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Baroque Unwrapped

Minimalism Unwrapped

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Curated Weeks

Each week, Kings Place is given over to one artist, group or organisation who are invited to present within the spaces, keeping our programme diverse and imaginative. Performers and curators appear by invitation of Kings Place and have carte blanche over the artistic content of their week.
See a list of some of our curators, past and present.

Below is a list of all our upcoming Curated Weeks.

Minimalism Unwrapped ( Wed 7th Jan - Sun 20th Dec 2015)

"When an art form seems particularly inflated and prolix, spring-cleaning is in order." John Adams


Minimalism Unwrapped looks at ways in which composers have wiped the slate clean across time, from the earliest plainsong to the latest creations today.

There will be radical visions of Moondog, Terry Riley’s joyous In C, Gavin Bryars' Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet and a weekend devoted to the seminal works of Steve Reich. There will be surveys of the chamber music of Philip Glass and Michael Nyman, and a showcase of the best of the Bang on a Can group, as well as David Lang’s poignant Little Match Girl Passion. But there will also be a stream of choral concerts featuring great works of the Renaissance, along with masterpieces by Arvo Pärt and John Tavener, and new work from Nico Muhly, Graham Fitkin, Mikhail Karikis, Oliver Coates, Scanner and Nik Bärtsch.

'Some may feel that the American-dominated style of contemporary music known as minimalism doesn’t have a lot to unwrap. A 40-concert festival called Minimalism Unwrapped will doubtless prove otherwise' Richard Morrisson, The Times

'The series Minimalism Unwrapped at Kings Place is so welcome. It allows us to revisit those heroic early days of minimalism, when it was a hard, uncompromising idea in the heads of a few stubborn and marginalised New Yorkers.' Ivan Hewett, The Telegraph

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Leonore Trio: The Complete Beethoven Piano Trios ( Fri 13th Mar - Wed 11th Nov 2015)

The Leonore Trio present the complete original works for piano trio by Beethoven, alongside those by British composers David Matthews and Huw Watkins.  

As well as some of the best-known and much-loved music, the Leonore Trio will play some of Beethoven’s early forays into the genre, giving a rare insight into his formative compositional processes. The cycle will also include the Kakadu Variations, often overlooked in favour of the established Canon.

David Matthews three Piano Trios span twenty years of his distinguished career and these concerts provide a rare opportunity to hear them alongside the composer that has perhaps influenced him the most. The last programme will include the Piano Trio by another leading British composer, Huw Watkins.

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Beethoven Plus: Krysia Osostowicz, Daniel Tong & Guests ( Thu 14th May - Sat 17th Oct 2015)

Violinist Krysia Osostowicz and pianist Daniel Tong present a Beethoven cycle with a difference.

They invited ten composers to write short companion pieces, one to go with each of Beethoven’s ten sonatas for violin and piano. The composers chosen write in highly varied styles, but all responded enthusiastically to the challenge. The five evening recitals (in May and October) also include Beethoven’s string quintet, two of his string quartets and two piano trios. Played alongside the original sonatas, the new companion pieces will create a dialogue with Beethoven, a conversation between past and present; while Beethoven’s music will be heard afresh in all its glory, as radical and provocative as it was over 200 years ago.

Find out more about the project at beethovenplus.com

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RM Hubbert & Friends ( Fri 18th Sep - Fri 18th Sep 2015)

RM Hubbert and The Local present a night of two shows featuring the finest in alt/outsider music, from the mind-expanding psychedelia and pure, life-affirming pop music of Grumbling Fur to the melancholy harmonies of Glasgow singer/sound artist Ela Orleans.

Hubbert brings his own post-punk Flamenco to the festival, and picks some of his favourite artists: James Blackshaw, whose dexterity on a 12-string guitar has earnt him comparisons with Bert Jansch, and Kathryn Joseph, whose other-worldly voice evokes a stark, cinematic journey through the Scottish landscape. Her bones you have thrown me and blood I’ve spilled has just won Scottish Album of the Year.

rmhubbert.com | thelocal.tv

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London Lit Weekend 2015 with the Times Literary Supplement ( Sat 3rd Oct - Sun 4th Oct 2015)

The London Lit Weekend, organised in association with the TLS, is a small eclectic festival of talks, discussions and ideas perfect to exercise your brain on an autumn weekend.

