New Music Biennial

July 27, 2014 in by mwhiteside


Event Details


All events are free and unticketed and are in and around Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall

Samuel Bordoli/Tête à Tête
Aug  1 & 2 2014  on video  Outside/Foyer Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Samuel Bordoli: Grind Commissioned by Tête à Tête Grind blends skateboarding and choral singing. Tête à Tête and composer Samuel Bordoli team up with skaters and community choirs to make a real noise in London, Aberdeen and Glasgow.
Broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Saturday 12 July

Jez Colborne/Mind the Gap
Aug  1 2014  18:00  and Aug  2  12.00PM  Outside/Foyer Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Jez Colborne: Gift
Jez Colborne: Gift for percussion ensemble
A gift arrives. What’s inside? Curious? Then follow talented learning-disabled composer Jez Colborne on a musical odyssey to discover what it means to be gifted. Accompany Jez to the very heart of music-making within a shipping container. A Trojan gift, a makeshift musical instrument. Guaranteed to make your senses tingle.
Broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Saturday 9 August

Lau/Celtic Connections Festival
Aug  1 2014  18:30  Main Auditorium Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Lau: The Bell That Never Rang
Lau Folk Trio; Elysian String Quartet
Lau Folk Trio: The bell that never rang for folk trio & string quartet
Folk musicians Lau and the Elysian Quartet find common ground.
Although the two groups come from very different musical worlds, both share a love for exploration and experimentation.
This piece is a celebration of Glasgow; the title refers to the verse attached to Glasgow’s coat of arms, relating to the deeds of St Mungo.
Broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Saturday 9 August

Luke Styles/Juice Vocal Ensemble
Aug  1 2014  19:30  Strathclyde Suite Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Luke Styles: The Girls Who Wished to Marry Stars
Juice, vocal ensemble; Tangent; 3 dancers to be announced
Luke Styles: The Girls Who Wished to Marry Stars
This theatrical new work by Luke Styles will feature experimental vocal trio Juice and Trish Clowes’ jazz/classical ensemble Tangent, performing alongside three live dancers.  Blurring the boundaries between dancer and musician, this evocative piece retells a Native Canadian folk tale in a playful and dynamic way.
Broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Saturday 12 July

Yann Seznec/Edinburgh Art Festival
Aug  1 2014  20:30  Green Room Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Yann Seznec: Currents
Yann Seznec, artist, musician
New work (sound installation & performance) (New Music Biennial 2014, commissioned by Edinburgh Festival)
Yann Seznec’s composition explores ideas of distance, data, modern convenience and memory.
Created from hundreds of fans controlled by real-time weather data, and drawing on wind conditions in South Africa, New Zealand, England, Canada and India, it offers a portrait, at once accurate and abstract, of the Commonwealth.
Broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Saturday 12 July

David Okumu/Shingai Shoniwa/ Serious
Aug  1 2014  21:30  Main Auditorium Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
David Okumu & Shingai Shoniwa: Stars Align
A new vocal work by Shingai Shoniwa (Noisettes) and acclaimed singer-songwriter, musician and producer David Okumu.
Inspired by their shared African heritage and working with David Okumu’s band The Invisible, David Okumu and Shingai Shoniwa perform with SoundSational directed by Jane Wheeler, crossing cultures and responding to the youthful energy of the Commonwealth.
Broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Saturday 9 August

Stephen Montague/sound festival
Aug  2 2014  12:30  Green Room Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Stephen Montague: Tales from the Commonwealth
Red Note Ensemble
Stephen Montague: Tales from the Commonwealth for 6 musicians & narrator
Stephen Montague creates a new children’s work for six musicians and narrator.
The work is commissioned by Sound, Red Note Ensemble and Woodend Barn.
It’s based on tales sent in by children from different countries across the Commonwealth, rewritten by award-winning playwright Zinnie Harris.
Broadcast on BBC Radio 3 between 7-13 July

