Tuesday 16 August 2022

Pushing the boundaries: from an (anti-)opera to a classical/jazz collaborative reinterpretation of Schumann, Britten Pears Arts' Festival of New

Alex Ho and Julia Cheng's Untold
Alex Ho and Julia Cheng's Untold

Britten Pears Arts' Festival of New returns to Snape Maltings from 8 to 10 September 2022 with ten performances all developed during Britten Pears Arts residences. There is opera from Laura Bowler and Laura Lomas with The Blue Woman, a coproduction between the Royal Opera and Britten Pears Arts. And there is (anti-)opera, whatever that is, from Alex Ho and Julia Cheng with Untold, a special, immersive concert performance of a new work that explores transnational Chinese identities and which premieres in 2023 at Flemish Opera.

Singer Claire Booth joins forces with classical pianist Alisdair Hogarth and jazz-pianist Jason Rebello to  explore the frontiers of jazz and classical music as they re-interpret Schumann’s song-cycle Frauenliebe und -leben. Inspired by her lifelong fascination with electronic music, mezzo-soprano Lotte Betts-Dean sings works for amplified solo voice with electronics and tape from Luigi Nono's ground-breaking 1964 piece La fabbrica illuminata to new works by Mathis Saunier, Stuart MacRae and Linda Buckley. Explore Ensemble combines music and video in new and recent works commissioned since 2020, including works by Joanna Bailie and Neil Luck, plus Lawrence Dunn’s immense Suite.  Balladeste string duo, comprising cellist-composer Tara Franks, violinist-composer Preetha Narayanan, joins with electronic musician/sound engineer Alex Bonney to create an intimate, improvised sonic installation exploring deep listening, stillness and trust.

Other performers pushing the boundaries of their art include Suffolk-based artist Laura Cannell, deaf performance artist, choreographer and British Sign Language Art Guide Chisato Minamimura, Evadney who uses song, electronics and live visuals to create a projection mapping music performance, musician, producer, DJ and broadcaster Nabihah Iqbal, and Rave jazz ensemble Join the Din and dancer Chiara Corradi.

Full details from the Britten Pears Arts website.

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