Tuesday 29 October 2013

November at Kings Place

The Brodsky Quartet performing at Kings Place
The Brodsky Quartet are in residence at Kings Place during November, bringing stories of cities, trees and walls. Scene Norway is also present, so that there are a number of Norwegian themed events. And the Kings Place Bach Unwrapped series continues with transcriptions of Bach played on the viola and on the mandolin. A new orchestra, Geneva Camerata, make their first appearance in the UK two months after their debut performance.

The Brodsky Quartet are in residence at Kings Place from 7-9 November presenting a themed group of concerts Trees, Walls, Cities where they mix Bjork with Purcell, Schubert with Alvaris and Prokofiev with Elvis Costello. They are joined on their journey by vocalist Lore Lixenberg, travelling the world in music, telling stories and confounding expectations. Included in their first programme will be Trees, Walls and Cities, a song cycle comprising of eight songs each from an appropriate city: Derry, London, Utrecht, Berlin, Vienna, Dubrovnik, Nicosia and Jerusalem. Their final programme is centred on Elvis Costello's ballet music Il Sogno (commissioned for Aterballetto) and which the quartet play in an arrangement by Robert Davidson. Davidson's own tongue-in-cheek piece, Three Men and a Blonde written for the quartet's 40th anniversary also features in the programme.

Not So Silent Movies (17/11) will be presenting the worlds greatest silent films with improvised live accompaniment by a band including Norwegian trumpeter Nils Petter Molvaer, live sampling performer Jan Bang (who did a piece for Matthew Barley's Around Britten tour) and cellist-composer Philip Sheppard. There is more film on 1 November when The Finnish Line will be presented; it documents Finnish techo label Sahko Recordins in its mid-90's prime. This is an exclusive UK premiere and a must for anyone interested in techno and experimental music.

Bach Unwrapped in November includes a Bach Study Day - Father, Sons and Holy Ghost which looks at the performance of Bach's music in his lifetime and in the more recent past, as well as Bach today. (23/11). Viola player Maxim Rysanov is joined by friends to play versions of Bach's music for cello and viola da gamba including two of the suites for solo cello (20/11), Robert Levin is playing the English Suites on a harpsichord (21/11), mandolin player Avi Avital joins David Greilsammer and Geneva Camerata for a programme of music by Bach and his family.

The Geneva Camerata were formed less than two months ago and have an inaugural season of over 30 concerts. The group's artistic director is the young Israeli pianist David Greilsammer. Their appearance at Kings Place is part of the group's first European tour, taking in Berlin, Paris and London.

Further information from the Kings Place website.

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