Performances between 2013 and 2014

The Music of Making Strange

20:00, Monday 14 January 2013
Cafe OTO (external link)
18-22 Ashwin St, Dalston
E8 3DL London
United Kingdom

Recent chamber music by Alex Hills much of which is an exploration of Viktor Shklovsky’s concept of Ostranenie, or art as “making strange”. Performers include Lucy Railton (external link), Aisha Orazbayeva, Serge Vuille, Roderick Chadwick and Natalie Raybould.

Alex Hills Alles 2012*4
Alex Hills Ostranenie 2009, rev 201210

Off record

19:00, Sunday 17 February 2013
Berlin
Germany

Two new works derived from exact transcriptions of recordings.

Peter Ablinger Piano and Record 2012*25
Richard Beaudoin Étude d’un prélude XI—four28 2009*25

Piano Transformed

Unerhörte Musik

20:30, Tuesday 19 February 2013
BKA Theater (external link)
Mehringdamm 34
Berlin
Germany

Four composers transform and extend the familiar piano sound in vastly different ways. Stefan Prins (external link) pits the instrument against its own virtual avatar while Newton Armstrong (external link) subtly expands its harmonies. Johannes Kriedler’s work uses audio and video playback as disruptive partners to the live performer, and Joanna Bailie (external link) creates new environments mediated by the piano.

Stefan Prins Piano Hero #1 20119
Stefan Prins Piano Hero #2 2011, rev 20126
Newton Armstrong making one leaf transparent and then another 201212
Johannes Kreidler Studie für Klavier, Audio- und Videozuspielung 20116
Joanna Bailie Artificial Environment No.8 2012-1318

Faust

The Well-Tempered Everyday: Vinterlydfestivalen

21:00, Friday 1 March 2013
Levinsalen, Norges musikkhøgskole (external link)
Slemdalsveien 11
0302 Oslo
Norway

Trond Reinholdtsen (external link) continues his ongoing project “The Norwegian Opra” with a work for Mark Knoop. Acknowledging the precedents of Marlowe, Goethe and Thomas Mann, Faust describes a Modernist-Faustian apocalypse leading to a decadent (but necessary) theatricalisation of the contemporary piano sonata. Only theory can help us now.

Trond Reinholdtsen Faust, or The Decline of Western Music 201145

Changing the context

The Well-Tempered Everyday: Vinterlydfestivalen

16:00, Saturday 2 March 2013
Levinsalen, Norges musikkhøgskole (external link)
Slemdalsveien 11
0302 Oslo
Norway

Matthew Shlomowitz Popular Contexts 201030
Johann Sebastian Bach Prelude & Fugue in C# minor BWV 849 172210
Joanna Bailie Artificial Environment No.8 2012-1318

Åpningskonsert

Borealis Festival

19:00, Wednesday 6 March 2013
Bir Avfallsenergi (external link)
Rådalen
Norway

Mark Knoop performs a Øyvind Torvund’s new work for harpsichord and electronics in the Borealis Festival (external link) opening concert.

Øyvind Torvund A house and a melody 2013*15

Narayana’s Koeien

Letter Piece Company

15:00, Sunday 10 March 2013
Geel Cultural Centre
Geel
Belgium

The Letter Piece Company (external link) play an afternoon family concert at the Geel Cultural Centre.

Shlomowitz/Anaraki Mixed Doubles 201020
Tom Johnson Narayana’s Cows 198916
Matthew Shlomowitz Letter Piece #3 (Australia, Bolton, Clinton, Dachshund and Echinacea) 20085

New Propositions

Out Hear

20:00, Monday 18 March 2013
Kings Place Hall Two (external link)
90 York Way
N1 9AG London
United Kingdom

Plus Minus presents a concert of works tracing the ensemble’s unique range of interests — from alternative notions of music theatre through to the micro-investigation of sound and high-concept approaches to contemporary music-making. Two UK premières by Jennifer Walshe (external link) and Joanna Bailie (external link) sit alongside new pieces especially written for the group by Newton Armstrong (external link) and James Weeks (external link).

