Recent and Upcoming Performances

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Plus Minus

19:00, Tuesday 18 December 2018
Performance Space, City University (external link)
College Building, St John Street
EC1V 0HB London
United Kingdom

Following recent forays into performative and intermedial work, Plus Minus returns to its roots with a programme of instrumental music with electronics. Four of the most refined and distinctive voices in contemporary music will be featured: Cassandra Miller (external link), Davíð Brynjar Franzson, and City composers Newton Armstrong (external link) and Georgia Rodgers. Each of these composers is concerned, albeit in different ways, with the fundaments of the compositional act and the manner in which sonic materials can be contextualised, processed, layered and transcribed.

Newton Armstrong the way to go out 201612
Georgia Rodgers St. Andrew’s Lyddington 20178
David Franzson ideation #2.1 2018*16
Newton Armstrong thread — surface 201812
Cassandra Miller Traveller Song 201720

A Cold Trip

Miry Lied

20:00, Tuesday 15 January 2019
Miry Concertzaal (external link)
Biezekapelstraat 9
9000 Gent
Belgium

Juliet Fraser and Mark Knoop like to colour outside the lines. Their programme however takes lines very seriously. Just outside the boundaries of harmony Lisa Illean (external link) interweaves three texts by Gerard Manley Hopkins into an intimate composition for voice and tape. Conlon Nancarrow, on the other hand, was fascinated by canons, the interplay of lines par excellence. He was so fascinated that at the time he needed automated pianolas to get his personal brand of hypercomplex polyphony played at all. Lastly, Bernard Lang cycle The Cold Trip traces the silhouette of Schubert’s Winterreise, based on a theme from Purcell’s King Arthur.

Lisa Illean A through-grown earth 201815
Conlon Nancarrow Three Canons for Ursula 198813
Bernhard Lang Monadologie XXXII The Cold Trip part 2 2014/1530

The music of Crane and Oliveros

Camden Arts Centre

19:30, Saturday 9 February 2019
Camden Arts Centre (external link)
Arkwright Road
NW3 6DG London
United Kingdom

As part of an exhibition of the films of Beatrice Gibson, Manuel Zurria, flutes, and Mark Knoop, piano present music by Laurence Crane and Pauline Oliveros (external link); some sharing similar aesthetic and structural characteristics with Gibson’s output and also with the work of Gertrude Stein, on whose screenplay Gibson bases ‘Deux Soeurs Qui Ne Sont Pas Soeurs’. Exploring aspects of portraiture, repetition and duplication — exact and inexact — the music seems in many ways closely aligned to the notion of ‘the copy’ that fascinates Gibson.

Pauline Oliveros Trio for Flute, Piano and Page Turner 196110
Pauline Oliveros Portrait of Manuel Zurria 199310
Laurence Crane Piano Piece No.23 “Ethiopian Distance Runners” 200922
Laurence Crane Gli anni prog 201415
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