Performances between 2015 and 2016

The Incandescent Reality of the Earth’s Womb

Infancy, History & the Avant-Garde

12:30, Saturday 24 January 2015
Omnibus Clapham (external link)
1 Clapham Common Northside
SW4 0QW London
United Kingdom

Curated by Steve Potter (composer-performer) and Kélina Gotman (Lecturer in Theatre and Performance Studies, King’s College London), the festival brings together musicians, performance poets, choreographers, and cultural theorists for a musically, textually, theatrically and intellectually rich day-and-a-half of events.

The works presented think through and embody extreme sensation, cries, screams, disregard for the bounds of ‘good taste’; excess, chaos, risk; and the flip-side: discipline, control, security. Toys, props; imitation, counter-imitation, mimesis; play, games; the politics of the family, the antinomy of heteronormativity and capitalism’s drive towards temporary relationships, ever-changing personalities, adaptability and rootlessness; work, value, sleep and sleep deprivation; altered states of consciousness; cuteness; lullabies.

Carl Rosman (external link), clarinet/voice and Mark Knoop, piano/keyboard. Full festival listing here (external link).

Adam de la Cour L’Exorcisme du Mômo 200820

For John Cage

City University

19:00, Tuesday 10 February 2015
Performance Space, City University (external link)
College Building, St John Street
EC1V 0HB London
United Kingdom

Characteristic works from two of the most individual and influential composers of the twentieth century. Webern’s concise precision is echoed and expanded 72 years later by the daring fluid architecture of Feldman’s duo.

Aisha Orazbayeva, violin and Mark Knoop, piano.

Anton Webern Vier Stücke opus 7 19105
Morton Feldman For John Cage 198270

Extensions

Goldsmiths

19:00, Saturday 21 February 2015
Deptford Town Hall (external link)
288-300 New Cross Road
SE14 6AF London
United Kingdom

As part of the Contemporary Music Research Unit’s conference: Compositional Aesthetics and the Political, Aisha Orazbayeva and Mark Knoop perform Spahlinger’s monumental duo. Also featuring the premiere of a new work by Caroline Lucas for piano and video.

Lauren Redhead i am but one small instrument 20125
Caroline Lucas 21 February 2015 2015*10
Mathias Spahlinger Extension 1979/8050

Beasts and Beauties

Kämmer Klang

20:30, Tuesday 3 March 2015
Cafe OTO (external link)
18-22 Ashwin St, Dalston
E8 3DL London
United Kingdom

Works by Beat Furrer (external link) and Georgia Rodgers feature in this edition of Kämmer Klang (external link) before a solo tuba improvisation set.

Performers: Juliet Fraser, Mark Knoop and Oren Marshall.

Georgia Rodgers cut it out 201410
Beat Furrer voicelessness (the snow has no voice) 198610
Beat Furrer Aria 199914

CINESONICA

City University

19:00, Tuesday 17 March 2015
Performance Space, City University (external link)
College Building, St John Street
EC1V 0HB London
United Kingdom

A concert exploring the relationships between sound, simulation and moving images, with a particular focus on embodied movement. Also includes works by Joseph Hyde, Simon Katan and Miguel Mera.

Michael Beil Mach Sieben 2000/201220

Piano / No Piano

Elke and Arno Morenz Collection

19:30, Thursday 19 March 2015
Elke and Arno Morenz Collection (external link)
Sybelstraße 62
10629 Berlin-Charlottenburg
Germany

A recital by Loré Lixenberg and Mark Knoop with the participation of the Lettrist performer Broutin curated by Frédéric Acquaviva (external link).

Frédéric Acquaviva O(e)uvre 19904
John Cage Etudes Boreales for piano solo 197818
John Cage 31’57.9864” for a pianist 195432
John Cage She is Asleep 19438
John Cage A Flower 19504
John Cage The Wonderful Widow of Eighteen Springs 19422
John Cage Nowth Upon Nacht 19841
John Cage Aria + Fontana Mix + Concert for Piano 1958

Codex Purpureus

20:00, Sunday 29 March 2015
Cafe OTO (external link)
18-22 Ashwin St, Dalston
E8 3DL London
United Kingdom

An evening of Salvatore Sciarrino (external link)’s string and piano trios, the London premiere of Bryn Harrison (external link)’s monumental violin and piano piece and a new violin duo by Alex Hills.

