Date: Wed 29th April, 2020
Venue: University Hall, University of Nottingham NG1 4FQ
Following our appearance in October, the Riot Ensemble returns to the University of Nottingham with a concert that explores themes of virtuosity and aspects of performance and communication.
In Beat Furrer’s Lotófagos I, a soprano and double bass appear to be trapped in an echo chamber. In Jagoda Szmytka’s sky-me, type-me, four performers resort to walkie talkies and megaphones to try to make themselves understood. Rebecca Saunders’ Fury is a virtuoso exploration of the extremes of musical gesture. In between these works are examples of a different kind of challenge. The music of the late avant-garde pioneer Pauline Oliveros – in the form of texts written for rocks and other unconventional ways of making sound – seems to leave lots to chance, but requires a unique level of spiritual commitment instead.
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Highlights from the UK Premiere performance of Game Boy by Jagoda Szmytka at HCMF2015. Performed by Goska Isphording.
GameBoy (Highlights) from The Riot Ensemble on Vimeo.
UK Premiere performance of sky-me, type-me by Jagoda Szmytka at HCMF2015. Performers are: Sarah Dacey, Martha Lloyd, Anna Hashimoto & Tansy Bennett. Conducted by Aaron Holloway-Nahum.
We had a wonderful time performing on the opening night of the 2015 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. Ian Faragher and Nigel Bryant – of Sonic Imperfections – discussed their experiences of the weekend (including our concert) on Resonance Extra:
Huddersfield’s Artistic Director Graham McKenzie had this to say:
You can watch our performance of Jagoda Szmytka’s sky-me, type-me below, and more recordings will soon be available on our past performances page.
Date: Friday 20th November
Venue: Blending Shed at Bates Mill, Huddersfield
We are absolutely thrilled to make our HCMF debut with the wild and bizarre worlds of Jagoda Szmytka, Samantha Fernando & Lee Hyla. The concert includes UK premieres of Szmytka’s Game Boy and Empty Music, along with Hyla’s 30-minute retrospective My Life on the Plains. Samantha has created a new version of her piece Positive/Negative Space especially for this concert. All of the music is deeply personal & characterful, and the concert will be ‘guided’ by an audio tour created by Szmytka especially for the night.