SOUNDS OF NOW: LULLABY

Manasamitra

The Guildhall Lens Studio, Portsmouth
Wednesday 1 May 2024, 7.30pm

Tickets:
£8 – £10

Past Event

SUPRIYA NAGARAJAN vocals
DUNCAN CHAPMAN field recordings & electronics
LUCY NOLAN harp

Lullaby is an entrancing evening of music in which the hypnotic purity of Indian music meets contemporary electronica and live instrumental improvisation.

Inspired by traditional Indian lullabies, this is an entrancing evening of music in which the hypnotic purity of Indian music meets contemporary electronica and live instrumental improvisation.

Timeless night-time sounds from around the world – chirping cicadas, the call of the night jar, the soft fall of rain – have been captured and located within the rhythmic pattern and soothing cadence of a lullaby to create an immersive experience that both soothes and stimulates. The space is yours to do as you please – sit, stand, lie down, slump into cushions and drift off, or remain alert and engaged throughout.

Devised by Supriya Nagarajan, a composer and southern Indian singer of the Carnatic tradition, who formed Manasamitra with musicians based in the north of England, including the electro-acoustic composer Duncan Chapman, the project also features a collection of sounds gathered in order to create a bespoke soundscape unique to Portsmouth for this performance.

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Thanks to funding from the Hinrichsen Foundation.

SOUNDS OF NOW: ANNA MEREDITH STRING QUARTETS

Ligeti Quartet

The Guildhall Lens Studio, Portsmouth
Thursday 21 March 2024, 7.30pm

Tickets:

£5 – £10

Past Event

Anna Meredith’s joyful, furious, energetic and restful music dazzles but is never too serious. The critically-acclaimed Ligeti Quartet share tracks from their new album fusing acoustic and electronic music for string quartet by the Mercury-prize nominated composer.

MEREDITH Tuggemo (5’30)
MEREDITH A Short Tribute To Teenage Fanclub (5’)
MEREDITH Honeyed Words (4’)
MEREDITH Chorale (8’)
MEREDITH Shill (3’)
MEREDITH Haze (4’)
MEREDITH Blackfriars (3’)
MEREDITH Nautilus (5’)

Anna Meredith has achieved incredible success straddling multiple musical worlds, never compromising her raw, individual style. This concert is based around the Ligeti Quartet’s new album, Nuc, providing a survey of Meredith’s career to date, heard through her original works for string quartet.

Nuc started life as a conversation between Anna Meredith and Richard Jones (Ligeti Quartet’s viola player) after realising that after a decade of frequently working together, they had almost an album’s worth of music. So an idea developed in which they would not only make the first studio recordings of Anna’s original music for string quartet, but that Richard would create new arrangements of existing tracks by Anna including from her award-winning electronic and dance albums.

The result is a joyful, occasionally furious, never too serious, energetic/restful collection of tracks which dazzle with Anna’s signature compulsive harmonies, rhythmic shifts of gear and sparkling textures.

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Series Discount: 20% discount if you book any 6 or more Portsmouth Chamber Music/Sounds of Now concerts.

Time advertised is the start time, please check your ticket for door time.

Thanks to the Hinrichsen Foundation for supporting Sounds of Now.

“A remarkable, uncompromising collection that shows the composer and ensemble to be uniquely perfect collaborators.”

Buzzmag

SOUNDS OF NOW: ROTATIONS

Tabea Debus, Samuele Telari & Elisa Blasi

The Guildhall Lens Studio, Portsmouth
Friday 8 March 2024, 7.30pm

Tickets:

£5 £10

Past Event

A unique performance of music and movement inspired by the physicality of Roosendael’s Rotations, created in collaboration with award-winning choreographer Sally Marie.

PÄRT Pari Intervallo (5’)
CAGE Harmony XVIII (from 44 Harmonies) (2’)
ROOSENDAEL Rotations for solo recorder (15’)
CAGE Harmony XX (From 44 Harmonies) (5’)
LIM slowly, turning (6’)
CAGE Harmony XXXVI & HARMONY XL (From 44 Harmonies) (3’)
HOSOKAWA Sen V for solo accordion (10’)
CAGE Harmony XII (From 44 Harmonies) (1’)
PÄRT – Spiegel im Spiegel (8’)

A unique programme of music and movement, inspired by the physicality of Roosendael’s Rotations, created by virtuoso recorder player Tabea Debus and dazzling accordion player Samuele Telari, in collaboration with award-winning choreographer Sally Marie.

Featuring a new commission and works from giants of twentieth century music, the show’s choreography of the musicians makes full use of the Guildhall’s intimate ‘in the round’ Studio space.

This performance has no interval. There will be a post-show Q&A with the artists.

Find out more and join the conversation here.

Series Discount: 20% discount if you book any 6 or more Portsmouth Chamber Music/Sounds of Now concerts.

Time advertised is the start time, please check your ticket for door time.

Presented by Music in the Round, in partnership with the Young Classical Artists Trust.

Thanks to the Hinrichsen Foundation for supporting Sounds of Now.

SOUNDS OF NOW: VOICE(LESS)

Rosie Middleton & Angharad Davies

The Guildhall Lens Studio, Portsmouth
Thursday 5 October 2023, 7.30pm

Tickets:

£5 – £10

Past Event

Exploring the sonic force of the human voice and how easily it can be silenced.

Programme includes:

ESIN GUNDUZ – En-he-du-an-na-me-en (3′)
MIRA CALIX – code poem: any chance of war? (c.9′)
LAURA BOWLER – Cover Squirrel (c.15′)
Includes improvisations by Angharad Davies

(A woman sits alone in the room. She tries to speak. Her voice is gone.)

Mezzo-soprano Rosie Middleton and violinist Angharad Davies perform a sequence of works that explore the sonic force of the human voice and how easily it can be silenced.

Esin Gunduz examines power and resistance in music that transforms Rosie’s voice through electronic manipulation. Semaphore, morse code and other non-verbal communication inform Mira Calix’s anti-war musical poem. In Cover Squirrel by Laura Bowler, the human voice switches from operatic power to broken and unintelligible fragments. This provocative performance blends music and physical gesture by two captivating, exceptional performers.

Watch and listen to short clips of work from the performers and find out more about the Voice(less) project here:

This performance has no interval. There will be a post-show Q&A with the artists.

Series Discount: 20% discount if you book any 6 or more Portsmouth Chamber Music/Sounds of Now concerts.

Thanks to the Hinrichsen Foundation for supporting Sounds of Now.

Time advertised is the start time, please check your ticket for door time.