Almost Darkness – Wien Modern

Date: Fri 13th November, 2020
Venue: Club Porgy & Bess, Riemergasse 11, Vienna

The Riot Ensemble make their debut at Wien Modern with world premieres from Chaya Czernowin (Fast Darkness) and Clara Iannotta (New Work), alongside Ann Cleare’s piano trio (93 million miles away)

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Open Circuit

Date: Sat 14th Mar, 2020
Venue: Leggate Theatre, University of Liverpool L69 3DR

Centered around Brian Ferneyhough’s feverishly virtuosic sextet Liber Scintillarum (Book of Sparks) and Grisey’s spectral masterpiece Talea, this programme explores the extremes of contemporary ensemble writing.

Siemens Prize winning composer Clara Iannotta’s mesmerising string duo in which, “like skaters in a concrete bowl, the bows of violin and viola glide across their strings, creating hushed, airy harmonics”, sits alongside a new work by Israeli composer Hadas Pe’ery and Ben Hackbarth’s thrilling Lockstep Variations which features two speakers placed inside the percussionists snare drums creating “a pair of phantom musicians, two disembodied drummers who are spatially and gesturally enmeshed with the acoustic ensemble.”

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