Sunday 28 April 2019, 7.30pm
British avant-garde mezzo-soprano Loré Lixenberg joins 2018 British Composers Award nominee Matt London’s eclectic ensemble of musicians; Georgia Cooke (flute), Rebecca Raimondi (violin), Seth Bennett (double bass) and Mark Sanders (drums) presenting imaginative music by living and emerging composers exploring communicative improvisation!
Music by Barry Guy, Lola de la Mata, Seth Bennett, Joanna Ward, James B Wilson, Loré Lixenberg and Matt London.
With support from Arts Council England.
Led by composer saxophonist Matt London Ensemble Entropy is a dynamic new music ensemble / group / band exploring the space between composed contemporary music and free improvisation.
Made up of experienced musicians from these differing practices; Seth Bennett [double bass], Georgia Cooke [flute] and Rebecca Raimondi [violin] are able to explore and blend these musics authentically creating performances that are original and never the same. By setting up an open uninhibited environment we challenge composers to devise pieces exploring the impromptu finding their own solutions.
Gigs / concerts often include featured guests to showcase their talents before joining the ensemble! These include; improvisation piano maverick Matthew Bourne, free improvisation giant Mark Sanders [drums] and electronics inventor Jenn Kirby.
February 2018 saw a large ensemble edition of the group at IKLECTIK named Orchestra Entropy - bringing together 10 improvisers including Sarah Gail Brand, Benedict Taylor, Tom Ward to perform Matt’s extended work RITUALS plus music by Megan Steinberg and Jennifer Walshe.
RITUALS for Orchestra Entropy was shortlisted for a 2018 BASCA British Composer Award in the Jazz Composition for Large Ensemble Category! www.entropymusic.org
Born in the UK, Loré Lixenberg has undertaken composition lessons with Andy Vores, Robert Saxton and John Woolwich and masterclasses with Peter Maxwell Davies, and has studied singing with David Mason, Nicole Tibbels, Elizabeth Soderstrom, Martin Isepp and Galina Vishnevskaya.
Her career began performing in physical theatre with Complicite, working with Simon Mcburney on Out of a House Walked a Man for the National Theatre that used texts by the Soviet writer Daniil Harms. Following this, her work has spanned performances on concert platforms and opera scenes to installations and vocal performances with experimental visual and sound artists (Stelarc, Bruce Mclean, David Toop). She has worked with and performed the works of Georges Aperghis, Bent Sørensen, Helmut Oehring, Mark-Anthony Turnage, György Ligeti, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Beat Furrer, Harrison Birtwistle, Peter Maxwell Davies, Earle Brown, Luc Ferrari, Frederic Acquaviva and Gerald Barry at contemporary music festivals worldwide. She has recently published her first artist book, Memory Maps (Editions AcquAvivA), and her first monographic CD, The afternoon of a phone (£@B). She runs Berlin-based projects + raum with composer Frederic Acquaviva.
Since January 17, 2018, Lixenberg has declared that everything she does is an extension of her voice and singing practice and is therefore to be considered an extended vocal.
Mark has worked with a host of renowned musicians including Derek Bailey, Henry Grimes, Mathew Shipp, Evan Parker, Roswell Rudd, in duo and quartets with Wadada Leo Smith and trios with Charles Gayle with Sirone and William Parker.
In situations using composition Mark works in a number of projects including Christian Marclay’s Everyday for film and live music and John Butcher’s Tarab Cuts - both projects have performed major festivals throughout Europe and Brazil. He has performed works by guitarist John Coxon in Glasgow and Sydney playing with the Scottish and Sydney Symphony Orchestras. With New York’s ICE Ensemble he has performed John Zorn’s The Tempest in London and at Huddersfield New Music Festival.
Mark also works in the groups of Paul Dunmall including Deep Whole Trio with Paul Rogers, and the ensembles of Sarah Gail Brand, including a long-standing duo. He has a lengthy discography including a solo album, has performed internationally and played at major festivals including, Nickelsdorf, Ulrichsburg, Womad and notably at Glastonbury with legendary saxophonist John Tchicai.
"ubiquitous, diverse and constantly creative, drummer Mark Sanders always outdoes himself, whether playing with restraint or erupting like a dynamo." Bruce L Gallenter, Downtown Music Gallery. NY