Tuesday 9 April 2013

Songs about words

Soprano Juliet Fraser and pianist Mark Knoop are performing a programme of experimental song, Songs without words, at Turner Sims concert hall in Southampton (22 April 2013) and at The Forge in Camden (25 April). The concert includes works by Charles Ives, Mauricio Kagel and Laurence Power, plus a new song-cycle from Matthew Shlomowitz, the London-based Australian composer. He is co-director of the ensemble PlusMinus. The cycle is intriguingly called Songs about words and about the pleasure of misery five songs for soprano and piano. The Kagel pieces include Rrrr… and M.M.51 with Crane's Tour de France Statistics 1903-2003.

As well as performing contemporary music soprano Juliet Fraser is a co-founder of the vocal ensemble Exaudi and a regular member of Collegium Vocale Gent. Pianist and conductor Mark Knoop can be heard further in music for two pianos and percussion in an ensemble with Ian Pace, nick Reed, Tenley Martin and Alistair Zaldua. The programme includes Bartok's Sonata for two pianos and percussion, Brian Ferneyhough's Sonata for two pianos plus music by Matthew Shlomowitz, James Dillon, and Alistair Zaldua. They are performing twice, at the Leeds Contemporary Music weekend on 20 April, and at the Great Hall, Goldsmiths University on 27 April 2013.

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