Sunday 8 May 2016, 8pm
An evening of contemporary music for piano, trombone, text and field recordings.
‘Trombone And Piano Piece’ (2003) - Tim Parkinson
‘Findelkind’ (2004) - Thomas Stiegler
‘A Body To Itself, Joining Others (2)’ (2015) - Rishin Singh
‘Places To Listen (1&2)’ (2014) - Eva-Maria Houben
‘2005(1)’ (2005) - Manfred Werder
Rishin Singh (b.1985, Kuala Lumpur) uses different media to create minimal, sensual and meditative work that invites the audience to concentrate on the simple rhythms of everyday life. He collaborates regularly with Johnny Chang, Konzert Minimal, Eva-Maria Houben and his ensemble 'songs' (lucio capece, rishin singh, derek shirley, stine sterne). He lives in Berlin.
Tim Parkinson (b.1973) consistently pursues an independent path, seeking to engage with whatever it means today to be a functioning composer in the world. His music has been labelled as "reconstructing music from the ground up", and "sounding like nothing else".
His music is mostly performed by a dedicated community of friends and musicians, but he has also written for various groups and ensembles including Plus Minus, Apartment House, [rout], Incidental Music, Dedalus, Edges, Basel Sinfonietta, London Sinfonietta; and for various instrumentalists including Stephen Altoft, Angharad Davies, Rhodri Davies, Julia Eckhardt, Tanja Masanti, Andrew Sparling, Craig Shepard, Silvia Tarozzi, Philip Thomas, Stefan Thut, Deborah Walker. His music has been performed in UK, Europe, USA, Armenia, Australia, New Zealand and Japan. Broadcasts of music have been on BBC Radio 3, Resonance FM, WDR Köln, Schweizer Radio SRF2, NTS, WFMU.
Time With People, an opera, (2012-13) has received performances in London and Huddersfield (2014-15 by Edges), Los Angeles (2015 by Southland Ensemble); Chicago, Oberlin, Ohio and Beloit (2017 by a.pe.ri.od.ic, with set design by Parsons & Charlesworth); Cardiff (2016 by Good News From The Future); New York (2017 by Object Collection); Ghent (2018 by G.A.M.E.); La Chaux-de-Fonds (2018 French language version, translated by Louis d'Heudieres, performed by Nouvel Ensemble Contemporain); Helsinki (2019 multilingual version, at Tulkinnanvaraista); Basel (2020 in French as above, performed again by NEC).
Creative Fellowship at the Samuel Beckett Research Centre 2018-19, resulted in string quartet 2019 enclosed in a box.
He has performed at Tate Modern, Barbican, Cafe Oto, Union Chapel; and at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Tectonics, Borealis, Frontiers, Roadburn, Donaufestival, All Tomorrows Parties, Audiograft, Edinburgh Fringe, Musica Nova, Cut & Splice, Sonorités, RDV de l'Erdre; and with Object Collection, Skögen, Apartment House, Set Ensemble, Incidental Music, Q-02, J.G. Thirlwell, Phill Niblock, Matteo Fargion, Lee Patterson, Angharad Davies, Rhodri Davies, Jürg Frey, Michael Pisaro, Michael Parsons, Gavin Bryars, Joshua Rifkin, Tom Johnson, and Christian Wolff, amongst others. Since 2003 has been regularly performing with composer James Saunders in the lo-fi electronics, auxiliary instrument and any-sound-producing-means duo Parkinson Saunders.
He has organised many public concerts to promote the presence, wealth and variety of present day music exploration, one thread of which is the concert series, Music We'd Like to Hear, co-curated with John Lely and Markus Trunk annually in London since 2005.