Installation work, 2nd September – 5th November 2017, open 10am-5pm daily
Dr. John Richards (Reader in Music, Leicester Media School, De Montfort University)
Wonky shapes and wrong code
Professor Matt Wright of Music and Performing Arts will present the launch of his new album, ‘Speak Cities’.
At 8pm on Thursday 20th April Canterbury Christ Church University and Extra Normal Records present Philadelphia (US) saxophonist Keir Neuringer and Canterbury (UK) composer Matt Wright‘s Speak Cities CD launch at the university’s high-spec St. Gregory’s Centre for Music. They will be joined by the extraordinary pianist Simon Vincent. You can book tickets (£5, or free for staff and students of the School of Music and Performing Arts) here.
The concept behind Speak Cities stems from Wright’s 2011 Trance Map collaboration with saxophonist, Evan Parker. After Neuringer and Wright’s April 2013 recording session at Brooklyn’s Seizure’s Palace, Wright spent two years assembling the six tracks that make up Speak Cities. The album is more than a studio composition comprising samples of Neuringer’s alto and Wright’s turntables. What we hear is something akin to a Neuringer solo – the emotional intensity and performative acrobatics that marked his 2014 solo double LP Ceremonies Out of the Air – and a Wright composition, with its obsessive and unpredictable repetitions and elastic structures.
On the strength of an exquisite Morton Feldman recital at Canterbury’s Free Range in October 2015, pianist Simon Vincent joins the bill on 20th April to perform as part of his Stations of the Cross CD release tour.
Address: St. Gregory’s Centre for Music, CCCU, North Holmes Road, Canterbury CT1 1QU
Date: Thursday 20th April 2017
Time: 8pm till 10pm
Entry: £5 (limited capacity)
Contact: email@example.com or Tel: 01227 782994
(Buy a ticket in advance AND attend on the night to receive a free Speak Cities download code with a choice of high-quality file formats.)
This same concert can be heard at Cafe Oto, London on Saturday 15th April. You can book tickets (£10) here
Our second work-in-progress event will be on the 2nd November, 4.15-5.45pm in Pg06.
Matt Wright, Professor of Composition and Sonic Art, has been commissioned by the TRANSIT Festival in Belgium to create a new work for B’Rock, one of the world’s leading baroque ensembles. The work, entitled Correlli_HACK will premiere in Leuven on 28th October and then again at the November Music Festival in Den Bosch on 5th November.
Alistair Zaldua’s piece called contrejours for solo piano and live electronics will be performed by international pianist Jonas Olsson in Gothenburg on Saturday 22nd October at the GAS (Gothenburg Art Sounds) festival.
This piece was composed in 2012 & the title, contrejours refers to a technique in photography where the main image is almost totally obscured by having been photographed against the main source of light: ‘against the day(light)’. My intention wasn’t in hiding anything; the blind spots in this piece attempt to describe the proximities or disconnections between electronics and pianist whilst conceiving of both as a singular, or meta-instrument.
The piano part consists of one piano technique: stopped harmonics. The pitches played are non-tempered harmonics the exact frequencies of which which are traced by the electronics. During this piece the computer and performer are involved in a continuous feedback system: the computer analyses both the pitches and the pianist’s playing speed and makes decisions on the output which are mainly: sounds that are similar in character and pitch. The pianist concentrates and interacts with the character of the sounds emerging from the electronics and actively alters them to shape the piece.
Preview the piece here:
Robert Stillman will be performing in Moondog festival in Copenhagen on the 13th October!