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Kinsey has written over 25 works for and including the classical guitar. Almost all her guitar works have received World Premières and many have been recorded and published by Art Music Editions and Art Music Recordings. Kinsey has given more than 150 performances across 4 continents of her “African-inspired” works. In 2007 she received an Astris Award for her contribution to music and music education in South Africa.

Her numerous other works include ballets, chamber works, and several electro-acoustic tone poems. She has been commissioned by SAMRO, SABC, The Foundation for the Creative Arts as well as by private individuals, corporate organisations and schools.

Her music is unashamedly often melodic, atmospheric and entertaining. She utilizes tonal, modal and chromatic elements with a strong emphasis on rhythm, and a special flair for descriptive and programmatic forms of music.

She often draws on “local colour” by recreating the sound of South African birds and certain African instruments into her works. Like an actress she believes in experiencing, wherever possible, the composition she wants to create and this has taken her to many remote and exotic locations like the Okavango for her piece Mokoro which she believes has helped create her unique “African-inspired” flavour.

Classical Guitar Magazine UK said of Ms Kinsey’s works: “Ingenious and evocative, the result of a fertile imagination … a master musician of unusual ability”. Colin Cooper

Composing commissions are accepted from individuals, educational institutions, arts organisations as well as recording, tv, film and advertising companies for specific compositions of music. Ms Kinsey works best in the medium of classical guitar with other small ensemble instruments including, voice, keyboard, synthesiser and choir.

Her specialty is descriptive music for solo, duo, quartet and guitar orchestra, as well as childrens ensemble music. Living in Africa she can offer her unique “African-inspired” flavour to any work and this has distinguished her amongst other composers for guitar. She has been commissioned by SAMRO, UNESCO, and the FOUNDATION for the CREATIVE ARTS.

Sound Samples of her work are :

MOKORO from Music from Africa

SENSUAL from Sensual

ARGENTINIAN for Guitar Quartet from Avril Kinsey and Friends

CATALOGUE OF MUSICAL WORKS

SOLO WORKS
 
Song of The Water: Mokoro, 1988
  Source:

Guitar Music from Africa
Cape Town: Art Music Editions, 1996

Note:
The performer is required to re-create the sound of a fish eagle call on the guitar, water insects, and a canoe scraping through the reedy swamp (all explained in the notes of the publication Guitar Music from Africa
Première:
Avril Kinsey (guit) African Evenings
Bloemfontein: The Odeon, August 4, 1988
Recordings:

(1)


Avril Kinsey (guit)‘Song of the Water: Mokoro’
African Evenings (Goc2) [vinyl]
Johannesburg: Gold Leaf Records and Tusk Music Ltd.1988
(2) Avril Kinsey (guit)‘Song of the Water: Mokoro’
Guitar Music from Africa (CD AM001), Cape Town: Art Music, 1996
(3)

Avril Kinsey (guit) ‘Mokoro’ [Video] SABC
TV, Auckland Park:c 1988 [DVD] composers personal copy.
(4) Avril Kinsey (guit) BBC Music Insert [Video] BBC TV, Edinburgh: 1989 [VHS] composer’ personal copy

Afrique du Temps Jadis: Sangoma, 1989
  Movements: 1. Prelude
2. Evocation (to ancestral spirits)
3. Ritual Dance
  Source: Guitar Music from Africa
Cape Town: Art Music Editions, 1996
  Note: The performer is required to use a ‘sangoma’s swish’, a porcupine quill, and a sea-shell (the effects are explained in the notes of the publication: Guitar Music from Africa
  Première: Avril Kinsey (guit) Images of Africa on Guitar,
London: Purcell Room, South Bank Centre, 28 June 1989
  Recording: Avril Kinsey (guit) Guitar Music from Africa (CD AM001) Cape Town: Art Music, 1996

The Dancers - Suite for Classical Guitar. 1993
  Movements: 1. Shembe (A Religious Zulu Dance)
2. Incwala (A Ceremonial Swazi Dance)
3. Umhlanga (A Swazi Reed Dance)
  Source: Ms: A Kinsey
  Commission: Foundation for the Creative Arts
  Première: Avril Kinsey(guit) ‘Guitar Music from Africa’
Grahamstown: Standard Bank National Arts Festival, Rhodes Chapel, July 6, 1996
  Recording: Avril Kinsey (guit) Solo Recital SABC Live Radio Broadcast, Rondebosch: Josephine Mill c 1997 [cassette recording & CD includes other works]
composer,s personal copy