Alistair Anderson/Sage Gateshead
Aug  2 2014  13:00  Main Auditorium Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Alistair Anderson: Panning for Gold
Alistair Anderson, accordion; Wendy Doyle, steel pans; Adam Cogdon, DJ; Laura Connolly, clog dancer
Alistair Anderson: Panning for gold for accordion, DJ, clog dancer & steel pan band A unique musical collaboration between one of the UK’s most talented Steel Pan musicians, the world’s most respected English concertina player, a DJ, clog dancer and youth steel bands from the UK and the West Indies. This project will create high impact performances both in the UK and Trinidad.
Broadcast on BBC Radio 3 between 7-13 July

Gwilym Simcock/City of London Sinfonia
Aug  2 2014  13:30  Strathclyde Suite Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Gwilym Simcock: On a Piece of Tapestry
City of London Sinfonia; Michael Collins, conductor, clarinet
Gwilym Simcock: On a piece of tapestry for clarinet, speaker, jazz trio & strings
A new commission fusing the worlds of classical music and jazz.
This distinctive new work for clarinet, strings, jazz trio and speaker celebrates the virtuosity of City of London Sinfonia Principal Conductor and Clarinettist Michael Collins.
The project brings together some of the UK’s most exceptional musical talents.
Part of ‘Beyond the Premiere’ series with Orchestras Live. Additional support from RVW Trust.
Broadcast on BBC Radio 3 between 7-13 July

David Sawer/Onyx Brass
Aug  2 2014  14.15  Outside Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
David Sawer: Bronze and Iron
Onyx Brass
David Sawer: Bronze and iron for brass quintet
Celebrating the group’s 21st birthday, the acclaimed Onyx Brass presents an exciting commission for brass quintet by composer David Sawer in over twenty informal and free outdoor performances across Britain’s historic bandstands, outdoor festivals and public spaces. The project will bring contemporary music out of the concert hall and on to the village green.
Broadcast on BBC Radio 3 between 4-7 August

Dobrinka Tabakova/The Royal Philharmonic Society
Aug  2 2014  14.45  Main Auditorium Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Dobrinka Tabakova: PULSE
Dobrinka Tabakova: Pulse – film score for piano, percussion & gamelan
The RPS brings Dobrinka Tabakova’s youthful classical music out of the concert hall.
Her work is complemented by Ruth Paxton’s bold film-making. PULSE is a film about the energy and diversity of life in a modern city, unearthing the driving forces behind the mix of international societies and cultures.
Broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Saturday 9 August

Arlene Sierra/INTER/actions Festivals
Aug  2 2014  15:45  Strathclyde Suite Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Arlene Sierra: Urban Birds
Clare Hammond, piano; Xenia Pestova, piano; Kathleen Supové, piano
Arlene Sierra: Urban birds for 3 pianos, electronics, sampled birdsong & percussion
Arlene Sierra’s Urban Birds brings together three international soloists.
This musical tour de force is written for three pianos with electronics, sampled birdsong, and percussion.
The new work combines spectacle with refined classical keyboard artistry, juxtaposing harmony, rhythmic drive, and sounds from nature.
Broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Saturday 12 July

Matthew Herbert/Third Ear Music
Aug  2 2014  16:45  Green Room Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Matthew Herbert: 20 Pianos
Composer Matthew Herbert tells the stories of twenty unique pianos from around the world. From Steinways at famous locations to forgotten out-of-tune family pianos. Matthew will sample each piano, document it in photographs, and record short oral histories. The composition, for solo pianist, will be played on a simple table, turned into a virtual piano through bespoke soft/hardware created by the Radiophonic Workshop.
Broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Saturday 9 August

 

Andy Scott/Foden’s Brass Band
Aug  2 2014  17.00  Main Auditorium Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Andy Scott: A Child Like You
Foden’s Brass Band; Anna-Clare Monk, soprano; Lauren Scott, harp; Lemn Sissay, voice
Andy Scott: A Child Like You for 3 vocalists & brass band
A Child Like You depicts the real life story of a 17-year old Ugandian Asian who fled Uganda in 1972, under the brutal regime of Idi Amin, and who subsequently lived with the family of composer Andy Scott, via UK refugee camps. Andy has composed music and lyrics that are powerful and thought-provoking, producing a 15-minute mini-opera that features soprano/narrator Anna-Clare Monk, harpist Lauren Scott, the world famous Foden’s Brass Band (with whom Andy is Composer in Residence) and four young musicians from Foden’s Youth Band who both play and narrate.
Broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Saturday 12 July

