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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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London A Cappella Festival 2015 ( Wed 28th Jan - Sat 31st Jan 2015)

The London A Cappella Festival welcomes the very best vocal talent from around the world in a celebration of the voice.  Featuring an impressive line-up of international headliners, an enticing series of workshops, numerous free pop-up events, there is something for everyone whether singing, conductor or simply a music enthusiast.

The London A Cappella Festival is curated by the world-famous Grammy award-winning Swingle Singers and 
Ikon Arts Management.

Be sure to check out LACF Kids – a brand new arm of the London A Cappella Festival featuring Singing Playgrounds Workshop, free events and more. 

'Few pick-me-ups dispel January blues better than the London A Cappella Festival. It is three days of workshops, concerts, booze, talk, humour, boisterous audiences and exuberant performers, all dedicated to the ever-expanding world of unaccompanied vocal music.' ★★★★ Richard Morrison, The Times

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Jewish Book Week 2015 ( Sat 21st Feb - Sun 1st Mar 2015)

'Welcome to Jewish Book Week 2015: another stunning array of speakers, up-to-the-minute books, smouldering discussions and sizzling entertainment. We hope you agree. This year’s challenge was to fit everything in to 9 days. We could have doubled our 70 events, lasted for 3 weeks and still not presented everything we wished to.

Many top writers and journalists from Britain, Europe, the Middle East and the US are speaking at the festival and our themes will become obvious to you as you scroll through the events: art and music; big ideas; the end of WW2; Israel and the Middle East; New York culture. I could go on, but I’ll leave you to find out for yourselves.

Come early on Sundays and stay for the day. Leave work in good time for the evening sessions. Take advantage of the discount scheme. In fact, bring your sleeping bags... Look forward to seeing you at the festival.'
Lucy Silver (Festival Chair) and all at Jewish Book Week

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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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It's All About Piano ( Fri 27th Mar - Fri 27th Mar 2015)

Now in its third year, institut français’s three-day festival, It’s All About Piano!, brings together a dazzling number of pianists and events. This year, the festival kicks off here at Kings Place, welcoming internationally acclaimed French pianist Mikhail Rudy in a multimedia performance (7pm), French-Cypriot pianist Cyprien Katsaris in a unique music-and-champagne event (8.30pm), and legendary jazz pianist John Taylor for a captivating performance (9pm). The festival continues on 28 & 29 March at institut français.

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

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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 andBangladesh. There are some UK premieres, some first time collaborations and lots of supremelyinspirational music from artists that have impressed us at Songlines magazine. We will welcomesome 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 incollaboration with London’s own Lokkhi Terra. And for the first time a night of very danceable liveAfro-electronica from Afriquoi and the chance for children to discover klezmer and Balkan musicwith the help of the talented musicians of She’Koyokh. As ever with Songlines Encounters, the idea isto discover something new – and memorable. – Simon Broughton (Songlines Editor-in-Chief)

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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

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