Thursday 9 May 2019

Philip Glass – The Bowie Symphonies

Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London

Repertoire

Philip Glass: Symphony No.1 (Low); Symphony No.4 (Heroes)
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Philip Glass: Symphony No.12 (Lodger) for orchestra & organ – from the music of David Bowie and Brian Eno (European premiere)

Attend the European premiere of Philip Glass’ Symphony No.12, a tribute to the chameleon genius of pop mastermind David Bowie.

It’s performed alongside his First and Fourth symphonies by trail-blazing new music ensemble the London Contemporary Orchestra with innovative organist James McVinnie.

Philip Glass’ Symphony No.1 and Symphony No.4 reimagine the first two albums of David Bowie’s Berlin trilogy, Low and Heroes, as classical works.

Bowie had moved to the East German capital in 1976, where he joined forces with Brian Eno over a triptych of albums to create a more experimental sound, bringing together aleatoric techniques (involving elements of chance), Krautrock influences and synthesizers.

Glass describes his Low Symphony, composed in 1992, as ‘a real collaboration’ between his music and the work of Bowie and Eno on the first album in the trilogy, released in 1977.

A few months after Bowie’s death in January 2016, Glass’ Heroes symphony became the first classical work to headline Glastonbury. Composed in 1996, the six-movement work responds to Bowie’s brooding Cold War album, out just seven months after Low, and its well-known title track.

Bowie liked the symphonic version so much that he used it as walk-in music at his live appearances, and according to Glass, privately superimposed his own vocals over the recording.

Bowie and Glass had discussed a third symphony, and now, finally, the work has been realised, in a Southbank Centre co-commission with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra.

London Contemporary Orchestra 
Robert Ames conductor
Hugh Brunt conductor
James McVinnie organ
Angelique Kidjo vocals

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Saturday 18 May 2019

Erased Tapes x LCO: Michael Price

Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, London

In a year-long collaborative programme, LCO joins forces with globally-respected independent record label Erased Tapes to create a season of experimental new works in the Southbank Centre’s most intimate venue, The Purcell Room. Featuring handpicked Erased Tapes artists, each performance in the Purcell Sessions: Erased Tapes x LCO series is the culmination of an afternoon of experimental workshops, where you can see the composers and players working together to test and develop new methods. 

#2 / May 2019 / Michael Price

Hear freshly created music by composer Michael Price in this performance, one of a series uniting Erased Tapes artists with soloists from London Contemporary Orchestra.

Internationally recognised for his extensive work as a composer, producer, arranger and music editor in the world of film and TV music, Michael Price has been nominated for three Emmy Awards (winning in 2014 for the BBC series Sherlock) and a BAFTA, and has worked on projects ranging from the Lord of the Ringstrilogy to the Inbetweeners movies.

Price’s previous full-length release on Erased Tapes Entanglement, was described as ‘gorgeous’ by Rolling Stone, ‘a neoclassical treat’ by Uncut and Clash said that ‘the emotional clout of this music is quite staggering’.

Afternoon drop-in workshop sessions: free to attend (no ticket required)

Evening performance: £15

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Wednesday 22 May 2019

Saint Etienne: Tiger Bay

Barbican Centre (Barbican Hall), London

25 years since its release, pioneering pop trio Saint Etienne perform their critically rated album in its entirety along with a set of hits and deep cuts from their back catalogue.

Released in 1994, just ahead of Britpop, Tiger Bay was a ground-breaking blend of electronica and orchestration with traditional folk melodies. Ranging from heady love songs like ‘Hug My Soul’ to the brooding death ballad ‘Like A Motorway’, the record mixed intricate instrumentation with romantic lyricism and the sounds of 90s rave.

The record remains as contemporary and involving as it did 25 years ago – the emotive string and woodwind arrangements, written by the late David Whitaker (Serge Gainsbourg, Marianne Faithfull, Air) shine through here, performed live by the London Contemporary Orchestra. Never before performed with a full orchestra, this will also be the band’s only performance this year.

Tickets: £25- £35 (+ booking fee)

Young Barbican (subject to availability): £10

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Wednesday 12 June 2019

ComposHer @ EartH (Evolutionary Arts Hackney)

EartH (Evolutionary Arts Hackney), London

ComposHER is a new concert celebrating the best new music to moving picture, featuring a stunning roster of some of the best women composers writing for the screen today. 

