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The Winterval Conspiracy is a collection of entirely liberal musical theology. drawing on influences as diverse as classical Indian, Arabic, and Iranian music, Terry Riley, Mike Oldfield, The Divine Comedy, David Arnold, Tangerine Dream, Philip Glass, Pink Floyd, Guillaume de Machaut, John Dresher, The Residents, John McLaughlin, Grand Union Orchestra, Miles Davis, Vangelis, European folk music, and Hildegard of Bingen the attempt is to take fusion to its limits & create a musical soundworld which defies category. you may like it, or you may loathe it - the choice is yours.

Simon Gray is a composer born January 26, 1970 in Kirkby near Liverpool, UK, and currently living in Birmingham, UK.

He studied at Birmingham Conservatoire, initially under Andrew Downes and then principally under John Mayer. Under the influence of the latter, he developed a keen interest in all forms of musical fusions, working as the Musical Director of the Conservatoire’s Indo Jazz Fusions ensemble for a time and coaching the Folk music ensemble there. He also served as the Director of the Conservatoire’s community music programme sponsored by the Post Office, and with Victoria Moon was the joint Artistic Director of the Music Extra Festival for four years. Whilst teaching at the Conservatoire, he completed one commission from Dudley Education Authority for a cantata based on the Legend of Saint Kenelm, scored for children’s orchestra, choir, guitars, recorders, handbells, and narrator. He graduated as a Graduate of the Birmingham Schools of Music (GBSM) in 1992, and a Master of Arts in Ethnomusicology in 1997.

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  • star_one

    thanks for your feedback - but to be honest, i think all band description pages tend to be on the pretentious side. i remember back in the old days of where most of the descriptions were either sub- lord of the rings plotlines, or waffle about new music for a new minellium etc...

    24 Jan 2010 Reply
  • ImNarc

    I assume since there are so few plays and no shouts that the group themselves have put this page up. So I just wanna say that this is amazing but your description up there is a bit pretentious with the whole "you may like it, or you may loathe it - the choice is yours" crap.

    27 Aug 2009 Reply