Newton Armstrong Nature Pieces 2013*15
Joanna Bailie Artificial Environments Nos.1–5 201120
James Weeks Looping Busker Music 2013*15
Jennifer Walshe same person/not the same person 200724

Faust

London Ear Festival

21:00, Saturday 23 March 2013
The Cello Factory
33-34 Cornwall Road
SE1 8JT London
United Kingdom

Trond Reinholdtsen (external link) continues his ongoing project “The Norwegian Opra” with a work for Mark Knoop. Acknowledging the precedents of Marlowe, Goethe and Thomas Mann, Faust describes a Modernist-Faustian apocalypse leading to a decadent (but necessary) theatricalisation of the contemporary piano sonata. Only theory can help us now.

Trond Reinholdtsen Faust, or The Decline of Western Music 201145

brumaires

Leeds Contemporary Music Weekend

19:30, Saturday 20 April 2013
Clothworkers Centenary Hall (external link)
University of Leeds
LS2 9JT Leeds Yorkshire
United Kingdom

A programme of work for two pianos, percussion solo, and piano and percussion. Bartók’s major work is the main reference point for the concert, representing an interest in rethinking the percussive character of the piano by adding percussion to create an innovative sound world. Ferneyhough’s explosive work examines further ways of extending the sonata form to its expressive limits while Dillon (external link)’s idiosyncratic writing reflects his interests in a lyrical music derived from the piano resonances themselves. Zaldua (external link)’s work employs the full quartet to create highly colourful music performed as if by a singular instrument while Shlomowitz (external link)’ solo completes the large range of characters by examining the existential relationship between the performer and a hi-hat.

Ensemble: Ian Pace (external link), Mark Knoop, Nick Reed, Tenley Martin, Alistair Zaldua.

James Dillon black/nebulae 199512
Matthew Shlomowitz Hi hat and Me 20105
Alistair Zaldua brumaires 2008/0915
Brian Ferneyhough Sonata for Two Pianos 196614
Béla Bartók Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion 193724

Songs about words

13:00, Monday 22 April 2013
Turner Sims (external link)
Salisbury Road
SO17 1BJ Southampton
United Kingdom

Renowned contemporary performers Juliet Fraser (soprano) and Mark Knoop (piano) present a programme of experimental song including works by Mauricio Kagel, Charles Ives, Laurence Crane, and the newly-commissioned cycle Songs about words and about the pleasure of misery by Matthew Shlomowitz (external link).

Charles Ives selected songs
Mauricio Kagel Rrrrrrr… 19829
Laurence Crane Tour de France Statistics 1903–2003 20045
Mauricio Kagel MM 51 19765
Matthew Shlomowitz Songs about words and about the pleasure of misery 2013*20

Songs about words

20:00, Thursday 25 April 2013
The Forge (external link)
3-7 Delancey St
NW1 7NL London
United Kingdom

Renowned contemporary performers Juliet Fraser (soprano) and Mark Knoop (piano) present a programme of experimental song including works by Mauricio Kagel, Charles Ives, Laurence Crane, and the newly-commissioned cycle Songs about words and about the pleasure of misery by Matthew Shlomowitz (external link).

Charles Ives selected songs
Mauricio Kagel Rrrrrrr… 19829
Laurence Crane Tour de France Statistics 1903–2003 20045
Mauricio Kagel MM 51 19765
Matthew Shlomowitz Songs about words and about the pleasure of misery 201320

brumaires

19:30, Saturday 27 April 2013
Great Hall, Goldsmiths University (external link)
Lewisham Way, New Cross
SE14 6NW London
United Kingdom

A programme of work for two pianos, percussion solo, and piano and percussion. Bartók’s major work is the main reference point for the concert, representing an interest in rethinking the percussive character of the piano by adding percussion to create an innovative sound world. Ferneyhough’s explosive work examines further ways of extending the sonata form to its expressive limits while Dillon (external link)’s idiosyncratic writing reflects his interests in a lyrical music derived from the piano resonances themselves. Zaldua (external link)’s work employs the full quartet to create highly colourful music performed as if by a singular instrument while Shlomowitz (external link)’ solo completes the large range of characters by examining the existential relationship between the performer and a hi-hat.

