Miniaturised Concertos; Mache | Metier MSV77205

Miniaturised Concertos; Mache

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Label: Metier

Cat No: MSV77205

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Release Date: 29th April 2016

Contents

Artists

Kate Halsall (piano, keyboards)
Jeremy Barnett (percussion)
Joel Bell (electric guitar)
Martin Butler (piano, keyboards)
Leo Chadburn (piano, voice)
Marjolaine Charbin (piano)
Ruth Goller (electric bass)
Duncan MacLeod (electronics)
Robert Millett (percussion)
Fumiko Miyachi (piano)
Andrew Poppy (keyboards)
Lucy Shaw (upright bass)
Delia Stevens (percussion)
Rachel Ueckermann (piano)
James Waterworth (electronics)

Works

Cashian, Philip

Furor

Murcott, Dominic

Time and Place

Pinnock, Naomi

Always again

Poppy, Andrew

Swimming with the Stone Book

Riley, Colin

Hanging in the Balance

Artists

Kate Halsall (piano, keyboards)
Jeremy Barnett (percussion)
Joel Bell (electric guitar)
Martin Butler (piano, keyboards)
Leo Chadburn (piano, voice)
Marjolaine Charbin (piano)
Ruth Goller (electric bass)
Duncan MacLeod (electronics)
Robert Millett (percussion)
Fumiko Miyachi (piano)
Andrew Poppy (keyboards)
Lucy Shaw (upright bass)
Delia Stevens (percussion)
Rachel Ueckermann (piano)
James Waterworth (electronics)

About

This album is the culmination of a project begun by pianist Kate Halsall to explore ways of transforming the traditional piano concerto; works were developed centered around two pianos with varied chamber and electro-acoustical accompaniment, some of which are genuinely ‘fusion’ works incorporating jazz and rock instruments. Extended techniques, pitched silences and film also play a part. The album concept includes an audiovisual work not on the CD but available to stream, or to buy for a small extra cost. The second disc is more experimental and consists of four “Maché” pieces, made up of building blocks contributed by a number of composers, some specially written and some being extracts or arrangements of full length works. They include improvised and notated material, spoken word and many technical effects, producing a fascinating set of sound collages based around the two-piano core.

The album involves many composers and performers from the exciting new-music scene in England all of whom are developing reputations for excellence and innovation. They include many from experimental Rock and Jazz as well as classical: pianists are Fumiko Miyachi, Martin Butler, Marjolaine Charbin and Rachael Ueckermann, with Lucy Shaw (upright bass), Ruth Goller (bass guitar), Joel Bell (electric guitar), and Ensemble Dark Inventions (and more!).

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