Projects available for touring

Dillon: Tanz/haus: triptych 2017

“Once again this composer breaks new ground with a work which immerses its audience in a music theatre of the mind. It is compelling for the sureness of its unfolding in time and space, the striking soundworlds conjured from its nine-piece ensemble, and its rich underlying vein of melancholy”.
RPS Awards 


“die Glieder, welche nichts als Pendel wären, folgten, ohne irgend ein Zutun, auf eine mechanische Weise von selbst. (*After all, the limbs are pendula, echoing automatically the movement of the centre.)
Über das Marionettentheater : Heinrich von Kleist 

Tanz/haus [lit.; ‘dance house’] ‘Tanz’ (‘dance’) from the (old) French ‘dancier’ itself is said to have derived from an (old) Frisian word ‘dintje’ to ‘tremble’ or ‘to quiver’. ‘House’ from Old English ‘hus’ (or low German ‘haus’ ) which simply means ‘dwelling’, can be traced back to its Indo-European root ‘hide’ – to hide, to conceal. 


“The specifics of Dillon’s soundworld were ravishing: sortilege bursts of chiming glitter, coloured with florid counterpoint and suspended chords and drones.”
– 5:4

“James Dillon’s composition Tanz/haus is a brilliant piece of music; its construction solid, its expression human, with a breathtaking and shimmering orchestration. The Scotsman is one of the most colourful composers in Europe. His works pair an intriguing complexity with an original and lush dreamy sound world.”
– The Wire





Jackie Shave, violin

Robert Irvine, cello

Nikita Naumov, doublebass

Ruth Morley, flute

William White, clarinet

Wiek Hijmans, elec. guitar

Andreas Borregaard, accordion

Tom Hunter, percussion

Simon Smith, piano/keyboard

Conductor, Simon Proust

Sound Engineer, Sami Bouvet


Performance Dates

November 2018
November Music, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands

October 2018
Sound Festival, Aberdeen, UK

October 2018
Transit Festival, Leuven, Belgium

November 2017
hcmf Huddersfield, UK 

More Info