Tuesday 3 March 2015, 8pm
Kammer Klang presents works by Georgia Rodgers and Beat Furrer performed by soprano Juliet Fraser, pianist Mark Knoop and tuba player Oren Marshall, and a solo tuba improvisation set by Oren Marshall.
Partial Filter for solo tuba and electronics (2014)
Cut it out for solo piano and electronics (2014)
Voiclessness for solo piano (1986)
Aria for solo voice and ensemble (1999)
Juliet Fraser, voice
Mark Knoop, piano
Oren Marshal, Tuba
Oren Marshall, solo tuba improvisation set
The Hermes Experiment
New piece devised by Lloyd Coleman & The Hermes Experiment
Georgia is studying towards a PhD in Music Composition at City University, London, working part-time under the supervision of Dr Newton Armstrong. She specializes in music for acoustic instrument and electronics, with a particular interest in the construction of space, the perception of sound and the human experience of listening.
Georgia holds a BSc in Physics with Music and an MSc in Digital Composition and Performance, both from the University of Edinburgh. In summer 2014 Georgia will take part in the Sound and Music Higher Education Programme working on a piece for tuba and electronics with Oren Marshall. Georgia also works as an acoustician for a firm of consulting engineers based in Camden. She lives and works (and was born) in north London.
Partial filter for tuba and electronics (9 minutes, 2014): my aim in this piece was to approach the tuba from an unusual angle in order to reveal hidden characteristics and really explore its sound world. I’ve concentrated on the sound made when the player breathes through the tuba without playing a pitch - a filtering of air through the volume of the instrument. Electronic processing techniques are used to magnify these sounds and focus in on the slight changes in grain which occur when the player make tiny adjustments to his breathing. Later we arrive at simple pitched sounds which swell and fill the space, before returning to filtered noise. I value a slow approach to listening. I think that our awareness of the morphology of a sound is heightened when it unfolds gradually.
Cut it out for piano and electronics (9 minutes, 2014) started by recording works for piano which were processed electronically to highlight particular aspects of their sound. These were cut together to create a fixed electronic part which is mixed with the live piano in performance. The live piano part is derived from the scores of the original works with repetition, deviation and extended sustains. Different versions of the same sound combine to present a shifting and fragmentary whole which inhabits multiple acoustic spaces at once.
Beat Furrer was born in Schaffhausen, Switzerland in 1954 and moved to Vienna in 1975. To all intents and purposes he is an Austrian composer.
He studied composition with Roman Haubenstock-Ramati and they developed a close friendship based on mutual esteem which lasted until the older composer’s death in 1994. Thanks to Otmar Suitner, who taught him conducting, Furrer has been in a position to perform works by his professor on a regular basis. He is credited, for example, with the world première of the revised version of Haubenstock-Ramati’s opera Amerika in 1992.
In 1985, Furrer founded the new music ensemble Klangforum Wien, which he led a number of years both as artistic director and conductor. It testifies to his leadership as well as of that of his successors that the ensemble is still going strong and has established itself on the international scene as one of the best groups of its kind world-wide. (Universal Edition)
Oren Marshall is a pioneering player of acoustic tuba and electric tuba who, crossing between classical, jazz, improvised and world music, has collaborated with the likes of Derek Bailey, Charlie Haden, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Moondog, Radiohead, Hermeto Pascoal, The Pan-African Orchestra and the London Philharmonic.
He has played with every major orchestra in London as well as with the Bolshoi Theatre Soloists, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Canadian Ballet. As a member of London Brass (whom he joined in 1987) he has made numerous recordings, toured worldwide several times, played 6 Proms concerts and performed for The Queen, Prince Charles, the German Chancellor, the President of China and The Pope.
Amongst the many Duos Oren has played are performances with Jazz pianist John Taylor, New York Beatboxer Adam Matta, UK Beatboxers Shlomo and Hobbit, Prepared-Piano player Hauschka, Percussionist Evelyn Glennie and multi award-winning vocalist, Bobby Mcferrin.
As a solo artist, Oren has played all over the world and his ground-breaking solo work lead to multiple nominations for the BBC Innovation in Jazz Award.
He has also shared the stage with artists such as Gil Scott Heron, Roy Ayers, Moby, Vinicio Caposella, Murcoff, Tomasz Stanko and Sleepytime Gorilla Museum. He leads and writes for the Charming Transport Band, bringing together master musicians from Ghana and Nigeria and innovators from London’s jazz and improvised music scenes. Oren is currently Head of Brass Studies at Trinity Laban Conservatoire, London and teaches on the Leadership course at the Guildhall School of Music and on the Jazz course at the Royal Academy of Music.
Soprano Juliet Fraser has a repertoire dominated by the very old and the very new. She regularly appearsas a guest soloist with contemporary music ensembles Musikfabrik, Klangforum Wien, Ensemble Modern, Plus-Minus and Talea, and has ongoing partnerships with Quatuor Bozzini and pianist Mark Knoop. She is also a core member of EXAUDI vocal ensemble, which she co-founded with composer/conductor James Weeks. Juliet is an active commissioner of new music and has worked particularly closely with composers Cassandra Miller, Matthew Shlomowitz, Michael Finnissy, Pascale Criton and Rebecca Saunders. She now has an extensive solo discography: her debut disc wasof Morton Feldman’s Three Voices (released on Hat Hut) and her most recent is an album of solo works written for her by Lisa Illean, Sivan Eldar, Nomi Epstein and Lawrence Dunn (released in April 2020 on HCR). Her early music recordings include Renaissance polyphony by Lassus, Vitoria and Byrd with Collegium Vocale Gent and Gesualdo madrigals with EXAUDI. She is the founder and artistic director of the eavesdropping series in London, and co-director with Newton Armstrong and Mark Knoop of all that dust, a new label for new music.
London based pianist and conductor Mark Knoop is known for his fearless performances and individual interpretations. He has commissioned and premiered countless new works and worked with many respected composers, and also brings fresh approaches to the standard and 20th- century repertoire. He is currently Turner Sims Fellow at the University of Southampton.
Mark has appeared throughout Europe, the United Kingdom and Australia and in New Zealand, South Korea, Mongolia, United States of America, Canada and at festivals including the Transit, Ultima, Huddersfield, Spitalfields, Borealis, Lucerne, Spor, Melbourne, and Adelaide Festivals, and the ISCM World Music Days.
He performs with such groups as Plus-Minus (London/Brussels), Letter Piece Company (London/Brussels), musikFabrik (Köln) and Apartment House (London). His recordings of music by John Cage, Richard Beaudoin, and David Lumsdaine have been critically acclaimed.
The Hermes Experiment is an ensemble of four young professional musicians passionate about contemporary and experimental music, inspired to create something innovative and unique.
Based in London, The Hermes Experiment comprises Héloïse Werner (soprano), Oliver Pashley (clarinet), Marianne Schofield (double bass) and Anne Denholm (harp), who met whilst studying music at Cambridge University. Capitalising on their deliberately idiosyncratic combination of instruments, the ensemble performs a variety of experimental compositions and arrangements, as well as venturing into live free improvisation.
The Hermes Experiment seeks to promote contemporary composers, regularly commissioning new works. The ensemble also strives to create a platform for collaboration with other artists, and future plans include a ‘musical exhibition’ with photographer, Thurstan Redding.
The Hermes Experiment are winners of the Nonclassical Battle of the Bands 2014, and took part in the 2014 UK Young Artists Festival in Leicester.