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Thu 11th Oct at 7:30pm
The BBC Concert Orchestra
@ Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
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Ether - Wolfe: Adventures In Sound: The BBC Concert Orchestra, Colin Currie, Keith Lockhart
Cruel Sister / Tell Me Everything / LAD / riSE and fLY
Free your ears with a night of hyper-driven soundscapes and blow your mind! Bang On A Can All-Stars founder Julia Wolfe’s music draws influence from the songs of Led Zeppelin to the symphonies of Beethoven while simultaneously tearing down the walls between them. She pushes performers and audiences to extremes and is today regarded as one of New York’s most acclaimed composers.
"Cruel Sister" - It’s noir. It’s haunting. The ‘harp goes mad’. Inspired by an old English ballad first heard on an album of the same name by British folk-rock group Pentangle, Wolfe depicts the story. And boy what a story it is: a tale of greed and jealously, sibling rivalry and murder. Steeped in post-Minimalist style, hypnotic patters and frenzied chords, Wolfe’s "Cruel Sister" is a nod to Steve Reich's "Different Trains", but on different tracks: crossed with Bernard Hermann in a Psycho twist.
"Tell Me Everything" - Everyone plays in their own time but plays together in a kind of off-beat samba — like several joyfully unwieldy village bands.
In "LAD", Wolfe creates a kaleidoscopic landscape for nine bagpipes. The drones and drawn-out glissandos build into a mind-numbing climax of such shocking proportions that it sounds like the cries of 1,000 birds. Not for the faint hearted.
And… the ultimate sound spectacle of the night is the world premiere of Wolfe’s "riSE and fLY", based on the Jewish text from the Talmud and performed by the trailblazing percussionist Colin Currie.
Now celebrating a half century of broadcasting, this versatile orchestra varies its range from classical works and grand opera to light music and popular songs. They are regular performers at the Last Night of the Proms and their wide-ranging and eclectic repertoire can be heard on Radio and TV, including The Blue Planet soundtrack and Proms in the Park and on the concert platform with artists such as The Corrs, Nigel Kennedy and José Cura.
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Innovative award-winning multi-percussionist who has appeared with orchestras such as the CBSO, LSO and Royal Concertgebouw, as well as performing as a solo chamber musician.
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Venue: Queen Elizabeth Hall
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road
SE1 8XX 51.505775, -0.116811
→ London Waterloo 5 min walk
→ Waterloo International 5 min walk
→ Charing Cross 6 min walk
→ Waterloo 3 min walk