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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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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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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 bullshit ever witnessed on stage!

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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)

An exciting new project which comes out of violinist Krysia Osostowicz and pianist DanielTong’s knowledge and experience of working together on Beethoven’s 10 sonatas for violin and piano...

They had the idea of giving this Beethoven cycle a new dimension by inviting 10 composers to write a short companion piece inspired by one of the sonatas. These new pieces, which will be heard together with the original sonatas, will create conversations between living composers and Beethoven, and shed new light on what Beethoven’s music means to us today.

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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

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