some recent silences

Londonites! On Sunday, King’s Place is hosting a concert entitled some recent silences. Curated by Tim Rutherford-Johnson, the concert features the wonderful Apartment House performing a number of recent-ish works that engage in some way with the notion of silence, a theme with which Tim demonstrates a fascinating and ongoing engagement.

Complete details (and tickets!) are available here, but the complete programme is as follows:

G. Douglas Barrett     A Few Silence
Gregory Emfietzis       DIY 1
Mathias Spahlinger   128 erfüllte augenblicke
Ben Isaacs                      allone
György Kurtág              Dumb Show
Charlie Sdraulig          close
Michael Pisaro             Fade

Tim has already posted some interviews on his blog with Gregory Emfietzis, Ben Isaacs and Charlie Sdraulig about their work, and they make for pretty fascinating reading.

Additionally, between now and the concert, I’ll be posting some reflections on the work of Ben Isaacs and Charlie Sdraulig. I’ve known both Ben and Charlie for a number of years, now, and have a pretty intensely personal relationship with their music, which has inspired and informed not only my own music, but also my identity as a listener, in ways too numerous and fundamental to adequately trace.

Wish I was in London to hear this.

ExplorEnsemble. Sdraulig. Hush.

The debut concert of ExplorEnsemble is happening tomorrow night in the Parry Room at the Royal College of Music (details at bottom). They’re playing what looks like a fairly killer trans-generational programme. I’m not familiar – yet – with some of the younger names on the programme, but Charlie Sdraulig‘s Hush for cello and harp (featured as the first entry in The Rambler’s Contemporary Notation Project) will be receiving its premiere.

The musical implications of Hush took a dump in my brain (in the good way) have been turning over in my mind fairly constantly since I first read through the score several months ago. It promises to be a genuinely striking musical experience, and at the advertised price, it’s one that you, dear reader, have no excuse to pass up. Unless you’re not in London. Like me:

 

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