Wednesday 20 July 2022, 8pm

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THE WIRE 40: APARTMENT HOUSE PLAY AND MUSIC

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The first issue of The Wire was published in summer 1982. To mark its 40th anniversary, throughout July the magazine is hosting a series of live events in London, Bristol, Brighton, Manchester, Glasgow, Chicago, and online.

For this Cafe Oto residency, The Wire’s publisher/director Tony Herrington has assembled a programme based on the editorial philosophy that was encapsulated in the strapline on the cover of that first issue: Jazz, Improvised Music, And….

The second night of the residency features a three hour recital by Apartment House performing a series of works that stretch back over 60 years of experimental and contemporary music practice.

Drawing the dots between the black avant garde, minimalist outsiders, Fluxus radicals and composing improvisors, the recital will roller coaster through the hyper-concrète music of Michael von Biel, a rare Derek Bailey notated work, Terry Jennings’s hermetic jewel-like string quartet, Tony Conrad’s hillbilly tuning stomp, Anthony Braxton’s gnomic miniatures, Ben Patterson’s string soundings, Henning Christiansen’s minimal demonstrations, Yoko Ono’s fruitful-textual haiku, and Clark Coolidge’s spoken word-text-sound constructions. 

The Wire 40

The Wire’s Cafe Oto residency is part of a series of events programmed by the magazine to mark its 40th anniversary at venues in London, Bristol, Brighton, Manchester, Glasgow, Chicago, and online. Artists appearing at the events include People Like Us, Helena Celle, No Home, Hannah Catherine Jones, Venus Ex Machina, Teresa Winter, UnicaZürn, :zoviet*france:, FM Einheit, Blectum From Blechdom, Apartment House, Black Top, Sarah Angliss, Kemper Norton, Hamid Drake, Ikue Mori, Aaron Dilloway, plus screenings of Neptune Frost by Saul Williams & Anisia Uzeyman, films on Éliane Radigue and William Burroughs, and concerts exploring the legacies of The Scratch Orchestra, AMM and Spontaneous Music Ensemble. Tickets for all events are going on sale in May. To get updates on all The Wire’s 40th anniversary events, including ticketing information and programme announcements, follow The Wire on Twitter and Instagram: @thewiremagazine; Facebook; and sign up to its Weekly newsletter at thewire.co.uk/newsletters

Apartment House

The group, created by cellist Anton Lukoszevieze in 1995, has been captivating audiences with performances of avant-garde and experimental music all over the World, from Moscow to Vancouver and from Barcelona to Vilnius. Recent performances further afield include tours of Russia, Canada and a nine-concert series in Melbourne, Australia.

The ensemble has been a firm fixture on the British concert scene, with regular performances at Café Oto and a recent residency at the Wigmore Hall. Apartment House is the most frequently featured UK ensemble in the history of the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and its 2011 concert of music by John Cage sold out the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre. The ensemble has made a substantial number of live and studio recordings for BBC Radio 3 as well as live recordings for many European stations including Danish Radio DR, Swedish Radio 2, WDR Cologne, ORTF Austria, Radio France and Deutschlandfunk, Berlin.

Over the past 20 years or so it has championed music by emerging or undeservedly little-known composers and has commissioned over 100 new works. Highlights along the way include Jennifer Walshe’s radical ‘Barbie’ opera XXX_LIVE_NUDE_GIRLS!!!, with performances in six countries, and Saskia Moore’s Dead Symphony, a fusion of social documentary, art, biological science and music on near death experiences. Notable portrait events have featured composers Christian Wolff, Luc Ferrari, Alison Knowles, Christopher Fox, Vitalija Gloivackyte, Laurence Crane, Helmut Oehring, Claudia Molitor, David Behrman, Jobina Tinnemans and Richard Ayres.

Unusually for a new music ensemble, Apartment House is equally at home at classical music venues (Wigmore Hall, Southbank Centre), crossover venues (Cafe Oto), art galleries (Serpentine Galleries, Turner Contemporary, Whitechapel Gallery) and international festivals (HCMF, MaerzMusik, Wien Modern, Ultima, Witten New Music Days), demonstrating its appeal to a wide range of audiences.

Over the years Apartment House has gradually increased its recording output, focusing on key releases by experimental composers such as George Maciunas and Laurence Crane, which received widespread acclaim (‘compellingly beautiful’ The Guardian). The group recently began a long term relationship with the UK label Another Timbre, releasing albums of music by Joseph Kudirka, James Saunders, Chiyoko Slavnics, Linda Catlin Smith and Martin Arnold.

www.apartmenthouse.co.uk

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