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Sat 17th May at 7:00pm
Explorations Weekend: The Sound Of Nonesuch Records Session Two
@ Barbican Centre, London
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Explorations: The Sound Of Nonesuch Records: Explorations Weekend: The Sound Of Nonesuch Records Session Two: Britten Sinfonia, Clark Rundell, Brad Mehldau, Timothy Andres, Kronos Quartet
Explore the rich musical zone where contemporary music, jazz and leftfield rock meet.
Programme to include:
Terry Riley Various
Timo Andres Paraphrase on themes of Brian Eno
Steve Reich Radio Rewrite
Brad Mehldau Variations on a Melancholy Theme
Weaving together treatments of five songs from Brian Eno's classic 70s recordings, Timo Andres’s Paraphrase is performed by the Britten Sinfonia, together with Steve Reich’s recent instrumental reimagining of two Radiohead songs – ‘Jigsaw Falling into Place’ and ‘Everything in Its Right Place’.
Leading American jazz pianist Brad Mehldau performs his sublime Variations on a Melancholy Theme – which he says sounds ‘as if Brahms woke up one day and had the blues’ – while Kronos Quartet pays tribute to one of minimalism’s founding fathers, Terry Riley.
Britten Sinfonia is one of the world's most celebrated and pioneering ensembles. The orchestra is an Associate Ensemble at the Barbican, has residencies in Norwich, Cambridge and Brighton, and a chamber series at Wigmore Hall. Britten Sinfonia enjoys a growing international profile, and is frequently heard on disc, BBC Radio 3 and commercial radio.
'But as always with this orchestra there was more to savour than just stellar performance. The programme was ingeniously shaped' (Ivan Hewett, The Daily Telegraph)
'The playing was marked by the kind of luminous and infectious beauty that only comes from a true marriage of mastery and love' (The Times0
'The UK's most consistently dynamic chamber ensemble' (The New Statesman).
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A young American pianist whose work has become the 'seamless transition between Euro-classical and African-American vocabularies'. (Guardian)
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American composer and pianist whose music 'crosses boundaries and defies categorization'...
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Probably most widely known for their work on the soundtracks to the films Requiem For A Dream and 21 Grams, Kronos Quartet boast over 30 years of work, collaborating with all manner of composers from all over the world, resulting in an extremely versatile catalogue of works and constantly astounding live performances.
Kronos Quartet are David Harrington, John Sherba, Hank Dutt and Jennifer Culp, and may well be the most profound modern string quartet in the world.
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Venue: Barbican Centre
Phone: 0207 638 8891
→ Barbican 4 min walk