Date: Tues 29th January, 8pm Venue: The Royal Academy of Music, Theatre
Solstices is a 70-minute from Georg Friedrich Haas, which takes place entirely in darkness. For 10 musicians, including a completely re-tuned grand piano, Solstices opens with a passage of taut, energetic and precise music.From here the piece turns to a process of deep-listening by the musicians who, led by a totally re-tuned grand piano, play and tune a series of overtone chords.Soon Haas introduces a variety of musical ‘games’ and elements that play upon the surface of this slowly moving texture.Building to an intense climax, the final chord is held by the musicians for more than four minutes.Haas writes:
very gradually the light comes back
the brighter the light, the softer the music
decrescendo al niente
Presented as part of the Spitalfields Music Festival, this concert showcases three eclectic and exciting Canadian composers. It includes the UK premieres of Christopher Mayo’s BEAST (originally written for Alarm Will Sound), and the rapidly upcoming Nicole Lizée’s BLACK MIDI (a co-commission with Gaudeamus Muziekweek, Avanti! and Stargaze), and a new, large ensemble version of Richard Reed Parry’s MUSIC FOR HEART AND BREATH, in which the musicians are led (in tempo) by their own heartbeats and breath.
All three composers will join us for the concert, which takes place near the waterfront across from the O2, at Trinity Buoy Wharf, a short walk from the East India (DLR) or Canning Town (Jubilee Line) stations.