Saturday 9 February 2019, 7.30pm

STEREO SPASMS FESTIVAL: Xenia Pestova performs Collection de petites pièces + Steve Beresford Ensemble (Áine O’Dwyer, Tania Chen, David Toop, Thurston Moore, Steve Beresford) perform Etudes d'improvisation

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XENIA PESTOVA

Collection de petites pièces - 36 Enfilades pour piano et magnétophone
Collection of small pieces or 36 strings for piano and tape recorder (1984-85) —45 minutes. Premiered: Montpellier Festival International de Radio France, Jardin de la DRAC, 27 juil. 1985.

“No sooner have they started and are already over. Sometimes, they don’t even start, they have no beginning. So, is this a suite? Maybe it’s theatre. Is it that old dream — to never finish, or to always start over again? In the end, all those small pieces form a whole one...” – Luc Ferrari

Association PRESQUE RIEN [La Museen Circuit MEC 01 (vinyle), CD La Muse en Circuit – Musidisc 242232 ED13171 – 2004]

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Xenia Pestova

“an uncompromising artist” – Textura

“one of the leading performers of contemporary, non-conformist music” – HisVoice

Described as “a powerhouse of contemporary keyboard repertoire” (Tempo), “stunning” (Wales Arts Review), “ravishing” (Pizzicato) and “remarkably sensuous” (New Zealand Herald), pianist Xenia Pestova’s performances and recordings have earned her a reputation as a leading interpreter of uncompromising repertoire of her generation. Pestova’s commitment and dedication to promoting music by living composers led her to commission dozens of new works and collaborate with major innovators in contemporary music. Her widely acclaimed recordings of core piano duo works of the Twentieth Century by John Cage and Karlheinz Stockhausen are available on four CDs for Naxos Records. Her evocative solo debut of premiere recordings for the Innova label titled “Shadow Piano” was described as a “terrific album of dark, probing music” by the Chicago Reader. She is the Director of Performance at the University of Nottingham, and continues to mentor emerging musicians in workshops at conservatories and universities around the UK, Europe, Canada, New Zealand, USA and Brazil. 

Steve Beresford

Steve Beresford has been a central figure in the British and international spontaneous music scenes for over forty years, freely improvising on the piano, electronics and other things with people like Derek Bailey, Evan Parker, Han Bennink, John Zorn and Alterations (with David Toop, Terry Day and Peter Cusack).

He has written songs, written for large and small ensembles, and scored short films, feature films, TV shows and commercials. He was part of the editorial teams of Musics and Collusion magazines, writes about music in various contexts and was a senior lecturer in music at the University of Westminster. With Blanca Regina, he is part of Unpredictable Series, which produces events and sound and video recordings of experimental music and art.

Steve has worked with Christian Marclay on numerous Marclay mixed media pieces. He has also worked with The Slits, Najma Akhtar, Stewart Lee, Ivor Cutler, Prince Far-I, Alan Hacker, Tania Chen, Ray Davies, Mandhira De Saram, The Flying Lizards, Zeena Parkins, Satoko Fukuda, The Portsmouth Sinfonia, Ilan Volkov, Rachel Musson, Vic Reeves, Sarah Gail Brand, Lore Lixenberg and many others.

Beresford has an extensive discography as performer, arranger, free-improviser, composer and producer, and was awarded a Paul Hamlyn award for composers in 2012.

http://www.efi.group.shef.ac.uk/mberes.html