Niraj Chag/artsdepot
Aug  2 2014  18:00  Strathclyde Suite Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Niraj Chag: You Run on Tracks, Not Roads
In East Africa the building of the rail road by the British Empire sent thousands on a journey across continents. Niraj will explore his own cultural heritage from India through Uganda to the streets of the UK, playing with the musical language of three diverse cultures.
Broadcast on BBC Radio 3 between 4-7 August

Errollyn Wallen/Mr McFall’s Chamber
Aug  2 2014  19:00  Green Room Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Errollyn Wallen: Are you worried about the rising cost of funerals?’ a song cycle for soprano and string quartet.
Wallen’s song cycle features many different characters in music that is distinctly bluesy and captures the lively atmosphere of a Caribbean township. It was originally commissioned by the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and has been recorded on the album The Girl in My Alphabet.
The performance also features chamber music from Cuba and songs by Purcell.
Broadcast on BBC Radio 3 between 4-7 August

Akwasi Mensah/Jazz re:freshed
Aug  2 2014 19.15 Main Auditorium Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Akwasi Mensah: The Dynamics of Perception
Akwasi Mensah; Ayanna Witter-Johnson; Oli Saville; Alex Bonfanti; Nathan Allen; Kaidi Tatham
Akwasi Mensah: The Dynamics of Perception – film score for 9-piece band
Filmmaker Bunny Bread weaves a tale of guilt and innocence from three distinct perspectives.
The accompanying live score guides each unique telling of the story, as Akwasi Mensah explores how dynamics in music can be used to manipulate the emotions of an audience.
Broadcast on BBC Radio 3 between 7-13 July

Matheu Watson & Luke Daniels/Gael Music
Aug  2 2014  20:15  Strathclyde Suite Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Matheu Watson & Luke Daniels: New World Drovers
Ceri Rhys Matthews, musician; Ceri Owen Jones, harp; Matheu Watson; Luke Daniels; Patsy Reid; James Fagan; Mac Morin
M. Watson: & Luke Daniels: New world drovers for folk quartet with projection
Matheu Watson and Luke Daniels create new music inspired by the long-vanished trade of Scottish cattle-droving.
The piece explores the many drove roads or tracks set deeply into the Scottish countryside, its hardy highland cattle drovers and their wider connections to the New World.
Featuring musicians Ceri Owen Jones and Ceri Rhys Matthews.
Broadcast on BBC Radio 3 between 4-7 August

Mary Ann Kennedy/Watercolour Music
Aug  2 2014  21.30  Main Auditorium Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Mary Ann Kennedy and Scott Macmillan: Aiseag
Strings of Scottish Festival Orchestra; Inverness Gaelic Choir
Mary Ann Kennedy and Scott Macmillan: Aiseag (The Ferryboat) for 7 musicians, string orchestra & chorus
Commissioned by Watercolour Music Aiseag (The Ferryboat) is connection. A lifelong fascination creates a journey between the Highlands and Canada’s Gaelic diaspora. Electronica and found sound, Cape Breton and Scottish Highland musicians, a Gaelic choir and a Glasgow string section all aboard with composers Mary Ann Kennedy and Scott Macmillan, audio designer Nick Turner and poet, Aonghas MacNeacail.
Broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Saturday 9 August

Piers Hellawell/Moving on Music
Aug  2 2014  21:45  Strathclyde Suite Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Piers Hellawell: Sound Carvings, Strange Tryst
Matthew Bourne, piano; Steve Davis, drums; Dave Kane, double bass
Piers Hellawell: Sound carvings, strange tryst for piano, drums & double bass
Avant-garde composer Piers Hellawell and zany improvising virtuosi Bourne Davis Kane share a space.
The goal is music created by all of them.
Both parties leave behind established writing methods to learn from one another, undermining assumptions about the improvising and notation of music.
Broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Saturday 12 July