PRS Open Fund Commissions

We are thrilled to have received a substantial grant from PRS Foundation’s The Open Fund in support of a number of 2020 composer commissions. This include Chaya Czernowin, Clara Iannotta, Alastair Putt, Claudia Molitor, our two 2020 Call for Scores commissions, and Philip Cashian.

The works commissioned will receive performances and premieres across Europe, including Wien Modern, HCMFUK, Kings Place, and a new festival Riot Ensemble will be founding in London in 2021. Keep your ears open for the music!

Screaming Shapes

Date: Tues 22nd October, 2019
Time: 7pm
Venue: University Hall, Shakespeare Street, Nottingham, NG1 4FQ
Cost: Tickets £5-£15 available online from nonsuch studios

Groundbreaking brings the very best contemporary music from the world’s top composers to Nottingham. This programme features the ever-present “Pierrot plus percussion” lineup in music that has been commissioned and featured by Riot Ensemble on our Speak, Be Silent, release.

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Vantage Point

Date: Tues 17th March, 2020
Time: 7pm
Venue: Cardiff University Concert Hall, Cardiff (CF10 3EB)

Riot Ensemble makes our third appearance at Cardiff University, with an array of chamber songs spatialized throughout Cardiff University’s concert hall, punctuated by virtuosic solos from Berio (Sequenza XIV) and Donatoni (Soft).

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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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Looper – Cafe Oto – London

Date: Wed 20th Feb, 2019
Time: 8.00pm
Venue: Cafe Oto (E8 3DL)

We make our Cafe Oto debut in an evening prefaced by Lee Hyla’s raucous duet We Speak Etruscan (for baritone saxophone and bass clarinet).  That piece is followed by sets where the Alexander Hawkins & Evan Parker Duo, and ENEMY each perform with Riot Ensemble musicians in PRS-funded commissions that blend notation, improvisation, and electronics.

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Looper – Birmingham

Date: Tues 19th Feb, 2019
Time: 8.00pm
Venue: The Hexagon (Birmingham, B12 9QH)

We make our Birmingham debut in an evening prefaced by Lee Hyla’s raucous duet We Speak Etruscan (for baritone saxophone and bass clarinet).  That piece is followed by sets where the Alexander Hawkins & Evan Parker Duo, and ENEMY each perform with Riot Ensemble musicians in PRS-funded commissions that blend notation, improvisation, and electronics.

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Solstices – World Premiere – Iceland

Date: Saturday 26th January
Venue: Dark Music Days, Nordic House, Reykjavík

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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Solstices – London

Date: Tuesday 29th January, 8pm
Venue: The Royal Academy of Music, Theatre

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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