Recent and Upcoming Performances

Everybody do this

Plus Minus Ensemble

Reid School of Music

19:00, Thursday 11 November 2021
Reid Concert Hall
Edinburgh College of Art
EH8 9AG Edinburgh
United Kingdom

Kristine Tjøgersen we should get to know each other 20167
Marta Sniady your only limit is you 201910
James Saunders Everybody do this 201410
Helmut Lachenmann Allegro sostenuto 1986-8835

Real Telepaths

Plus Minus Ensemble

13:00, Monday 15 November 2021
Turner Sims (external link)
Salisbury Road
SO17 1BJ Southampton
United Kingdom

Neil Luck Real Telepaths 202140

Natural World

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12:00, Monday 22 November 2021
St Paul’s Hall
Queensgate
HD1 2RD Huddersfield Yorkshire
United Kingdom

Laurence Crane Natural World 202145

Natural World

music we’d like to hear

12:00, Friday 3 December 2021
St Mary at Hill (external link)
Lovat Lane
EC3R 8EE London
United Kingdom

Lara Agar This Unquiet Autumn 202110
Laurence Crane Natural World 202145

Grisey, Cardini, Crane

Plus Minus Ensemble

19:00, Monday 13 December 2021
Performance Space, City University (external link)
College Building, St John Street
EC1V 0HB London
United Kingdom

Gerard Grisey Anubis, Nout 198310
Giancarlo Cardini Canti Segreti 198913
Laurence Crane Len Valley Us 201410
Laurence Crane Sparling 19925

Ghost Trance Music

Plus Minus Ensemble

19:00, Thursday 17 February 2022
Reid Concert Hall
Edinburgh College of Art
EH8 9AG Edinburgh
United Kingdom

Max Syedtollan Four Assignments 202013
Joanna Bailie He just missed the train 201917
Anthony Braxton Ghost Trance Music 30

Ghost Trance Music

Plus Minus Ensemble

20:00, Friday 18 February 2022
Cafe OTO (external link)
18-22 Ashwin St, Dalston
E8 3DL London
United Kingdom

Max Syedtollan Four Assignments 202013
Joanna Bailie He just missed the train 201917
Anthony Braxton Ghost Trance Music 30

Explorations

Purcell Sessions

18:30, Saturday 2 April 2022
Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall (external link)
Southbank Centre
SE1 8XX London
United Kingdom

The joy of playing with sounds and their associations link the night’s three works. Matthew Shlomowitz (external link) creates a suite of miniatures which develop from musicological concepts into studies, blooming further into highly characterised portraits. Multiple tonalities interact with stumbling cross-rhythms and slipped loops, coming together in a finale of variations. Maverick composer Conlon Nancarrow’s Three Canons, written for the pianist Ursula Oppens, is a virtuoso demonstration of compositional control and fluency. Akiko Ushijima (external link)’s music shares this sense of enjoyment in manipulating material. Rhythmic figures interact and develop. Melodies cascade and distort into each other. Her new work combines the live piano with electronic sounds, each layer playing off the other.

Akiko Ushijima new work 2022*15
Conlon Nancarrow Canon C from Three Canons for Ursula 19886
Matthew Shlomowitz Explorations in polytonality and other musical wonders, Volume 1 202023

48 Variations

Sampler Series

20:00, Wednesday 6 April 2022
L’Auditori: Oriol Martorell (external link)
Lepant 150
08013 Barcelona
Spain

John McGuire is one of the outstanding figures of post-70s music, influenced by his years working in the Westdeutscher Rundfunk electronic music studio in Cologne and by the pioneering experimentalism of the US music scene. His music draws together American experimentalism, total serialism and the world of Karlheinz Stockhausen (external link) to create the fascinating and unmistakable blend that many refer to as “post-minimalism”.

48 Variations for two pianos is a work commissioned by Herbert Henck, constructed on a series of patterns, building up the rhythm over time in a multi-layered structure. A complex, but intimate, universe of sound drawn from a harmonious sound source, immersing the listener in an ecstasy of perceptual uncertainty.

Roderick Chadwick and Mark Knoop, pianos.

John McGuire 48 Variations for Two Pianos 1976-8060
first performance in The United Kingdom
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first performance