Music not of place, but of time. Blake is not unsure of who he is and where he lives. He is not obsessed with Africa, nor is he chained to ‘the West’. He is perhaps the first South African composer to be unselfconsciously an African composer. His are the blueprints and stratagems of a new cosmopolitan South African sound.
— The Musical Times (Winter 2011)
22 March 2014, 22h05 – 22h50 | Deutschlandfunk, Atelier neuer Musik | Germany
Composer portrait of Michael Blake presented by Georg Beck, including performances of Rural Arias, Postcolonial Song and String Quartet No 3 ("Nofinishi").Link
7 April 2014 | Festival Rencontres Contemporaines, Lyon
French Suite (1994) for solo piano — French première
Ancuza Aprodu (piano)
13 September 2014 | Worpswede
Friedrich Gauwerky (cello)
1 October 2014 | Joseph Haydn Hall, Music University Vienna
Piano Concerto No 2 (2013) — First performance
Ensemble Reconsil; Roland Freisitzer (conductor)
Commissioned by MIAGI (Music is a Great Investment).