With Aisha Orazbayeva and Eloisa Fleur Thom violins, Jennifer Ames viola, Anton Lukoszevieze cello, and Mark Knoop piano.

Salvatore Sciarrino Codex Purpureus 198310
Alex Hills The Chromatic Sedition 20146
Salvatore Sciarrino Piano Trio no. 2 198715
Bryn Harrison Receiving the Approaching Memory 2011-1240

WeSpoke: Multitasking

Festival Mixtur

16:00, Sunday 26 April 2015
A Fabra I Coats (external link)
Carrer Sant Adrià, 20
08030 Barcelona
Spain

WeSpoke (external link): Mark Knoop and Serge Vuille perform at 2015 Festival Mixtur.

David Bird Fields 20107
James Saunders you say what to do 201410

Music and/as Process

CMRU @ Goldsmiths

18:00, Saturday 6 June 2015
Deptford Town Hall (external link)
288-300 New Cross Road
SE14 6AF London
United Kingdom

Bryn Harrison (external link) presents the Keynote Lecture of the Music and/as Process Third Annual Conference preceding a performance by Mark Knoop.

Bryn Harrison Vessels 2013

From across the Atlantic

Plus Minus

City Summer Sounds

19:00, Tuesday 9 June 2015
Performance Space, City University (external link)
College Building, St John Street
EC1V 0HB London
United Kingdom

Plus Minus presents an event exploring a range of experimental practices — from the theatrical to the microtonal — from four distinctive North American composers.

Steven Kazuo Takasugi Die Klavierübung: movement 1 (version for piano and tape) 2007-09/201411
Natacha Diels 2.5 Nightmares, for Jessie 201410
Steven Kazuo Takasugi Strange Autumn 2003/0418
Pauline Oliveros All Fours 10
James Tenney Critical Band 1988/200017

New Romantics

music we’d like to hear

19:30, Friday 3 July 2015
St Mary at Hill (external link)
Lovat Lane
EC3R 8EE London
United Kingdom

Much-loved series music we’d like to hear (external link) returns in 2015 with a concert of works for piano trio featuring Aisha Orazbayeva violin, Alice Purton cello and Mark Knoop piano.

Walter Zimmermann Ephemer 1977-8118
Klarenz Barlow 1981 19819
Mauricio Kagel Piano Trio no. 1 in three movements 198527

Plus Minus

Ultima

17:00, Friday 11 September 2015
Den Norske Opera & Ballett (external link)
Kirsten Flagstads Plass 1
0150 Oslo
Norway

Plus-Minus (external link) presents a concert of two genre-stretching pieces especially written for the group. Matthew Shlomowitz (external link)’s Lecture About Bad Music (2015), drawing on scholarship from a range of fields and employing musical demonstrations and recreations of psychological experiments, asks us to consider if a piece of music can be inherently bad, or whether such judgements are purely subjective. Alexander Schubert (external link)’s Sensate Focus (2014) on the other hand, is concerned with the interplay between sound and image, and adds light as a fifth performer to a quartet of musicians. Using strobing effects, Schubert explores issues of sampling and sensorial experience in both the audio and visual domains, and our ability to form continuities from discrete objects.

Alexander Schubert Sensate Focus 201418
Matthew Shlomowitz Lecture about Bad Music 2015*40

Fields/Machines

Cut and Splice

20:00, Friday 25 September 2015
Cafe OTO (external link)
18-22 Ashwin St, Dalston
E8 3DL London
United Kingdom

This year’s Cut and Splice Festival at Cafe Oto, co-produced by Sound and Music, and BBC Radio 3, links the work of the pioneers of the sonic avant-garde to the trail-blazers of today and explores the relationships between music machines and the environment. Moving from the centre to the edges of music-making practices, from the last century to our own, the programme seeks to explore these dual radii of influence, that somehow overlap, create interference patterns and forming a fuzzy and yet compelling continuum on which the programmed works lie.

