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Explore Ensemble: In Dreams and Shadows

Fri 13 Dec 2019

Explore Ensemble: In Dreams and Shadows

Joanna Bailie Artificial Environments Nos.1-5
Kaija Saariaho Je sens un deuxième coeur
Saunders O, Yes & I (UK premiere)
Kaija Saariaho NoaNoa
Rebecca Saunders Shadow
Kaija Saariaho Figura (UK premiere)
Juliet Fraser soprano
Explore Ensemble

Explore Ensemble celebrates the music of Kaija Saariaho and Rebecca Saunders in a double portrait concert complimented by a recent work of Joanna Bailie. Joined by the renowned soprano Juliet Fraser, Explore give the UK premiere of Saunders’ duo O, Yes & I setting texts from Molly Bloom’s stream of consciousness monologue that closes James Joyce’s Ulysses, sharply contrasted by Saunders’ beguiling piano work Shadow.

Saariaho’s Je sens un deuxième coeur (I feel a second heart) escapes to a dreamlike world. Heating up the programme is Saariaho’s ebullient flute and electronics work, NoaNoa. More surreal is Bailie’s ensemble and electronics work Artificial Environments Nos. 1-5, in which the ensemble wander through sonically transformed field recordings of frozen and stretched church bells, speech and street noises, taken from walks around several international cities. Closing the concert is the UK premiere of Saariaho’s Figura – a dazzling chamber music version of her renowned clarinet concerto D’Om le Vrai Sens, which sees soloist Benjamin Mellefont in dialogue with the ensemble, together evoking the medieval theories of sensuality.

Date:Fri 13 Dec 2019
Start time:8pm (Doors: 7.30pm)
Venue:Hall Two

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