New Music Sunday - a day of new music performances, talks and discussion
  • Upper Lecture Theatre, Sherwell Centre, Plymouth University

  • The House, Plymouth University

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Peninsula Arts presents a mini festival that introduces contemporary chamber music for piano, saxophone and electronics with talks presented by composers.

The performers           

Katherine Williams is a saxophonist and musicologist based in Bristol. Her performance and research intersects in musics that cross genres, particularly those that blur the boundaries between classical, jazz and new music. She was appointed lecturer in music at Plymouth University in September 2014.

This programme is an exploration of the sounds possible on the saxophone. The repertoire has been chosen deliberately to extend conventional notions of what is possible: you will hear acoustic saxophone and piano compositions (Quate), acoustic writing for the same combination with extended techniques (Moroz), live saxophone with pre-recorded backing and live electronic processing (Davis, Gregory, Keegan-Bole), interaction with specially developed software (Kirke), and a fixed media composition built up from sounds extracted from Williams’ pre-recorded saxophone playing (Northcott).

Ignacio Brasa holds degrees in piano performance (Conservatoire of Salamanca, Spain), musicology (University of Salamanca) and advanced musical studies (University of London) He has a PhD in composition from the University of Southampton, and is currently working at the Conservatoire of León, Spain. His new work Fado ao desafio will be premiered this year by Duo EntreActo in Salamanca, Spain.

6 Fados nuevos is a new set of 'sound poems' for piano and tape that, rather than words, brings together Lisbon street sounds and original material to offer individual perspectives on fado, the iconic Portuguese music genre.

14.00 to 17:00 Talks and Performances
Upper Lecture Theatre, Sherwell Centre, Plymouth University

Saxophone and Piano Recit

Katherine Williams, saxophone
Ignacio Brasa, composer and piano 

Amy Quate: Light of Sothis
Rebecca Moroz: Deep Waters (2014)
Ignacio Brasa: 6 Fados nuevos (2015) 

18.00 to 19.30 Talks and Performances
The House, Plymouth University

Saxophone Recital

Katherine Williams, saxophone
Arthur Keegan-Bole, Alexis Kirke
Rob Northcott - composers

Will Gregory: Interference (1995)
Alexis Kirke: Fast Travel (2011)
Rob Northcott: Final Pulse (2014)
Arthur Keegan-Bole: Variations on a Theme (2015) -  Premiere
Tony Davis: Rhapsody (2005)

Sunday 26 April 

14.00 - 17:00 | 18:00 - 19:30: talks and performances 

Upper Lecture Theatre, Sherwell Centre, Plymouth University and The House, Plymouth University.

Tickets:  £6, £4 Friends of Peninsula Arts / SPiA

Tickets include all talks and performances

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