Why should we still read Trollope 200 years on? How can we write about art? Why is there not more literature on the television? Who are the best essay writers, the most overrated authors? Why are we fascinated by animals? How did writers respond to Thatcher? How much more inequality can we live with? Why do the French delude themselves about their past?

These are just some of the questions the best thinkers and speakers in the field will be discussing with you over the weekend. Do join them!

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Equator Festival: Women of the World ( Sat 17th Oct - Sat 24th Oct 2015)

Equator brings top-quality international artists to London, Kent, France and beyond – music, dance and theatre events from Africa, Latin America, India, China, along with the best UK-based performers.

Set up in 2007 as the promotional arm of ShivaNova, one of the West's leading cross-cultural music ensembles, EQUATOR now includes world music and dance, jazz and classical music, English folk, choral and music competitions, with workshops and performances for young people and adults. It is the largest world music arts company based in Kent and works with schools to deliver music and dance workshops in different world cultures.

A Kings Place Artistic Hire

equatorfestival.com

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London Guitar Festival 2015 ( Wed 21st Oct - Sun 1st Nov 2015)

London Guitar Festival, now in its second decade, welcomes you to a wonderful series of concerts, international artist debuts, our Young Artist Platform, new music commissions, workshops, foyer events and the Final of the London International Guitar Competition, one of the most prestigious of its kind worldwide.

The guitar is unique in its appeal to people of all ages, musical tastes and economic means; immerse yourself in that most colourful and versatile of instruments: the guitar! And don’t forget to bring your guitar and get playing yourself in our workshops, we have one for everybody’s musical taste.

Enjoy the debuts of Spanish prodigy Mabel Millán, Flamenco sensation Carlos Piñana and his Trio, the new album launch of the vibrant Vida Guitar Quartet, future guitar stars on our young artists platforms and thrilling new music from the G Plus Ensemble.

igf.org.uk

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LIFEM 2015 – London International Festival of Exploratory Music ( Thu 5th Nov - Sat 7th Nov 2015)

Minimalism. Ambient. Modern Classical. Post-Classical. Experimental. Soundtrack. Piano.

With boundary-expanding music explorations guaranteed, LIFEM is one of the most challenging festivals of the moment. This year’s event ties in with our Minimalism Unwrapped series, and kicks off with the much-anticipated return of acclaimed Flemish composer and pianist Wim Mertens, whose last UK appearance was a sell-out show five years ago here at Kings Place. Bruno Sanfilippo, Sylvain Chauveau and Greg Haines complete the international line-up.

lifem.org.uk

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EFG London Jazz Festival 2015 ( Fri 13th Nov - Sun 22nd Nov 2015)

'One of the best jazz festivals in the world' The Guardian

One of the UK's landmark musical celebrations, the EFG London Jazz Festival has long been acclaimed for delivering a mixture of world-class artists and emerging stars, and energizing audiences both new and old.

efglondonjazzfestival.org.uk

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Ghosts At Our Shoulders – The Tradition Unfolds ( Thu 3rd Dec - Sat 5th Dec 2015)

A series of songwriters and song interpreters inspired by tradition.

Men have withdrawn and left me alone in a roomful of relics but I carry the song that all men inherit.’ 
Alasdair Roberts

The rich folk song tradition in these isles is a never-ending well of ideas and sensibilities as well as source material. The traditional canon is often attributed to ‘anonymous’, a ghost perched on the shoulders of contemporary performers, who carry tradition forward and forge their own paths inspired by that legacy.

This series of concerts features some of the most thoughtful and creative interpreters of song, whose unifying focus is the telling of the song.

Voices close to the source, acting as a link from the then to the now: the legendary Martin Carthy; harmony singers The Devil’s Interval; Scottish singer Kirsty Potts and London’s own twisted trad. firestarters Stick In The Wheel.

Voices from along the continuum: the dense and masterful lyricism of Alasdair Roberts, and the insightful social commentary of Chris Wood, whose lateral take on the modern world follows an ideological thread from the likes of John Clare.

alanbearmanmusic.co.uk

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