Bushmen: Spirit of the Wilderness (solo), 1996
  Source: Guitar Music from Africa
Cape Town: Art Music Editions, 1996
  Note: The work requires the use of Prestik, (for a marimba sound), a ‘gourd-rattle’ (Bushman rattle ), and a curtain hook or hair grip (zither effect), in order to create the various ethnic effects. The vocal ‘click’ sound of Bushmen speech is also recreated on the guitar.
  Première: Gregory Newton (guit) DMA Recital: Images of Asia and Africa, Los Angeles: Northridge United Methodist Church, February 11, 2005

Domba Dance: Python Ritual Dance (solo), 1996
  Source: Guitar Music from Africa
Cape Town: Art Music Editions, 1996
  Première: Avril Kinsey (guit) A Classical Guitar Recital Grahamstown: Standard Bank National Arts Festival Beethoven Room, 5 July 1997
  Recording: Avril Kinsey (guit) Avril Kinsey Recital, SABC Live Radio Broadcast, Rondebosch: Josephine Mill c 1997 [cassette recording & CD] composer’s personal copy

Modjadji: The Rain Queen (solo), 1996
  Source: Guitar Music from Africa
Cape Town: Art Music Editions, 1996
  Note: The performer is required to drum on the back of the guitar and to scream.

Sensual: Homage a Renoir, 1997
  Source: Ms: A Kinsey pending publication by Art Music
  Première: Avril Kinsey (guit) Grahamstown: Standard Bank National Arts Festival, The Great Hall, July 4, 1997
  Recording: Avril Kinsey (guit), Sensual (CD AM002) Cape Town: Art Music, 1997

Whale Bay Rondo, 1998
  Source: Copy of ms: SAMRO (A04283)1998
  Dedication: Vidius Archer

Song for Greyton, 2000
  Source: Ms: A Kinsey
  Dedication: Lorraine Forbes

Guitar on Safari: Concert in Miniature Series, 2006
  Separate Pieces: 1.Dawn Mist
2.Beat about the Bush
3.Gentle Giants
4.Jazzy Jump Antelope
5.Sad Song
6.Cool Red Tango
7.Under the Stars
8.Campfire Blues
  Source: Guitar on Safari, Cape Town: Art Music Editions, 2006
  Première: Avril Kinsey (guit), ‘Gentle Giants, Jazzy Jump Antelope, Sad Song, Cool Red Tango’, Solo Recital, Swellendam: Wildebraam, 31 August, 2007
  Recording: Avril Kinsey (guit) Guitar on Safari (CD AM003),
Cape Town: Art Music, 2007

DUO GUITAR WORKS
Bushmen: Spirit of the Wilderness (Duet), 1988
  Source: Guitar Music from Africa, Cape Town: Art Music Editions, 1996
  Note: The work requires the use of Prestik (marimba sound), a gourd rattle (Bushman rattle sound), and a curtain hook or hair grip (zither effect) to create various ethnic effects. The vocal click sound of Bushmen
speech is recreated on the guitar. The effects are explained in the notes of the publication.
  Première: Avril Kinsey (guit) and John Silver (guit) African Evenings, Bloemfontein: The Odeon, August 4, 1988
  Recordings: 1) Avril Kinsey (guit) and John Silver (guit)‘Bushmen: Spirit of the Wilderness’ African Evenings (Goc2) [vinyl LP] Johannesburg: Gold Leaf Records and Tusk Music Ltd.1988.
(2) Avril Kinsey (guit) and John Silver (guit) ‘Bushmen: Spirit of the Wilderness’ Guitar Music from Africa (CD AM001), Cape Town: Art Music, 1996
    (3) Avril Kinsey(guit) and John Silver (guit) ‘Mervyn Davis Luthier’ Arts on One: SABC TV, Documentary, Auckland Park: c 1989 [DVD] in the possession of the composer.

