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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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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

A Kings Place Artistic Hire

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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Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival 2015 ( Tue 21st Jul - Sun 9th Aug 2015)

Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival returns to King's Cross this summer, with more than 100 performances of over 40 new works, at 8 local venues spanning over three weeks.

We are committed to redefining and reclaiming 'opera'. This year we  present our 9th Festival – in fact the world’s largest ever – of new opera. Renowned for our support of artistic development, nourishment of new ideas and driving innovation in opera, the Festival is designed and priced so you can experience a number of shows in an evening. Explore, engage and enjoy hand in hand with our artists – we very much look forward to welcoming you.

EARLY BIRD OFFER!  All tickets booked before 21 June £5* regardless of booking method.
Subject to availability. T&Cs apply. *Except Egg London Club Night tickets, for which the Early Bird price is £15

See full booking information here.

tete-a-tete.org.uk

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

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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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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