November Music: Saunders & Osborn

Date: Sun 3rd Nov, 2019
Venue: ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands

From their new album Speak, Be Silent, Riot Ensemble perform Rebecca Saunders’ Stirring Still II which continues her longstanding fascination with the writings of Samuel Beckett, sharing its title with Beckett’s final work of prose. Through its fragile and haunting soundworld, the piece’s brittle textures and distant keening explore minute musical activities on the edge of extinction.

Alongside this Laurence Osborn’s Ctrl which was premiered by Riot Ensemble at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival in 2017. Ctrl is a three movement song-cycle about masculinity written from the fragmented perspective of a male character and sung by a female singer.  

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November Music: Solstices

Date: Sat 2nd Nov, 4.00pm
Venue: ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands

Solstices is a 70-minute piece 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

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Composition Workshops: Ben Oliver

Date: Mon 16th & Tue 17th Sep, 2019
Venue: University of Southampton (SO16 7PP)

Riot Ensemble travels to Southampton University to work with composer Ben Oliver on a new piece in development with poet Luke Wright.  These workshops will lead to a major new work in 2020.

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Voyages of Discovery

Date: Fri 2nd Aug, 2019
Venue: Petworth, UK

A new work for violin, cello, piano and percussion by renowned Petworth composer Terence Allbright provides the centrepiece for a concert of audacious contemporary works given by the Riot Ensemble at the Petworth Festival.

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Composition Workshop: Music Biennale Zagreb

Date: Thu 11th & Fri 12th Apr, 2019
Venue: Zagreb, Croatia

Riot Ensemble make their first ever trip to Croatia to take part in the Music Biennale Zagreb – an international festival of contemporary music. We will be working with composers from all across Europe in a series of workshops of new pieces written specially for the festival.

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Speak, Be Silent: CD Release Concert

Date: Mon 8th Apr, 2019
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: Crypt on the Green, Saint James Church (EC1R 0EA)

Join us the evening of April 8th to celebrate the release of Speak, be Silent, our latest CD, out on HCR/NMC Recordings. Riot Ensemble artists will play solo works by each of the composers represented on the CD: Rebecca Saunders, Liza Lim, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Mirela Ivičevič, and Chaya Czernowin. In lieu of tickets we will collect funds to support Play for Progress, a charity that delivers therapeutic and educational music programmes for traumatised and socially isolated unaccompanied minor refugees.

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Recording: UK Commissions 2017 Call for Scores

Date: Sat 30th Mar, 2019
Venue: City, University of London (EC1V 4PB)

The Riot Ensemble record pieces by Georgia Rodgers, Aaron Einbond and Donghoon Shin, commissioned following the ensemble’s 2017 Call for Scores, developed at the Southbank Centre as part of the Nordic Music Days festival and premiered in Helsingborg, Sweden in 2018. 

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Three Labyrinths

Date: Tue 2nd Apr, 2019
Time: 7.00pm
Venue: City, University of London (EC1V 4PB)

The Riot Ensemble presents the UK premieres of pieces by Georgia Rodgers, Aaron Einbond and Donghoon Shin, commissioned following the ensemble’s 2017 Call for Scores, developed at the Southbank Centre as part of the Nordic Music Days festival and premiered in Helsingborg, Sweden in 2018. These pieces also form part of the ensemble’s extended recording project, highlighting unique and exciting musical voices in the UK.

 

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RNCM Workshops

Date: Mon 25th Feb, 2019
Time: Afternoon
Venue: Royal Northern College of Music (Manchester)

Riot Ensemble makes our first trip up to Manchester to do a workshop with DMus students from the Royal Northern College of Music with pieces for Piano, Harpsichord, and Percussion; and an initial workshop with composer Larry Goves.

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