Domba Dance: Python Ritual Dance (Duet) 1988
  Source: Guitar Music from Africa, Cape Town: Art Music
Editions, 1996
  Première: Avril Kinsey (guit) and John Silver, African Evenings
Bloemfontein: The Odeon, August 4, 1988
  Recordings (1) Avril Kinsey (guit) and John Silver (guit) African Evenings (Goc2) [vinyl LP] Johannesburg: Gold Leaf Records and Tusk Music Ltd.1988.
    (2) Avril Kinsey (guit) and John Silver (guit) Guitar Music from Africa (CD AM001), Cape Town: Art Music, Guitar Music from Africa (CD AM001) Cape Town: Art Music, 1996
    (3) Avril Kinsey (guit) and John Silver (guit) ‘Avril Kinsey and John Silver TV Documentary’ SABC TV, Auckland Park: c 1989 [DVD] in the possession of the composer

The Rain Queen: Modjadji (Duet), 1988
  Source: Guitar Music from Africa, Cape Town: Art Music
Editions, 1996
  Notes: The performers are required to drum on the back of the guitars, scream and create a ‘bowed cello’ effect by rubbing the sixth strings of the two guitars over each other. The effects are explained in the notes of the publication
  Première: Avril Kinsey (guit) and John Silver (guit)
African Evenings Bloemfontein; The Odeon, August 4, 1988
  Recordings: (1) Avril Kinsey (guit) and John Silver (guit) African Evenings (Goc2) [vinyl LP] Johannesburg: Gold Leaf Records and Tusk Music Ltd.1988.
    (2) Avril Kinsey (guit) and John Silver (guit) Guitar Music from Africa (CD AM001), Cape Town: Art Music, 1996
    (3) ‘Modjadji The Documentary’, Arts on One: SABC TV, Documentary, Auckland Park: c 1989 [DVD] in the possession of the composer

Three Traditional African Folksongs, 1988
  Movements: 1.
2.
3.

Magwalandini
Jikele Maweni
Khuluma (Speak)

  Source: Guitar Music from Africa: Cape Town: Art Music Editions,1996
  Note: Co-author: ‘Khuluma’: Betty Khoza
  Première: Avril Kinsey (guit) and John Silver(guit) African Evenings, Bloemfontein: The Odeon, August 4, 1988
  Recordings: (1) Avril Kinsey (guit) and John Silver (guit) African Evenings(Goc2) [vinyl LP] Johannesburg: Gold Leaf Records and Tusk Music Ltd.1988.
    (2) Guitar Music from Africa (CDAM001), Cape Town: Art Music, 1996

Two Celtic Duets for Guitar, 1998
  Movements: 1.
2.

Ode to O Carolan No 1
Ode to O Carolan No 2

  Source: Concert in Miniature Series No 2 (CM02)
  Cape Town: Art Music Editions, 2005
  Première: Avril Kinsey (guit) and Bob Gilson (guit) ‘Celtic Delights’,Grahamstown: Standard Bank National Arts Festival, Beethoven Room, (n.d.)
  Recording:

[Cassette recording] in the possession of the composer

GUITAR and VOICE
Sensual Song: Homage a Renoir, 1997
  Instrumentation: [Sop, guit]
  Source: Ms: A Kinsey
  Note: Text: Avril Kinsey
  Première: Sanet Allen (sop) and Avril Kinsey (guit) Cape Town: Bertrams Cellar Groot Constantia , c 1997
  Recording: Sanet Allen (sop) and Avril Kinsey (guit)‘Sensual’ on Sensual (CD AM002) Cape Town: Art Music, 1997 Somewhere, 1999
  Instrumentation: [V, guit]
  Source: Ms: A Kinsey
  Note: Text: Avril Kinsey
  Request: Kirstenhof Primary School
  Dedication: The pupils of Kirstenhof Primary
  Première: Kirstenhof Primary (V), Cape Town: Kirstenhof Primary School, c 1999