Ensemble: Ian Pace (external link), Mark Knoop, Nick Reed, Tenley Martin, Alistair Zaldua.

James Dillon black/nebulae 199512
Matthew Shlomowitz Hi hat and Me 20105
Alistair Zaldua brumaires 2008/0915
Brian Ferneyhough Sonata for Two Pianos 196614
Béla Bartók Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion 193724

A to B

Plus-Minus at City

18:00, Tuesday 21 May 2013
Performance Space, City University (external link)
College Building, St John Street
EC1V 0HB London
United Kingdom

A concert exploring the possibilities created from interaction between live performance and digital technology. Steen­Andersen’s work turns a sonic microscope on the voice, amplifying and re-contextualising phonemes into musical phrases while Ablinger (external link) transcribes a the microvariations of a blank vinyl record for solo piano. Prins (external link) pits the live performer against a virtual avatar, blending the acoustic and digital together in a new reality. In Rodgers’ piece, a hands-on exploration of the sonic possibilities of percussion is captured and transformed by live sampling, the electronic processing enhancing and augmenting the live performance.

With Serge Vuille, percussion.

Please note 6:00pm start time!

Simon Steen-Andersen In Her Frown 2007, rev 20109
Peter Ablinger Piano and Record 201225
Stefan Prins Piano Hero #1 20119
Stefan Prins Piano Hero #2 2011, rev 20126
Georgia Rodgers A to B 201020

Copies, casts, replicas

16:00, Friday 7 June 2013
Shaw Library (external link)
Old Building, London School of Economics
WC2A 2AE London
United Kingdom

As part of an LSE symposium discussing issues relating to copying and copyright, Mark Knoop presents a recital including recent works by Richard Beaudoin (external link).

Johann Sebastian Bach Durch Adams Fall ist ganz verderbt BWV637, arr Ferruccio Busoni 17133
Michael Finnissy Gershwin Arrangements - How long has this been going on? 1975-884
Richard Beaudoin The Artist and his Model I—la fille floutée 20109
Johann Sebastian Bach Durch Adams Fall ist ganz verderbt — Fuga BWV705, arr Ferruccio Busoni 17084
Michael Finnissy Gershwin Arrangements - Embraceable you 1975-884
Aldo Clementi Blues (Fantasie su Frammenti di Thelonius Monk) 20015
Richard Beaudoin Now anything can hang at any angle 20112

Patterns

City Summer Sounds

19:00, Monday 24 June 2013
Performance Space, City University (external link)
College Building, St John Street
EC1V 0HB London
United Kingdom

Morton Feldman’s 1981 work Patterns in a Chromatic Field creates its own musical context, setting aside conceptions of rhythm and harmony to work instead with the raw materials of duration and pitch. Influenced by late Feldman, Georgia Rodgers’ new work for cello and electronics explores repetition as a means of achieving stillness, examining the interaction between sonic spaces.

With Séverine Ballon (external link), cello.

Georgia Rodgers late lines 2013*18
Morton Feldman Patterns in a Chromatic Field 198180

The Protagonists

Arnolfini

20:00, Friday 19 July 2013
Arnolfini (external link)
16 Narrow Quay
BS1 4QA Bristol
United Kingdom

As part of the opening weekend of Yorgos Sapountzis’s exhibition The Protagonists, Øyvind Torvund creates a work for diverse ensemble. For more information see the Arnolfini website (external link).

