Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2016

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Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch and Robert Worby, live from the UK's largest annual international festival of new music in Huddersfield.

A concert at St Paul's Hall in Huddersfield features new works by the festival's Composer in Residence, Georg Friedrich Haas. In the UK premiere of Hyena, soloist Mollena Lee Williams-Haas joins Klangforum Wien to narrate her own written text, which draws on her experience of alcoholism, and The Arditti Quartet give the first performance of Haas' 10th String Quartet.

Also featuring music recorded at the festival from Ensemble Musikfabrik's 16 x 2 x Solo project, a series of new commissions by the ensemble's solo players, and Graham McKenzie, HCMF's Artistic Director, joins Robert and Sara to look ahead at other festival events.

Georg Friedrich Haas: The Hyena (UK Premiere)

Klangforum Wien

Mollena Lee Williams-Haas, narrator

Georg Friedrich Haas: String Quartet No.10 (World Premiere)

The Arditti Quartet.

Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch and Robert Worby, live from the UK's largest annual international festival of new music in Huddersfield.

A concert at St Paul's Hall in Huddersfield features new works by the festival's Composer in Residence, Georg Friedrich Haas. In the UK premiere of Hyena, soloist Mollena Lee Williams-Haas joins Klangforum Wien to narrate her own written text, which draws on her experience of alcoholism, and The Arditti Quartet give the first performance of Haas' 10th String Quartet.

Also featuring music recorded at the festival from Ensemble Musikfabrik's 16 x 2 x Solo project, a series of new commissions by the ensemble's solo players, and Graham McKenzie, HCMF's Artistic Director, joins Robert and Sara to look ahead at other festival events.

Georg Friedrich Haas: The Hyena (UK Premiere)

Klangforum Wien

Mollena Lee Williams-Haas, narrator

Georg Friedrich Haas: String Quartet No.10 (World Premiere)

The Arditti Quartet.

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Sara Mohr-Pietsch and Robert Worby present the second of two live Hear and Now concerts from Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. You can hear the German/Icelandic Ensemble Adapter playing music by Bunita Marcus and a Naomi Pinnock world premiere in tribute to the cult Japanese ensemble Sound Space Ark, and British pianist Richard Uttley in pieces by Christian Mason and Olga Neuwirth. Plus Taiwan-born soprano Peyee Chen in two solo works by Michael Finnissy and free improvisation from British trumpeter Percy Pursglove and Norwegian drummer Thomas Stronen.

Programme includes:

Bunita Marcus: Music For Japan (UK premiere)

Naomi Pinnock: Music for Europe (world premiere)

Ensemble Adapter

Christian Mason: In a world of invisible waves: a butterfly (UK premiere)

Richard Uttley (piano)

Olga Neuwirth: Incidendo/fluido

Richard Uttley (prepared piano and electronics)

Michael Finnissy: Song 1; Song 16

Peyee Chen (soprano)

Free improvisation by Percy Pursglove (trumpet) and Thomas Stronen (drums).

Sara Mohr-Pietsch and Robert Worby present the second of two live Hear and Now concerts from Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. You can hear the German/Icelandic Ensemble Adapter playing music by Bunita Marcus and a Naomi Pinnock world premiere in tribute to the cult Japanese ensemble Sound Space Ark, and British pianist Richard Uttley in pieces by Christian Mason and Olga Neuwirth. Plus Taiwan-born soprano Peyee Chen in two solo works by Michael Finnissy and free improvisation from British trumpeter Percy Pursglove and Norwegian drummer Thomas Stronen.

Programme includes:

Bunita Marcus: Music For Japan (UK premiere)

Naomi Pinnock: Music for Europe (world premiere)

Ensemble Adapter

Christian Mason: In a world of invisible waves: a butterfly (UK premiere)

Richard Uttley (piano)

Olga Neuwirth: Incidendo/fluido

Richard Uttley (prepared piano and electronics)

Michael Finnissy: Song 1; Song 16

Peyee Chen (soprano)

Free improvisation by Percy Pursglove (trumpet) and Thomas Stronen (drums).

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Robert Worby and Sara Mohr-Pietsch with highlights from the 2016 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival including music from Rebecca Saunders and Jennifer Walshe.

The Austrian-based contemporary chamber orchestra Klangforum Wien made a welcome return to Huddersfield this year with a new work from Rebecca Saunders - "Skin" - which was inspired, in part, by the work of Samuel Beckett. Also in tonight's programme, an exciting collaboration between composer/vocalist Jennifer Walshe and the Arditti Quartet; highlights from a recital given by pianist Richard Uttley; and a look at the innovative work of the Stone Orchestra who create new instruments (lithophones) to examine relationships between music and stone.

Including:

Rebecca Saunders: Skin (UK Premiere)

Klangforum Wien

Michael Cutting: I AM STRANGE (World Premiere)

Richard Uttley (piano)

Jennifer Walshe: Everything Is Important

Jennifer Walshe (voice)

Arditti Quartet

Eric Wubbels: Psychomechanochronometer

Richard Uttley (prepared piano).

Juliet Fraser (soprano)

Chaya Czernowin: fardanceCLOSE

Jennifer Walshe: Everything Is Important (UK Premiere)

Iannis Xenakis: Keren

Frederic Belli (trombone).

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Robert Worby and Sara Mohr-Pietsch present highlights from this year's Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and new music with a strong Austro-Germanic flavour, including items from the Trombone Unit Hannover, Ensemble Musikfabrik, and new works by Eva Reiter and Reinhard Fuchs. Robert also talks to singer and lutenist Marianne Schuppe about her "Slow Songs" project.

including:

Anders Hillborg: Hautposaune

Georg Friedrich Haas: Octet for 8 trombones

(Trombone Unit Hannover)

Eva Reiter: Noch sind wir ein Wort (UK Premiere)

Reinhard Fuchs: MANIA (UK Premiere)

(Klangforum Wien)

Michael Wertmüller: antagonisme contrôlé (UK Premiere)

(Ensemble Musikfabrik).

Robert Worby and Sara Mohr-Pietsch present highlights from this year's Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and new music with a strong Austro-Germanic flavour, including items from the Trombone Unit Hannover, Ensemble Musikfabrik, and new works by Eva Reiter and Reinhard Fuchs. Robert also talks to singer and lutenist Marianne Schuppe about her "Slow Songs" project.

including:

Anders Hillborg: Hautposaune

Georg Friedrich Haas: Octet for 8 trombones

(Trombone Unit Hannover)

Eva Reiter: Noch sind wir ein Wort (UK Premiere)

Reinhard Fuchs: MANIA (UK Premiere)

(Klangforum Wien)

Michael Wertmüller: antagonisme contrôlé (UK Premiere)

(Ensemble Musikfabrik).

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Sara Mohr-Pietsch and Robert Worby with highlights from the 2016 HCMF including music from festival composer in residence, Georg Friedrich Haas. The Australian ELISION ensemble form the backbone of tonight's programme with major works by Aaron Cassidy and Liza Lim, and Robert also examines Polish composer Wotjek Blecharz's brand new work Bodyopera, which was given at The Calder, part of The Hepworth gallery in Wakefield.

including:

Aaron Cassidy: The Wreck of Former Boundaries

ELISION Ensemble

Georg Friedrich Haas: Ein Schattenspiel

Richard Uttley - prepared piano and electronics

Liza Lim: How Forests Think

Wu Wei - sheng

Photo (c)Brian Slater for HCMF.