SOUNDS OF NOW: LULLABY WITH MANASAMITRA

Manasamitra

Woolwich Works, Woolwich
Thursday 2 May 2024, 8.00pm

Tickets

Standard: £12
Concessions: £10.25

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Attendees can enjoy the space as they wish: relax, get lost in the music, or engage with the melodies.

This event is the brainchild of Supriya Nagarajan, a Carnatic tradition singer from Southern India. Teaming up with musicians including Duncan Chapman, they’ve crafted a special soundscape for Woolwich.

Featured Artists:

  • SUPRIYA NAGARAJAN: Vocals
  • DUNCAN CHAPMAN: Field Recordings & Electronics
  • LUCY NOLAN: Harp

Note: There won’t be a break during the performance, but there will be a discussion with the artists afterward.

Thanks to the Hinrichsen Foundation for their support.

SOUNDS OF NOW: ROTATIONS

Tabea Debus & Samuele Telari

Woolwich Works, Woolwich
Thursday 7 March 2024, 8.00pm

Full price: £13
Students/ Under 18s/ UC: £11.25

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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 whose choreography is performed by dancer Elisa Blasi.

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

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

PÄRT – Pari Intervallo
BARTÓK – Pe loc (From Six Romanian Folk Dances)
ROOSENDAEL – Rotations for solo recorder
BARTÓK – Buciumeana (From Six Romanian Folk Dances)
LIM – slowly, turning
SEMIONOV – Allegretto (From Bulgarian Suite)
BACH –Siciliano, Largo (From Sonata in c-Moll BWV 1017)
CARDINI – Would you keep a secret?
BARTÓK – Poargă românească & Mărunte (From Six Romanian Folk Dances)
HOSOKAWA – Sen V for solo accordion
PÄRT – Spiegel im Spiegel

SOUNDS OF NOW: LIGETI QUARTET PLAYS ANNA MEREDITH

Ligeti Quartet

Woolwich Works, Woolwich
Thursday 11 April 2024, 8.00pm

Full price: £13
Students/ Under 18/ UC: £11.25

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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.

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 was released by Mercury KX on 14 April 2023 and launched in Sheffield with Music in the Round. It 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 (whose previous collaborations include Alex Turner, Jessie Ware and The Waeve), 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.

To accompany performances the Ligeti Quartet, with funding from Arts Council England have commissioned Ewan Morris Jones, animator and long-term Anna Meredith collaborator, to design a set of projections. He also designed the video for the first single Tuggemo, featuring a melee of plant, animal and mineral creations which swarm together as the song swells. Created using a combination of 2D animation and AI techniques, the visual is a compelling, colourful and hypnotic evolution story.

SOUNDS OF NOW: VOICE(LESS)

Rosie Middleton & Angharad Davies

Woolwich Works, London
Thursday 26 October 2023, 8.00pm

Tickets:

£12.50 Standard
£10.75 Student/ Under 18/ UC

Past Event

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

Please note, this concert includes themes of trauma and war.

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.

Thanks to the Hinrichsen Foundation for supporting Sounds of Now.

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

SOUNDS OF NOW: LULLABY

Manasamitra

Woolwich Works, Woolwich
Thursday 5 October 2023, 8.00pm

Tickets:

£12.50 Standard
£10.75 Student/ Under 18/ UC

Past Event

DUE TO CIRCUMSTANCES BEYOND OUR CONTROL THIS CONCERT HAS BEEN POSTPONED. We are working with Woolwich Works to provide a new date as soon as possible and apologise for any inconvience.

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 Woolwich for this performance.

Please note: There won’t be a break during the performance, but there will be a discussion with the artists afterwards.

Find out more and join the conversation here.

Thanks to the Hinrichsen Foundation for supporting Sounds of Now.

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