Thursday 18 May 2017, 7.30pm
Plus-Minus Ensemble and guest soprano Juliet Fraser present three recent works. Matthew Shlomowitz’s Popular Contexts series combines recognisable real-world recorded sound with live instrumental music. In Volume 6, with recordings of both the world and the world of music, the sampler joins vibes and kit to expand the sonic and conceptual horizons of a jazz-pop trio. The Cold Trip is part of Bernhard Lang’s ongoing Monadologies cycle, which presents ‘meta-compositions’ based on well-known scores from music history. Part 2, for voice, piano and laptop, deals with the second half of Winterreise, creating palimpsests of Schubert’s original textures. Marko Ciciliani’s Black Horizon was inspired by trips the composer made to the western deserts of the USA. Ciciliani treats the electric guitars as resonant spaces, subdividing the strings to transform each one into a virtual instrument with its own acoustic properties.
Bernhard Lang’s The Cold Trip, part 2 was commissioned by Arts Council England, Berliner Festspiele with support from the Austrian Cultural Forum Berlin, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and Hinrichsen Foundation, with development time by the PRS Foundation For Music.
Matthew Shlomowitz – Popular Contexts, Volume 6 (2013) UK premiere
Trio for vibraphone, drum kit and sampler
1. Saxophone Sequences
2. Basic Bass Patterns
3. Air Drums
4. Chromatic Crowds
Bernhard Lang – The Cold Trip, part 2 (2015) London premiere
A song cycle for piano, voice and laptop
Marko Ciciliani – Black Horizon (2009) UK premiere
Quartet for two table-top electric guitars
Soprano - Juliet Fraser
Piano & Laptop - Mark Knoop
Plus Minus Ensemble
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.
Plus-Minus Ensemble is a London based collective committed to commissioning new work and placing it alongside recent and landmark modern repertoire. Formed in 2003 by Joanna Bailie and Matthew Shlomowitz, +- is distinguished by its interest in performative, electroacoustic and conceptual pieces, and experimental open works such as Stockhausen‘s 1963 classic, from which the group takes its name. +- regularly performs in London at KammerKlang and City University, and has performed at the Borealis (Bergen), Cut and Splice (London), Fundación BBVA (Bilbao), Huddersfield, MaerzMusik (Berlin), Spor (Aarhus), Transit (Leuven) and Ultima (Oslo) festivals/series. This season, +- will perform for the first time in the Sampler Series at l’Auditori (Barcelona) and Klang Festival (Copenhagen).