Cafe OTO this Monday!

This fab concert coming up soon featuring a few of my works as well. Experimental New York composer Eleonor Sandresky will be playing on piano, Ebow and electronics. A long-time Glass colleague and member of the Downtown music scene since late eighties, brings a taste of this experience to Cafe OTO.

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Current commissions

I’m beyond myself by excitement with the works I’m developing. Can’t wait to reveal. A delightful blend of graphic scores, visual art, concert space. A digital way of thinking applied to ancient use of paper and ink.

 

Cafe OTO, London – July 3rd

Vilnius, Lithuania – August 14

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Philip Glass’ tribute concert Cafe OTO July 3

I’m extremely honoured to be inviting you to following Philip Glass’ tribute concert. The programme is curated around 21st Ct Études which explore the idea of étude beyond technique and includes new works of mine. Feel welcome to share.

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” Composer/choreographic pianist Eleonor Sandresky will be performing a concert tribute to Philip Glass in celebration of his 80th birthday in Cafe OTO London on July 3rd. Long-time Philip Glass Ensemble member and guest musician with Glass in a number of roles, as well as festival co-founder (MATA), Eleonor counts him as one of her most important mentors.

This concert will pay tribute to his fearless innovation as an artist, his curiosity about the world and his open heart and mind. To this end, Sandresky will focus on work that fulfills this mission on the exciting forefront of new music. The concert will feature her conceptual choreographic piano and electronic work and new works by UK-based MATA alumna, Jobina Tinnemans, for piano, sound processing and paper page turns. These curated pieces, like Glass’ early work, expand the idea of what concert music is and how we experience it. ”
listen here and more here – http://www.esandresky.com

Tickets https://www.cafeoto.co.uk/events/eleonor-sandresky/

For this concert I’m continuing on my series of page turners by writing several études for piano and paper. The scores are handmade on various qualities of paper sheets. I’ve been posting little paper sound sketches in my sonic sketchbook.

It would be great to be seeing some of you there in three weeks time! Hopefully with a glass of wine on a balmy Summer’s evening.

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#contemporaryclassical #electronics #choreography #improvisation #minimalism

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Reflections Over Verisimilitude at Hull’17

Yesterday’s concert at John Grant’s North Atlantic Flux festival Hull’17 in the gorgeous City Hall! Thank you so much John Grant, Curated Place and Hull’17 for programming this. And a big thank you to the Hull Choir for your great performance! It was fabulous. Thank you all. XX

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April LIVE dates

‘Jobina Tinnemans as BLATNOVA’ establishes a magical biotope where acoustic ecology, science fiction, minimalism, sound processing and songwriting can coexist peacefully next to each other. From this recipe Jobina cooks up a weird alchemy: while you’re listening you will discover a little door in the speakers of your soundsystem. You pass and enter a new universe.’

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April 8 – CAM’17 Festival Cardiff, Sunflower&I  – experimental music festival curated by Gwenno Saunders, do check it out if you are in the area.

April 21 – Disconcert event, St.Paul’s Church, Worthing

April 29 – John Grant’s North Atlantic Flux: ‘Sounds from the Smoky Bay’ music festival in Hull UK Capital of Culture 2017

 

It’s a cross-genre programme on grand piano with electronics, field recordings and page turners on multiple speakers. I found that the best way to explain the concept to myself was by adopting the moniker ‘Jobina Tinnemans as BLATNOVA‘ inspired by etched illustrations of a Shakespeare’s ‘Henry V’ version with ‘Laurence Olivier as King Henry‘ I noticed on a friend’s very nicely decorated toilet.  Noisy experimental music and delicate song writing.
…or was it the other way round?

Each concert has it’s own poster. Why? Why not.

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ALSO IN APRIL ‘REFLECTIONS OVER VERISIMILITUDE’ COMING TO THE UK AT HULL CAPITAL OF CULTURE #hull’17

Sunday April 30th – City Hall, 2.30pm

‘Reflections over Verisimiltude’ is for choir and electronics, with mesmerising visuals by Jacob Tekiela, staged in the City Hall which is a magnificent venue. This is going to be good!
The concert is part of John Grant’s ‘North Atlantic Flux: Sounds from the Smoky Bay’ music festival programme.

