Tuesday 6 September 2022, 8pm

APARTMENT HOUSE RESIDENCY: KARLHEINZ STOCKHAUSEN RE-IMAGINED + WORKS BY RYOKO AKAMA, ADRIAN DEMOC, JOHN LELY & JORDAN DYKSTRA

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Apartment House re-visit the ‘intuitive music’ that Karlheinz Stockhausen composed at the height of his fame in the late 1960’s and early 70’s. Short text scores, often with a mystical bent, which at the time were interpreted by Stockhausen’s own all-male ensemble. Tonight the pieces are re-interpreted by a predominantly female ensemble in the context of four very recent works by contemporary composers Adrian Demoč, Ryoko Akama, John Lely, and Jordan Dykstra, whose new work is receiving its premiere. The evening is genuinely ‘experimental’ in that Apartment House don’t know if the juxtaposition will work, or if Stockhausen’s pieces will still feel interesting or relevant 50 years on.

Adrian Demoč ‘Ma fin est mon commencement’
Karlheinz Stockhausen ‘Bird of Passage’
Jordan Dykstra new piece
John Lely ‘Nocturne’
Karlheinz Stockhausen ‘Japan’
Ryoko Akama ‘melody’

Apartment House

The group, created by cellist Anton Lukoszevieze in 1995, has been captivating audiences with performances of avant-garde and experimental music 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.

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