Tuesday 13 September 2016, 8pm
Mark Knoop / piano
Aisha Orazbayeva / violin
Bridget Carey / viola
Anton Lukoszevieze / cello
Morton Feldman (1926-1987) Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello
Written in 1987 Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello is Morton Feldman’s last composition and lasts approximately one hour and fifteen minutes. This is a second London performance of the piece since 1999.
“…everything you do, and everything I do, I feel is essentially not mine. Everything is a found object. I mean, I didn’t invent the major 6th. I didn’t invent a minor 7th. When I hear these things going, how I use them. Watching these found objects. Everything is a found object. Even something that I invent is a found object. You’re dealing with found objects. You’re all amateur Duchamps, and you don’t know it. And in realizing that, you must lose your vested interest in ideas.” – Morton Feldman from his 1984 Darmstadt Lecture
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.
Kazakh violinist & composer Aisha Orazbayeva is renowned for her fearless interpretations of contemporary music and radical approach to old repertoire. She released four critically acclaimed solo albums, with the latest "Music for Violin Alone" described as a "unanimity of head, hearts and hands" by the New Yorker magazine. Together with Mark Knoop she won a Diapason D'Or award for their recording of Morton Feldman's "For John Cage". She has given violin masterclasses at the Royal Academy of Music in London and at the International Darmstadt Summer Course. Aisha's music has been performed at Centre Pompidou in Paris and Wiener Festwochen Festival in Vienna. She has recently become a member of Ictus ensemble in Brussels.
Bridget Carey studied jointly at the Royal Academy of Music and London University, graduating with a Masters degree in Performance in 1987. Since this time she has pursued a varied freelance career based in London, encompassing genres from symphony orchestra to free improvisation. She has developed a particular reputation in the field of new music, where she has premiered new opera with the Almeida ensemble, dance scores with Siobhan Davies Dance company and Ballet Rambert, contemporary classics with Music Projects London and Opus 20, new complexity with Ensemble Expose, experimental music with Apartment House, and new chamber repertoire with the Kreutzer Quartet and Okeanos, among others.
Cellist and inter-disciplinary artist Anton Lukoszevieze is one of the most diverse performers of his generation and is notable for his performances of avant-garde, experimental and improvised music. Anton has given many performances at numerous international festivals throughout Europe and the USA (Maerzmusik, Donaueschingen, Wien Modern, GAS, Transart, Ultima, Issue Project Space, NYC) and BBC Radio 3. Deutschlandfunk, Berlin produced a radio portrait of him in September, 2003. Anton has also performed concerti with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra at the 2001 Aldeburgh festival, the Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, as well as performances with contemporary vocal ensemble Exaudi and King’s College Choir, Cambridge. He is notable for his use of the curved bow (BACH-Bogen), which he is using to develop new repertoire for the cello. From 2005-7 he was New Music Fellow at King’s College, Cambridge and Kettle’s Yard Gallery. Anton is the subject of several films by the renowned artist-filmmaker Jayne Parker. From 2003-14 he was a member of Zeitkratzer and in 2008 made his contemporary dance debut with the Vincent Dance Company in Broken Chords, Dusseldorf in 2008.
Anton has premiered and commissioned new works for cello by a multitude of contemporary composers, including Christopher Fox, Gerhard Staebler, Amnon Wolman, Kunsu Shim, Laurence Crane, Richard Ayres, Phill Niblock, Sven Lyder Karhs, Jennifer Walshe, Claudia Molitor, Rytis Mazulis, Arturas Bumsteinas, Ricardis Kabelis, Juste Janulyte, Richard Emsley, James Saunders, John Lely, Tim Parkinson, Alwynne Pritchard, Peter Eotvos, Egidija Medeksaite, Joseph Kudirka, Benedict Drewe, Bryn Harrison, Joseph Kuirdka, Mathew Adkins. Karkheinz Essl, Simon Waters, Zbigniew Karkowski and Reinhold Friedl.
He is the founder and director of the group Apartment House.