Tuesday 1 May 2018, 7.30pm
Fresh Klang: Serge Vuille, solo percussion, performs a new work by Alice Jeffreys
Loré Lixenberg performs Conlon Nancarrow’s Study for Player Piano No. 31
Naomi Sato (solo shō)
Dawn Bothwell (synth, looper & delay pedals, telephone, voice)
Rhodri Davies (harps, baglama cura, guitar, voice)
Richard Dawson (bass)
Sally Pilkington (keyboard, synth, voice)
Hen Ogledd is Dawn Bothwell, Rhodri Davies and Richard Dawson.
Originally formed as DAWSON-DAVIES: HEN OGLEDD by avant folk savant Richard Dawson and improvised harp pioneer Rhodri Davies, they’ve dropped the surnames and become a trio with the addition of Dawn Bothwell, who also performs altered electronic torch songs as Pentecostal Party.
It’s been a transformative move, Dawson playing guitar, iPad and a panoply of tabletop knickknacks, Davies cleaving new spaces open with his blazing harp splutterations, with Bothwell’s sweet and sour voice and electronics taking the three of them down unexplored avenues littered with hypnotic diversions and long moments of delirium.
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.
Conlon Nancarrow (October 27, 1912 – August 10, 1997) was an American-born composer who lived and worked in Mexico for most of his life. He became a Mexican citizen in 1956.
Nancarrow is best remembered for his studies for player piano, being one of the first composers to use auto-playing musical instruments, realising their potential to play far beyond human performance ability. He lived most of his life in relative isolation, and did not become widely known until the 1980s.
“This music is the greatest discovery since Webern and Ives… something great and important for all music history! His music is so utterly original, enjoyable, perfectly constructed but at the same time emotional…for me it’s the best of any composer living today.” – György Ligeti (in a letter to Charles Amirkhanian)
“Conlon’s music has such an outrageous, original character that it is literally shocking. It confronts you. Like Emerson said of Thoreau, ‘We have a new proposition.” – John Cage (from On Conlon Nancarrow, Eva Soltes)
“The stuff is fantastic… You’ve got to hear it. It’ll kill you.” – Frank Zappa (from Musician, with Dan Forte).
Naomi Sato (Tokyo Japan 1975) graduated from the saxophone class of Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music in 1998. She finished 2nd phase saxophone studying at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam in 2002.
She studied improvisation and composition at Conservatorium van Amsterdam.
Naomi is the Semi Finalist of the 2nd International Adolphe Sax Concours in Dinant(1998), and the 3rd prize winner of Saxophonewettbewerb Gustav Bunke in Hannover(1999). She studied the saxophone with Nobuya Sugawa(Tokyo), Arno Bornkamp(Amsterdam) and Claude Delangle(Paris).
She had played with Philharmonic Orchestra of Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music(Tokyo, Japan), Orcketre de lfAcademie europeenne de musique with Pierre Boulez (Aix-en Provence, Fronce), Ensemble Lucilin (Luxembourg), het Residentie Orkest(The Hague, Netherlands), het Ives Ensemble(Zaandam,Netherlands).
She studied the Sho with Ko Ishikawa at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. She is collaborated with many composers and played with Teo Loevendie (composer, saxophone), Harry Starreveld(Flute), Merlijn Twaalfhoven(composer, viola), Olivier Sliepen (saxophone), Laura Carmichael (Clarinet), Netherlands Vocaal Laboratorium, and Nieuw Ensemble(Amsterdam, Netherlands). She has given chamber music concerts in Japan, Netherlands, France, Germany, Denmark and Luxembourg with member of her chamber music grope Duo X Project, improvisation trio Karooshi(Sax, Harp, Contra Bass), and Vlinder Vangers( sho + electronics). And she gave lecture concerts about eMusic scene in Amsterdam through Japanese traditional musicf in Conservatorium van Amsterdam(2000), North Eastern University(2005) and UM Dartmouth(2005).
Alice Jeffreys is a composer of acoustic music. Alice is currently studying for a PhD in Composition at City, University of London, with Newton Armstrong, exploring emergent temporal paradoxes in listening.