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Busy one this month as the summer festival season swings into action. Sorry it’s all a bit London-centric.
Saturday 1 June: Schott, 48 Great Marlborough Street, London: Jonathan Powell, 7pm | Price unknown, but usually just a few quid
Solo piano recital, including Aperghis – A tombeau ouvert, Radulescu – 2nd Sonata, Barrett – Lost and Sorabji – Le Jardin parfume.
Scanner aka Robin Rimbaud, Bobby Krlic aka The Haxan Cloak and the Computer Junk Orchestra reimagine John Dowland’s renaissance piece Lachrimae alongside new music and visuals. Part of the Spitalfields Summer Festival.
Monday 10 June: Hoxton Hall: Rarescale, 8.30pm | £15
Carla Rees leads a digital acoustic ensemble combining flute with live electronics and guitar. Includes the world premiere of Nicola LeFanu’s A Phoenix for Carla composed in response to Carla’s experience in the London riots. Part of the Spitalfields Summer Festival.
Tuesday 11 June: Rich Mix: REPLICA, 7pm & 8.30pm | £15
Edward Jessen’s visually sumptuous experimental music-theatre work for recorder quintet Consortium5 and vocalists John Potter and Peyee Chen. REPLICA unfurls theatrically-rich layers of cinematic successes in a stunning aural and visual realisation. Part of the Spitalfields Summer Festival.
Wednesday 12 June: The Forge: Mivos Quartet, 7.30pm | £11/£9 online, £12/£10 on the door
Mario Diaz de Leon and Philip Glass
Saturday 15 June: Bishopsgate Institute: Powerplant, 8pm | £16
Joby Burgess presents Powerplant, a partnership with sound designer Matthew Fairclough and filmmaker Kathy Hinde, culminating in a collaboration with Gabriel Prokofiev. Part of the Spitalfields Summer Festival.
Wednesday 19 June: Village Underground: At The World’s Edge, 6.30pm & 8.30pm | £15
Combining puppetry, electronic soundscapes and live music, At The World’s Edge recasts the Greek myth of Persephone’s descent into the underworld. I saw an early incarnation of this as a London Sinfonietta Blue Touch Paper project, and it was shaping up well. Part of the Spitalfields Summer Festival.
Monday 24 June: Performance Space, City University: Mark Knoop and Séverine Ballon, 7pm | Free, but prebooking necessary.
The twice excellent Mark Knoop and Séverine Ballon play Feldman’s Patterns in a Chromatic Field for piano and cello, alongside a new work by Georgia Rodgers for cello and electronics.
Late addition: Wednesday 26 June: Royal Northern College of Music, Carole Nash Hall: ACM Ensemble, 8.30pm | £5 on the door
The Manchester-based ACM Ensemble brings a focus on Swiss new music to this concert, which includes works by Holliger, Furrer, Michael Cutting, Tom Rose and a UK premiere from Oscar Bianchi.
Beat Furrer – Presto
Heinz Holliger – Studie über Mehrklänge
Michael Cutting – Artificial White (ACM Commission)
Tom Rose – Schadenfreude (ACM Commission)
Beat Furrer – Lotofagas I (UK Premiere)
Oscar Bianchi – Crepuscolo (UK Premiere)
Friday 28 June: St Giles Cripplegate, Richard Uttley, 1.05pm | Free
Ending the month with another solo piano recital, this time by Richard Uttley, who will play works by Lindberg, Adès and Berio, alongside the UK premiere of Marvin Wolfthal’s 2008 Lulu Fantasy, a paraphrase on Berg’s opera. Part of the City of London Festival.