Wednesday 29 April 2015, 8pm
ACCUMULATION: Premiere of a new work for Amplified String Quartet & Electronics
Following their fruitful first collaboration at Cafe OTO in 2014, Antoine Chessex, Apartment House & Jérôme Noetinger collaborate for the second time to present ACCUMULATION, a new work for amplified string quartet and electronics. Chessex wrote a score for Apartment House featuring dense clusters of acoustic textures treated in real time by Jérôme Noetinger with his analog setup made of two reel-to-reel tape recorders. Electronic accumulations and manipulations by the tape recorders transform the strings into dissonant layers furthermore diffused on a quadrophonic PA and resulting in an intense piece of experimental music.
To complete the evening, Chessex will present yet another side of his works, proposing a solo performance for tenor saxophone and backtape where his repetitive gestures played with circular breathing technique on the tenor saxophone are multiplied by the tape into a multitude of disorienting swarm-like cloud of sonic matter.
The works of Chessex have over the years crossed the boundaries between noise, modern composition, improvisation and electronic music. His compositions are characterized by textural density and tensions often resulting in sound masses addressing the physical dimensions of sounds and spaces.
Gordon MacKay / violin
Hilary Sturt / violin
Bridget Carey / viola
Anton Lukoszevieze / cello
Jérôme Noetinger / reel to reel tape recorders, electronics
Antoine Chessex / composition & live diffusion
Supported by Arts Council England & Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation
Apartment House has been captivating audiences with performances of avant-garde and experimental music for more than 20 years. The group, created by cellist Anton Lukoszevieze in 1995, has performed all over the World, from Moscow to Vancouver and from Barcelona to Vilnius. Recent performances further afield include tours of Russia, Canada and a nine-concert series in Melbourne, Australia.
The ensemble has been a firm fixture on the British concert scene, with regular performances at Café Oto and a recent residency at the Wigmore Hall. Apartment House is the most frequently featured UK ensemble in the history of the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and its 2011 concert of music by John Cage sold out the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre. The ensemble has made a substantial number of live and studio recordings for BBC Radio 3 as well as live recordings for many European stations including Danish Radio DR, Swedish Radio 2, WDR Cologne, ORTF Austria, Radio France and Deutschlandfunk, Berlin.
Over the past 20 years or so it has championed music by emerging or undeservedly little-known composers and has commissioned over 100 new works. Highlights along the way include Jennifer Walshe’s radical ‘Barbie’ opera XXX_LIVE_NUDE_GIRLS!!!, with performances in six countries, and Saskia Moore’s Dead Symphony, a fusion of social documentary, art, biological science and music on near death experiences. Notable portrait events have featured composers Christian Wolff, Luc Ferrari, Alison Knowles, Christopher Fox, Vitalija Gloivackyte, Laurence Crane, Helmut Oehring, Claudia Molitor, David Behrman, Jobina Tinnemans and Richard Ayres.
Unusually for a new music ensemble, Apartment House is equally at home at classical music venues (Wigmore Hall, Southbank Centre), crossover venues (Cafe Oto), art galleries (Serpentine Galleries, Turner Contemporary, Whitechapel Gallery) and international festivals (HCMF, MaerzMusik, Wien Modern, Ultima, Witten New Music Days), demonstrating its appeal to a wide range of audiences.
Over the years Apartment House has gradually increased its recording output, focusing on key releases by experimental composers such as George Maciunas and Laurence Crane, which received widespread acclaim (‘compellingly beautiful’ The Guardian). The group recently began a long term relationship with the UK label Another Timbre, releasing albums of music by Joseph Kudirka, James Saunders, Chiyoko Slavnics, Linda Catlin Smith and Martin Arnold.
2017 saw Apartment House performing in France, Norway, Poland, Denmark, Sweden, Canada and the UK. The group also participated in a large scale research project in collaboration with Huddersfield University, culminating in a full performances of John Cage’s Concert for Piano and Orchestra and a new work by US composer Christian Wolff, commissioned by the Hinrichsen Foundation and the Ernst von Siemens Foundation. As part of Sound and Music’s Embedded scheme, they have also commissioned new works from Polish composers and sound artists Robert Piotrowicz and Michał Libera, recently performed at the Sacrum Profanum Festival in Krakow. They were be resident ensemble at the London Contemporary Music Festival in December, 2017. 2018 sees them giving performances in Berlin (Maerzmusik), Amsterdam, Rome, Warsaw and the UK.
Jérôme Noetinger is one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary electronic music. He founded Cellule D'Intervention Metamkine in 1987, with French cinematographer/performer Christophe Auger and Xavier Quérel. He has collaborated with longtime partner Lionel Marchetti since 1993 and Mathieu Werchowski. Noetinger has performed with Nachtluft, Voice Crack, Tom Cora, Keith Rowe, and avant-improv orchestra MIMEO. He founded and runs the record label and distributor Metamkine (curating its « Cinéma Pour L'Oreille » collection).
Antoine Chessex is a composer, saxophonist and sound artist whose works assume a wide diversity of forms, crossing the boundaries between noise, modern composition, improvisation and electronic music. His live performances are characterized by textural density and microtonal tensions often resulting in sound masses exploring the physical dimensions of spaces. Chessex presents his works worldwide and has collaborated extensively with Zbigniew Karkowski, Valerio Tricoli, Apartment House and Jérôme Noetinger among others. He is a founding member of the noise band Monno.