With composition being one of the most unequal areas of the global music industry, this concert seeks to continue to support and empower the UK women composers’ community, towards further progression and change in 2019.

The composers being showcased are: Carly Paradis, Jessica Jones (selected by the NFTS to represent their alumni), Anne Nitikin, Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch, Kate Simko, Jessica Curry, Jocelyn Pook, Nainita Desai, Imogen Heap (music performed by LCO and SHE Choir), Alev Lenz, Claire M Singer and Amelia Warner.

Genres featuring in this evening’s performance include classical composition, vocal performance alternative & electronic music and ensemble performances, played by the London Contemporary Orchestra.

With thanks to Spitfire Audio, ASCAP, P&G, Manners McDade, Production Music Awards, WMP Studios, Alliance for Women Film Composers, shesaid.so, SHE Choir and LCO.

Tickets £22

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Saturday 6 July 2019

Jónsi & Alex Somers: Riceboy Sleeps – Paris

Philharmonie de Paris

Performing their expansive ambient record Riceboy Sleeps ten years since its creation, Jónsi & Alex showcase the album in full for its first ever European performance.

Played live with the London Contemporary Orchestra, the layers of dense strings, humming reverb and sampled chimes are fully accentuated. A satisfyingly rich piece of music which consumes its listener in a bath of sound.

Riceboy Sleeps was the name the partners adopted for their creative ventures together as visual artists, writers and musicians. This first, and only, record was recorded entirely acoustically at their home in Iceland while Jónsi’s band Sigur Rós were on hiatus, and was expanded into one of the most ambitious ambient classical works of music of the noughties.

Booking opens February 28th

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Monday 8 July 2019

Rice Boy Sleeps – European Orchestral Tour 2019

European Tour

Performing their expansive ambient record Riceboy Sleeps ten years since its creation, Jónsi & Alex showcase the album in full for its first ever European performance.

Played live with the London Contemporary Orchestra, the layers of dense strings, humming reverb and sampled chimes are fully accentuated. A satisfyingly rich piece of music which consumes its listener in a bath of sound.

Riceboy Sleeps was the name the partners adopted for their creative ventures together as visual artists, writers and musicians. This first, and only, record was recorded entirely acoustically at their home in Iceland while Jónsi’s band Sigur Rós were on hiatus, and was expanded into one of the most ambitious ambient classical works of music of the noughties.

London Contemporary Orchestra conducted by Robert Ames

 

Monday 8 July 2019

Jónsi & Alex Somers: Riceboy Sleeps – London

Barbican Centre (Barbican Hall), London

Performing their expansive ambient record Riceboy Sleeps ten years since its creation, Jónsi & Alex showcase the album in full.

Played live with the London Contemporary Orchestra, the layers of dense strings, humming reverb and sampled chimes are fully accentuated. A satisfyingly rich piece of music which consumes its listener in a bath of sound.

Riceboy Sleeps was the name the partners adopted for their creative ventures together as visual artists, writers and musicians. This first, and only, record was recorded entirely acoustically at their home in Iceland while Jónsi’s band Sigur Rós were on hiatus, and was expanded into one of the most ambitious ambient classical works of music of the noughties.

Tickets £25- £35 (+ booking fee)

Young Barbican (subject to availabilty) £10

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Friday 19 July 2019

Clint Mansell: Moon – LIVE (15)

The Hall, Barbican Centre, London

SCREENING WITH LIVE PERFORMANCE OF CLINT MANSELL’S SEMINAL SCORE. PERFORMED BY THE LONDON CONTEMPORARY ORCHESTRA AND CONDUCTED BY MATT DUNKLEY. 

To celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the films release, and on the eve of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing Clint Mansell and the Barbican mark the occasion with a screening of the film with its soundtrack performed live by the LCO and conducted by Clint’s long time collaborator Matt Dunkley. 

Duncan Jones’ critically acclaimed directorial debut starring Academy Award winner Sam Rockwell as astronaut Sam Bell, Moon has become a science fiction cult classic. 

The performance first of its kind for the movie, the score will be performed to picture with kind permission from Sony Pictures, Park Circus and Liberty Films. 


Tuesday 24 September 2019

Erased Tapes x LCO: Rival Consoles

Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, London

In a year-long collaborative programme, LCO joins forces with globally-respected independent record label Erased Tapes to create a season of experimental new works in the Southbank Centre’s most intimate venue, The Purcell Room. Featuring handpicked Erased Tapes artists, each performance in the Purcell Sessions: Erased Tapes x LCO series is the culmination of an afternoon of experimental workshops, where you can see the composers and players working together to test and develop new methods. 

