Colin Riley - Shenanigans | NMC Recordings NMCD241

Colin Riley - Shenanigans

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Label: NMC Recordings

Cat No: NMCD241

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 20th October 2017

Contents

Artists

Tom Lessels (clarinet)
Kate Halsall (piano)
Genevieve Wilkins (percussion)
Rebecca Hepplewhite (cello)
Celine Saout (harp)
Nicola Summerscales (alto flute)
Samantha Wickramasinghe (violin)
Jessica Beeston (viola)
Matthew Schellhorn (piano)

Works

Riley, Colin

As the Tender Twilight Covers
Lyric Pieces
Movements (3)
Shenanigans for clarinet and piano

Artists

Tom Lessels (clarinet)
Kate Halsall (piano)
Genevieve Wilkins (percussion)
Rebecca Hepplewhite (cello)
Celine Saout (harp)
Nicola Summerscales (alto flute)
Samantha Wickramasinghe (violin)
Jessica Beeston (viola)
Matthew Schellhorn (piano)

About

Colin Riley’s work draws on a range of elements including improvisation, new technologies, song-writing and large scale classical form. His work is impossible to categorize, embodying a genuine integration of stylistic approaches. As an established, but ever-questioning figure within the contemporary music scene over the last 20 years he has cut an independent path through many layers of trends and styles. We are delighted to welcome Colin to the NMC catalogue with this album showcasing his chamber works, written between 2005 and 2015.

Many of the tracks on this album are energetic and playful, with more than a hint of jazz. In Lyric Pieces Riley is influenced by his emotional links to songs (and their lyrics) by post punk, prog and rock bands that he listened to when he was a teenager.

Colin’s work has been performed by many of the leading music ensembles, including BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Smith Quartet, and Piano Circus. He has collaborated with diverse artists in the last few years, including an album with drummer Bill Bruford (Yes, King Crimson) and the poet Michael Rosen.

‘Tantalising new territory’ – The Times

‘Riley is that rarest of birds, a genuine original’ – London Jazz Blog

Reviews

Inspirations include Genesis, John Martyn and Joy Division; there’s a delicate set of Lyric Pieces, and a closing piano solo in dreamy soft-grain called As the Tender Twilight Covers. The title work is a collection of six miniatures, whose lopsided rhythms are cut with snippets of gentler stuff. The performances (violist Jessica Beeston, clarinettist Tom Lessels, pianist Kate Halsall and others) get the right balance of wry, fond, understated and slightly bonkers.  Kate Molleson
The Guardian 9 November 2017

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