An assembly & Ensemble x.y: Finnissy's Piano Concerto no.2
Friday 27th April | St John's Waterloo
Anthony Leung: Three Concert Pieces (I)
Paul Newland: locus
Bryn Harrison: Six Symmetries
Cassandra Miller: Philip The Wanderer
Michael Finnissy: Piano Concerto no.2
Piano: Joseph Havlat
Conductor: Jack Sheen
An assembly and Ensemble x.y join forces to deliver a unique programme of music for large ensemble which tugs at the boundaries of extreme stasis and activity, from the singularly suspended sounds of Leung's 'Three Concert Pieces (I)' to Michael Finnissy's outrageously kinetic Piano Concerto no.2.
Between these two poles unfolds an exploration of textural and structural kineticism, via the micro-tectonic layers of Paul Newland's 'locus', Bryn Harrison's orchestral blackhole 'Six Symmetries', and the stumbling euphoria of Cassandra Miller's 'Philip The Wanderer'.
Few composers working today have managed to connect contemporary musics expressive power as convincingly with its critical, intellectual potential.
- The Guardian on the music of Michael Finnissy
... microscopic and cosmic in its dimensions. It was awe-inspiring.
- Sound Expanse on Bryn Harrison's 'Six Symmetries'
[Cassandra Millers music] allows us to hear and feel in new ways.
- TEMPO Magazine
An assembly are a group dedicated to experimental and contemporary music, installation, and performance.
Ensemble x.y is a contemporary ensemble that commissions and performs new music in a flexible and ever-changing lineup. Run without traditional roles or hierarchies, the ensemble develops its thematically-charged programmes according to the taste and interest of its core players, as well as the developing working relationships between resident composers and instrumentalists. The ensemble's flexibility in form and personnel allows members to actively experiment with new sounds, aesthetics, and performance options to create compelling new works.
Joseph Havlat (1994) was born in Hobart, Australia, and has been studying at the Royal Academy of Music in London under Prof. Joanna MacGregor since 2012. Joseph has performed around the UK and in Europe, America and Australia as a soloist and as part of chamber groups and orchestras, most notably in Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, St. Martin-in-the-Fields and Perth Concert Hall, as well as at Aldeburgh and Dartington music festivals. He is a chamber musician, performing frequently with multiple groups - Tritium (clarinet) trio, Trio Derazey and Duo Ex Libris.
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