Michael Pisaro Fields have ears (1) 200820
Clara Iannotta The people here go mad. They blame the wind. 2013-1410
Henry Cowell Æolian Harp 19234
Simon Løffler b 201210

Space/Translation/Device

20:00, Saturday 26 September 2015
Cafe OTO (external link)
18-22 Ashwin St, Dalston
E8 3DL London
United Kingdom

Peter Ablinger Renate Fuczik 2006-26*1440
Mauro Lanza Regnum vegetabile 201320
James Saunders AT LEAST ONE HUNDRED DEVICES BEING TURNED ON AND OFF 2012
James Saunders like you and like you 2015*

Lecture about Bad Music

music@1pm

13:00, Monday 2 November 2015
Turner Sims (external link)
Salisbury Road
SO17 1BJ Southampton
United Kingdom

Plus Minus perform a lunchtime concert at Southampton University before a workshop with student composers.

Ben Jameson Construction in Metal 2015*11
Matthew Shlomowitz Lecture about Bad Music 201540

Words & Music 3

Durham Musicon

19:30, Sunday 8 November 2015
Durham University (external link)
Durham
United Kingdom

The final concert in the Musicon November festival features Mark Knoop performing a selection from Peter Ablinger (external link)’s ongoing cycle Voices and Piano. A simultaneous performance of solos from John Cage (external link)’s time series follows with Knoop, members of the Ives Ensemble and Damian Robson.

Peter Ablinger Voices and Piano (selection) 1998-
John Cage 45’ for a speaker 195445
John Cage 26’1.1499” for a string player 1953-5526
John Cage 27’10.554” for a percussionist 195627
John Cage 31’57.9864” for a pianist 195432
John Cage 34’46.776” for a pianist 195435

Endless Shrimp

Kammer Klang

20:00, Tuesday 1 December 2015
Cafe OTO (external link)
18-22 Ashwin St, Dalston
E8 3DL London
United Kingdom

We Spoke presents work by Jessie Marino (external link) for two performers with objects, video and assorted instruments. The evening also features cellist Oliver Coates and video artist Lawrence Lek.

Jessie Marino Guillaume de Saint-Cloud suffers a violent dazzling 201513
Jessie Marino Ritual I 20114
Jessie Marino Endless Shrimp 20158

Five Ways to Kill Time

Plus Minus Ensemble

LCMF

19:00, Sunday 13 December 2015
Ambika P3 (external link)
University of Westminster
35 Marylebone Road, NW1 5LS London
United Kingdom

Time is stretched, bent and finally dissolved in Five Ways To Kill Time. Also featuring performances by Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou, Tim Etchells / Aisha Orazbayeva, Ellen Fullman and Stephen O’Malle.

Bryn Harrison Repetitions in Extended Time 200843

A Martian Sends a Postcard Home

Plus Minus Ensemble

LCMF

19:00, Wednesday 16 December 2015
Ambika P3 (external link)
University of Westminster
35 Marylebone Road, NW1 5LS London
United Kingdom

A Martian Sends a Postcard Home takes its name from a poem by Craig Raine that sought to re-see the world through bold acts of defamiliarisation. This night celebrates the Martianist turn in music, with an exploration of composers who have made the familiar fresh. Also works by Tino Sehgal, Helmut Lachenmann, Christian Kesten, Andrew Hamilton, Dieter Schnebel, Hanna Hartman and Islam Chipsy & EEK.

Øyvind Torvund Untitled School/Mud Jam/Campfire Tunes 201425

Requiem for Reality

LCMF

19:00, Thursday 17 December 2015
Ambika P3 (external link)
University of Westminster
35 Marylebone Road, NW1 5LS London
United Kingdom

Mark Knoop performs two solos as part of this examination of Post-Internet Art, sometimes labelled the New Aesthetic. Whatever the name, there’s no doubt that the internet has scrambled the way we think, see and listen. Yet if art has placed this new paradigm at its heart, we are only now beginning to distil what it means for musical composition. Also performances by Felicita, James Ferraro , Nick Goodwin, Neele Hülcker and Jennifer Walshe.

Milton Babbitt Reflections 197510
Brigitta Muntendorf Public Privacy #2 201310
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