About ‘Reflections over Verisimiltude’: last year I spent much time in Iceland collaborating with the South Iceland Chamber Choir and film maker Jacob Tekiela for my Moving Classics commission, produced by Curated Place. It premiered at the Cycle Festival in Kopavógur in October last year and received great appraisal. Supported by the PRS Foundation for Music we are adding a Hull edition to this concert for the cultural celebrations which are taking place during Hull’17.

Iceland and Hull have a long seafaring history together and this edition of ‘Reflections over Verisimilitude’ connects the people on both bays, as their echoes reflect over the ocean surface to each other. Voices of origin, wonder, despair, hope and love. Voices of Life.

Watch the Cycle Festival for Music and Art Iceland premiere concert here.

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Performing at John Grant’s music festival Hull’17

Very delighted to announce I’ll be performing solo at a very special event, organised for the arts festivities around Hull UK City of Culture ’17.

John Grant’s Atlantic Flux: Sounds from the Smoky Bay is a 4-day music festival and I’ll be playing on April 29th. More details to follow.

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CAM Cardiff performance April 8

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Icebreaker Premiere Concert

The premiere concert of Icebreaker‘s ‘System Restart’ tour went great last Wednesday! Being famous for it, the Icebreaker ensemble performed solidly with verve and emotion. It was the first time I heard all the works together, a two hour programme of immersive music. I have been attending several high profile Contemporary Classical festivals across Europe last few years with the usual demographic and here is a concert of non-pretentious, adventurous music. Music that doesn’t underestimate its own audience by faffing about in the name of concept. Music with balls. Music that takes you to places. #SystemRestartTour

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‘Sounds And Stories Live’ concert tomorrow

Helsinki friends – tomorrow, Saturday February 4th, is the opening of the new Maunula-talo from 14:00-15:30. Singer Ilona Korhonen will be performing Runo-laulu, a nearly forgotten Finnish singing style, accompanied by manipulated field recording electronics on prepared knitting needles, as the improvised soundtrack to the folk tale. We had our rehearsals today with our performing knitters and I can tell you Ilona’s storytelling singing is fabulous. So powerful. A folk story performance as contemporary as anything. Do come if you can, you won’t regret it. #soundandstorieslive

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Sounds And Stories Live

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On February 4th I’ll be performing the results of a one week residency working with the community of Maunula district in Helsinki, Finland, at the opening event of the new ‘Saunabaari‘ centre in Maunula. Produced by M-Cult#soundsandstorieslive

For this recital titled ‘Sounds And Stories Live – Folk Tales and Orchestrated Yarns’ I’ll be using the prepared knitting needles which were developed for my MATA NYC commission. The needles are attached to my custom made interface and when the knitting needles touch, whilst knitting patterns, they trigger sound files from my audio library. These sonic segments are played just as randomly timed as the knitting needles connect, creating murmuring textures of sounds. A fabric of life.

My audio library includes field recordings I’ll be making on location during my stay in and around Maunula. The soundscape sounds will create the musical accompaniment to a folk tale that will be narrated by a storyteller, much in the way that a pianist would live soundtrack a silent movie. Up to eight performing knitters are dedicated instruments forming a musical ensemble, each one associated with a different sound from nature. If a performing knitter hears their ‘trigger’ word, for example ‘the WIND blew’ they will start knitting and a gale will sound as part of the soundtrack experience as the story unfolds.

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The performance is intended to conjure up images and feelings of sitting together around a bonfire, recounting tales of our ancestors and the creatures that live beyond our perception, while the forces of nature whirl around us outside, adding to the stories’ cinematography. The selected field recordings will not only compose the sound of the performance, but also provide a document of the local sonic environment, archiving the sound of the current world this folk tale performance is situated in.

Middle panel of image above is a detail taken from an illustration from ‘The Mighty Mikko’ (1922) by Jay van Everen. Outer panels are traditional Scandinavian knitting patterns.

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photo by Minna Tarkka

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