Saturday 9 May 2020, 7.30pm

Roger Eno + Melaine Dalibert

Delighted to welcome Roger Eno back to OTO after a fantastic show here in 2018, and following the release of Mixing Colours, his debut duo record with his brother, Brian Eno.

Mixing Colours grew over a number of years, with both artists drawing on their long experience as composers, performers and producers. The creative process began with Roger Eno playing individual pieces and recording them using a MIDI keyboard. He then sent digital MIDI files of these recordings to his older brother, who set each piece in its own particular sound world, by revising and manipulating its content. Their exchange developed an effortless dynamic as the project unfolded.

Mixing Colours creates bridges between the music’s past and future. Roger’s compositions evoke the yearning melodic style of late Schubert while Brian’s sound design draws from his ground-breaking conceptual work with electronic music and lifelong fascination with the creative potential of new media. Over the past half century, he notes, the pop world has developed electronic music’s enormous possibilities to create previously unimagined sound colours and instrumental timbres.

Roger Eno

Having begun his recording career by working on David Lynch's ‘Dune’ with his brother Brian, BAFTA nominated Roger Eno has heard his music appear in such films as Danny Boyle's multi award winning ‘Trainspotting’, Adrian Lynes ‘9 1/2 Weeks’ and John Maybury's ‘The Jacket’.

Having decided very early on in his career to concentrate on music which creates atmosphere rather than dominates, Roger Eno's output is found to be ideal for visuals - his work in the theatre testifies to this, having been selected by Trevor Nunn to compose music for that director's highly acclaimed production of Harold Pinter's ‘Betrayal’ at the National Theatre, London.

When in concert, Eno makes use of 'visual backdrops' to his hauntingly sparse piano pieces, creating a seductive blend of moods which envelope the listener/viewer. In his installations he uses a chance method of composition, creating through a very simple process an ever changing musical texture.

He has exhibited such work at Tate Britain, Aldeburgh Fringe Festival and Kosice Festival in Slovakia, a Nocturnal Museum and isolated Medieval Churches.

In his role as band member, Roger Eno has shared the stage with such luminaries as Lou Reed, Jarvis Cocker, Macy Gray, Shane McGowen, Marianne Faithfull and Beck. He has recorded with the likes of David Gilmour, Peter Hammill and Tim Robbins, for whom he has acted as musical director.

Melaine Dalibert

Melaine Dalibert (born 1979) is a french pianist and composer. After studying in Rennes and Paris conservatories he actively engaged in contemporary creation in parallel of a large classical repertory production. He plays world premieres from Gérard Pession, Giuliano D'Angiolini, Michael-Vincent Waller, Tom Johnson, and many others, in solo, with chamber ensemble and orchestra, in Europe and in the USA.

Besides his career as a performer, Melaine Dalibert worked on an algorithms based composition system. His pieces mainly for piano are built on a minimal sound approach to spotlight their own development processes.

Close to visual arts, he collaborated with Véra Molnar, François Morellet and Marcel Dinahet. His body of work has been performed in many art centers by Nicolas Horvath, Reiner Van Houdt among others, broadcasted on great radio channels (BBC, KBCS, France Musique, RTBF...) and is available on Another Timbre and Elsewhere Music labels.