BALLET & DANCE WORKS
Sounds Great: A One Act Ballet, 1986
  Instrumentation: [Guit, synth]
  Movements: 1.
2.
3.
Sounds like Fun
Sounds Silly
Sacred Sounds
  Source: Ms: A Kinsey
  Commission: Sylvia Glasser for ‘Moving Into Dance Company’ Première Moving into Dance Company (dancers) Sylvia Glasser (choreography), Johannesburg: Wits Theatre, 1986
  Recording: Avril Kinsey (guit & synth) [cassette & VHS] in the personal possession of the choreographer

Local Images, 1987
  Instrumentation: [Guit, synth]
  Source: Ms not available
  Commission: Robyn Orlin for SABC TV
  Première: Robyn Orlin (choreography and dancer) and Robyn Orlin Dancers, Grahamstown: Standard Bank National Arts Festival, n.d.
  Recording: Avril Kinsey (guit & synth) Johannesburg: SABC TV Robyn Orlin Dance Insert [VHS & DVD] composer’s personal copy

Into the Light: for Carol Kinsey
  Instrumentation: [Synth]
  Source: Ms A Kinsey
  Request: Carol Kinsey
  Première: Carol Kinsey (choreography and dancer) & Johan Jooste (dancer).
Cape Town: Artscape Opera House, n.d.
  Recording: Avril Kinsey (synth) [DVD] composer’s personal copy

ENSEMBLE WORKS
Legends of the Cape: A musical tone poem, with narration, 1990-1992
  Instrumentation: [Guit solo, fl, hn, hrp, cel, str, choir, timp, synth, perc, narr] or /[Guit solo),guit (accomp), synths (2), perc,narr]
  Movements:

1.
2.
3.
4.

Abantubamlambo (Sea Creatures)
Cape of Storms

Dance of the Grape Tokoloshe
The Sheik, The Ship and the Shrine
  Sources: Ms: A Kinsey
  Note: Narrated text: A Kinsey, 1992
  Dedication: Bob Gilson
  Première: Avril Kinsey (guit & narr), Bob Gilson (guit & narr), Tony Drake (synths), John Hargreaves (perc)

Legends of the Cape, Stellenbosch: Oude Libertas
Amphitheatre, 20th March 1993
  Recordings: (1) Avril Kinsey (guit & synth) ‘Abantubamlambo & Cape of Storms’ Guitar Music from Africa (CD AM001) Cape Town: Art Music, 1996
    (2) Avril Kinsey (guit & synth) ‘Grape Tokoloshe’ Top Billing TV insert for SABC TV, Auckland Park: 1993 [DVD] composer’s personal copy

Legends: Three Tone Poems for Electro-acoustic Ensemble with Narrator, 1995
  Instrumentation: [SATB, fl, tpt(2),synth(2),guit(2),pf,hn,d-b, timp,gong,mand,tbells, nar]
  Movements: 1.
2.
3a.
3b.
Gilgamesh
Land of Heroes and Heroines
In the Beginning
Manifest
  Note: Narrated text for the epic tale of ‘Gilgamesh’and the Finnish legend‘Swan of Tuonela’: A Kinsey
    Narrated text for ‘In the Beginning’ based on the nonstandard Big Bang and Inflationary Universe Theories: Bob Gilson
  Source: Ms: A Kinsey
  Commission: Johannesburg: Foundation for the Creative Arts
  Dedications: ‘Gilgamesh’ - Beryl Purcell ‘Land of Heroes and Heroines’ – Carol Kinsey & ‘In the Beginning and Manifest’ – Bob Gilson

WORKS FOR FOUR GUITARS
Four by Five Traditional , 2001
  Separate Pieces: 1. Bok Srou (Cambodian trad)
2. Moo Lee Wha (Chinese trad)
3. Albanian (Albania trad)
4. Barinya (Russian trad)
5. Al la li la (Mauritian Sega Dance)
  Source: Ms: Avril Kinsey - pending publication by Art Music
  Dedication: ‘Steven Felmore, for the beautiful sound’ A Kinsey
  Première: The Cape Town Academy of Music Guitar Quartet (Monica Gasiewska, Steven Kukard, Karl Rohloff, Avril Kinsey)

‘Around the World with Six Guitars’
  Durbanville: High Street Theatre , 25, February 2001
  Recording: Rehearsal [DVD] composer’s personal copy
 

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