#3 / September 2019 / Rival Consoles

Hear experimental sounds from Rival Consoles at this performance, one of a series bringing Erased Tapes artists together with London Contemporary Orchestra.

Ryan Lee West, aka Rival Consoles, explores themes of in-between states in his latest album Persona, inspired by Ingmar Bergman’s film of the same name. The image in the opening credits of a child reaching out to touch a woman’s face on a screen, shifting between one face and another, inspired an exploration of the persona, the difference between how we see ourselves and how others see us.

Afternoon drop-in workshop sessions: free to attend (no ticket required)

Evening performance: £15

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Saturday 12 October 2019

Tusk Festival: Moor Mother x LCO

Sage Gateshead

“If only all large-scale trans-Atlantic collaborations were this simple to initiate. We spotted a tweet by Moor Mother saying she’d love to work with an orchestra, started a conversation with Camae (Moor Mother) Ayewa and her agent, made contact with London Contemporary Orchestra and here we are. Not quite that breezy to actually develop the project of course and a whole lot of work has been going on at LCO’s studios in London and via cables under the ocean to Philadelphia to make this first-time collaboration dream come true. Moor Mother is of course the Afro-futurist rapper and poet who effortlessly merges the painfully social-realist with the eerily surreal and has an immediacy of delivery rarely matched. LCO have probably soundtracked half the films you’ve watched in the last few years – anything by Paul Thomas Anderson, You Were Never Really Here, collaborations with Jonny Greenwood, Actress, Chaines, Terry Riley, Stochhausen and more.”

“Initial meetings set Camae on the course of investigating the British slave industry as a core theme of the project – something the pavements we all walk are built on but that we rarely acknowledge. The two parties have such impressive discographies separately and dove into this project with such enthusiasm that we can’t help but expect the first few rows of Hall One to leave this performance with singed eyebrows and melted glasses at the very least.”

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Friday 6 December 2019

Erased Tapes x LCO: Hatis Noit

Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, London

In a year-long collaborative programme, LCO joins forces with globally-respected independent record label Erased Tapes to create a season of experimental new works in the Southbank Centre’s most intimate venue, The Purcell Room. Featuring handpicked Erased Tapes artists, each performance in the Purcell Sessions: Erased Tapes x LCO series is the culmination of an afternoon of experimental workshops, where you can see the composers and players working together to test and develop new methods.

#4 / December 2019 / Hatis Noit

Be the first to hear new music created by vocalist Hatis Noit and LCO at this performance which rounds off a year of Erased Tapes x LCO sessions at The Purcell Room.

The Japanese vocal performer’s EP Illogical Dance, released in 2018, creates unique song-worlds with transcendent vocal interpretations that at once deconstruct and recombine Western classical, Japanese folk and nature’s own ambient atmosphere. Inspired by gagaku – Japanese classical music – and operatic styles, Bulgarian and Gregorian chanting, to avant-garde and pop vocalists, the record was co-produced by Haruhisa Tanaka and Björk collaborators Matmos.

Afternoon drop-in workshop sessions: free to attend (no ticket required)

Evening performance: £15

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Friday 17 January 2020

London Contemporary Orchestra – Rushes

Queen Elizabeth Hall, SBC, London

An installation inspired by the visual art of Bridget Riley responds to the sound of the LCO playing Michael Gordon’s mesmerising piece Rushes. The artwork – triggered by the music in tonight’s concert – is the product of the orchestra’s recent experimentation with Artificial Intelligence, imagery and music, and is influenced by the perceptual effects of Riley’s work.

Gordon’s monolithic work Rushes is an hour-long wall of sound made up of pulsating, hypnotic, and slowly shifting patterns, performed by an instrumental ensemble of seven bassoons. Early in the compositional process, Gordon said he ‘was particularly drawn to the short percussive attacks by all the bassoons in counterpoint with each other’. What emerged was an extraordinary work that he describes as ‘a non-stop barrage of ethereal rapid-fire points of sound that seamlessly shifted from one instrument to the next’.

The audience is flanked on each side by the musicians of the LCO, with their focus directed to a central portal in which a generative algorithm creates visuals in direct reaction to the sound. The visuals examine the limits of perception and the way the mind receives and perceives sensory information, and act as a counterpoint to the music.
 
Tickets £15 – £25 
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