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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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Adam Riches x 4 ( Wed 8th Apr - Thu 30th Apr 2015)

Four Shows, Four Nights, Sixteen Characters.

Adam Riches, winner of the 2011 Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award and star of Radio 4's The Guns of Adam Riches, presents four of his most successful Edinburgh hours that chart his own chronology of character comedy chaos and the most complete history of bulls**t ever witnessed on stage!

Critics' Choice – Time Out, April 2015

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Caledonian Chronicles ( Thu 9th Apr - Sat 11th Apr 2015)

9 – 11 APRIL

Roddy Woomble, Dick Gaughan, James Grant, Rura, Ewan McLennan, Sorren Maclean, Samantha Whates

Scotland boasts a rich treasury of words and stories, and the strong tradition of songwriting is the theme for Caledonian Chronicles. The contemporary songwriters and interpreters of song featured in this weekend series present a creative chronicle of landscape, people and politics with a distinctive Caledonian voice. Shaped by raw tradition, these singers and writers are masters of modern day storytelling as well as powerful conveyors of their traditional legacy.

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Brodsky Quartet: The Complete Zemlinsky String Quartets ( Sat 2nd May - Sat 2nd May 2015)

Kings Place’s Quartet in Residence dedicate a day to the inexplicably neglected quartets of Austrian composer Alexander von Zemlinsky. Charting the progress of fin de siècle Vienna and the birth of a new style of music and thinking, his four quartets are wonderfully varied; from the romantic and inventive No. 1 to the extraordinary and dramatic No. 4. In addition, the recently discovered E minor Quartet receives its UK premiere.

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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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Songlines Encounters Festival 2015 ( Thu 4th Jun - Sat 6th Jun 2015)

The fifth Songlines Encounters Festival features musicians from Portugal, Cyprus, Iran, the UK and Bangladesh. There are some UK premieres, some first time collaborations and lots of supremely inspirational music from artists that have impressed us at Songlines magazine. We will welcome some great female voices – Gisela João from Portugal and Mahsa & Marjan Vahdat from Iran, alongside sublime Scottish fiddling, and brilliant roots music from Bangladesh, both alone and in collaboration with London’s own Lokkhi Terra. And for the first time a night of very danceable live Afro-electronica from Afriquoi and the chance for children to discover klezmer and Balkan music with the help of the talented musicians of She’Koyokh. As ever with Songlines Encounters, the idea is to discover something new – and memorable. – Simon Broughton (Songlines Editor-in-Chief)

Find out more about Festival Passes, ticket offers and special deals for Songlines subscribers...

Songlines Encounters Festival is co-curated by Songlines magazine and Ikon Arts Management

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The Continuum Ensemble: Swept Away ( Fri 19th Jun - Sun 21st Jun 2015)

Music in 1920s Berlin and Vienna: cool, sleek, jazzy and very modern. But by 1934, denounced by the Nazi government and their music banned, composers were swept away into exile.

Discover the exciting opera, chamber, orchestral and vocal music of Ernst Toch, Kurt Weill and others of this lost generation, much of it performed for the first time in the UK.

Patrons: James Conlon, Lawrence Foster, Daniel Snowman

thecontinuumensemble.co.uk

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The Complete Guide to Everything – LIVE! ( Thu 25th Jun - Sat 27th Jun 2015)

Tim Daniels and Tom Reynolds are the Brooklyn-based writers and comedians who host The Complete Guide to Everything, a weekly podcast with millions of downloads worldwide...

Here at Kings Place, they continue their quest to explore and explain every possible topic, providing the world with a complete resource of knowledge that isn't as stodgy and as boring as an encyclopedia.

Along the way, they'll share outrageous personal stories, concoct hare-brained schemes, solve audience members' personal problems, bicker with each other and crack jokes of varying taste-level.

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IGF Guitar Summit 2015 ( Thu 23rd Jul - Sun 26th Jul 2015)

23 – 26 JULY

This summer, the world's greatest guitarists will gather in the heart of London for the second IGF Guitar Summit.

David Russell, Xuefei Yang, Juan Martín, Antonio Forcione, Nigel Price, Dario Cortese and Will McNicol take part in the four-day festival and summer school offering concerts, masterclasses and workshops.

igf.org.uk

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