My piece "The Garden of Listening" for ensemble is going to be performed at the ICA for Trinity Laban's Parallax 05. Join us on Friday the 6th of February! You can find more information and tickets in the links below.
The Garden of Listening is a musical environment that works as an installation of fixed short duration with live performers. Set up as an exhibition of sounds and the performers creating them, it invites the audience to move through the space, choosing which of these "exhibits" to observe and for how long. Moving through the Garden this way - much like a bee travelling from flower to flower - each audience member follows a different path and receives a personalised experience of the performance.
Parallax 05: Trinity Laban Composers at the ICA
The Trinity Laban Research and Composition Departments showcase an evening of new and recent compositions by current Trinity Laban research students and staff at the ICA.
This project is the 5th in a series of performances whose theme renders the idea of the "parallax" – the separation of two points between which no synthesis or mediation is possible – in musical form. We will be combining compositions in a single evening event with incommensurate aesthetic positions where no common ground is possible. Yet it is precisely via the dialectical tension of such work that new syntheses become possible.
Trinity Laban Research Degree Programme students and staff composers were invited to submit pieces according to radically different traditions: either a Lachenmann-esque deconstruction of instruments or ensembles into timbre and noise, or a more ‘conventional’ harmonic approach in which the ensemble is treated as a more sonorous whole, following concepts often associated with minimalism or neo-classicism.
The evening will consist of a live evening concert in the Theatre featuring performances of notated compositions for acoustic instruments performed by the Trinity Laban Contemporary Music Group (CMG). The live pieces will include diverse combinations of improvisational, live-electronic, electroacoustic and theatrical approaches.
From 6pm: Sound installation pieces
Arrive early to hear sound installation pieces, including fixed-media electroacoustic works and live electronic performance, which will run continuously from 6pm in the ICA Bar, by Guy Harries, Paul Newland, Dominic Murcott and Will Dutta.
7.30-10 pm: Live evening performance
The evening will consist of a live evening concert in the Theatre featuring performances of notated compositions for acoustic instruments performed by the Trinity Laban Contemporary Music Group. The live pieces will include diverse combinations of improvisational, live-electronic, electroacoustic and theatrical approaches.
Sam Hayden – Abstraction – for piano and ensemble
Gwyn Pritchard – Tide – for solo piano
Jonathan Firth – Selections from Peaks – for ensemble
Ailie Robertson – Parallax – for ensemble
Douglas Finch – Ucluelet – for solo piano
Edward Jessen – Rood Positions – for amplified string quartet, theatrical figure & aux. audio
Andreas Papapetrou – The Garden of Listening – for ensemble