You are unlikely to see a more unusual programme than this all year:
14 June, Recital Hall, Birmingham Conservatoire
Lord Berners: L’Uomo Dai Baffi
Carolina Noguera-Palau: My lonely Cumbia
Karlheinz Stockhausen: In Freundschaft
Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji: Fantasiettina Atematica
Chiyoko Szlavnics: (a)long lines; we’ll draw our own lines (UK première)
Interrobang is proud to present a major work by the Canadian composer, Chiyoko Szlavnics. Taking its starting point from lines drawn on paper, Szlavnics’s compositions offer audiences an intense, exquisite stillness that is rare in contemporary music. The concert also includes music from a pair of somewhat eccentric English composers, a boisterous early work of Lord Berners & a miniature by the reclusive Sorabji, alongside a recent composition by Conservatoire doctoral student Carolina Noguera. And as if that wasn’t enough to entice you, there’s the unmissable opportunity to witness a work by Stockhausen that requires the performer to dress as a teddy bear!
Ensemble Interrobang is a new, Birmingham-based ensemble directed by composer Simon Cummings. There’s a lot to interest a wide range of listeners on this programme, but I would suggest that the main draw is the Szlavnics piece (a sample of the score of which is available here). I’ve raved about Slavnics’ delicate, but intensely moving music before; (a)long lines is a major work in her style of slow lines and glissandi and its performance in the is a rare and special event. I urge you to see it if you can.