCO! Greatest Hits (squib-live)
Ground Techniques (squib-treats)


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Adam’s Website