Øyvind Torvund The Protagonists 2013*20

LCMF: New Complexity and Noise

London Contemporary Music Festival

19:30, Friday 2 August 2013
Bold Tendencies (external link)
Level 7, Multi Storey Car Park, 95a Rye Lane
SE15 9ST London
United Kingdom

LCMF2013 brings together music associated with the New Complexity school of composition and noise-based improvisation. Also featuring performances by Anthony Pateras, Steve Noble and Russell Haswell.

Michael Finnissy English Country-Tunes 1977/1982-8540

LCMF: Keyboard Breakdown

London Contemporary Music Festival

19:30, Sunday 4 August 2013
Bold Tendencies (external link)
Level 7, Multi Storey Car Park, 95a Rye Lane
SE15 9ST London
United Kingdom

As the final event of LCMF2013, Jane Chapman harpsichord, Leon Michener electric organ, and Mark Knoop piano, perform a condensed history of keyboard music from 1746–2012.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Rondo in A minor K.511 178711
Franz Liszt Unstern! S.208 18814
Adam de la Cour Beat Me 20075
Arnold Schoenberg Drei Klavierstücke opus 11 190912
Morton Feldman Intermission 5 19524
Leo Ornstein Suicide in an Airplane 19184
Lauren Redhead i am but one small instrument 20125
Iannis Xenakis Evryali 197311
Philip Corner Piano Activities 196220

Harakiri

Plus-Minus Ensemble

TRANSIT Festival

16:00, Sunday 27 October 2013
Leuven STUK (external link)
Naamsestraat 96
B-3000 Leuven
Belgium

Plus-Minus Ensemble present Peter Ablinger (external link)’s settings of the voices of Jacques Brel, Forough Farrokzhad and Ilya Prigogine. New works by Guy De Bièvre (external link) and Bernhard Lang (external link) link with the ensemble’s experimental aesthetics. With his controversial Harakiri it seemed as if Nicolaus A. Huber was committing harakiri himself — since the very sparse composition didn’t satisfy the commissioning party, it was years before the piece had its premiere.

Nicolaus A. Huber Harakiri 1971, arr 201216
Peter Ablinger Voices and Piano (selection) 1998-*
Guy de Bièvre Time Zones 2013*10
Bernhard Lang DW23: ...Loops for Dr. X 2013*20

quasi a due

Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival

13:00, Wednesday 20 November 2013
Phipps Hall
University of Huddersfield, Queensgate
HD1 3DH Huddersfield Yorkshire
United Kingdom

Classic and recent experimental music for piano duet and two pianos, exploring activity and interactivity. Provoking, affecting, ignoring, subverting the norms of chamber music; actions unseen, but not unheard? Curiosity and surprise result from investigation — sounds the result of anomalous relationships.

Laurence Crane Piano Duets 1990-918
Peter Ablinger Ohne Titel 1-10 20058
Kunsu Shim quasi a due 200915
Christian Wolff Duet I 19605
John Cage Winter Music 195715

Plus-Minus Ensemble

Kämmer Klang

20:00, Tuesday 26 November 2013
Cafe OTO (external link)
18-22 Ashwin St, Dalston
E8 3DL London
United Kingdom

Plus-Minus (external link) presents new works written for the the ensemble.

Johannes Kreidler Money 20128
Newton Armstrong Nature Pieces 201315
Bernhard Lang DW23: ...Loops for Dr. X 201320

Environments

University of Huddersfield

19:30, Thursday 5 December 2013
St Paul’s Hall
Queensgate
HD1 2RD Huddersfield Yorkshire
United Kingdom

Mark Knoop presents music which challenges our conceptions of the listening environment.

Joanna Bailie Artificial Environment No.8 2012-1318
Chikako Morishita soot 2013*4
Peter Ablinger Piano and Record 201225
Pedro Alvarez VER 2013*16
Nicolaus A. Huber Beds and Brackets 199018
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