Sunday 13 August 2017, 7.30pm
Apartment House present a heady cocktail of experimental work covering 55 years, with new work from Polish innovators Robert Piotrowicz and Michal Libera. Film work by Scottish film maker Margaret Tait, music by Eleanor Cully, performance art by Alison Knowles and a new collaborative performance of Toshi Ichiyanagi's seminal graphic score from the sixties, IBM for Merce Cunnigham by Luke Fowler and Anton Lukoszevieze.
Organised in collaboration with the Adam Mickiewicz Institute as part of the Polska Music Programme.
Eleanor Cully - photo by Phil Maguire
George Brecht Symphony No. 5 (realisation Michal Libera)
Robert Piotrowicz Mewo Pan (premiere)
Margaret Tait Colour Poems (16mm film)
Luke Fowler For Christian'(16mm film)
Eleanor Cully Movements in Two Positions (premiere)
Alison Knowles #10a Variation #1 on #10
Toshi Ichiyanagi IBM for Merce Cunningham (realisation Luke Fowler and Anton Lukoszevieze)
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.