Music : New World : New Music (an evening of American contemporary music). Friday 17th December 19:30

Presented by Jack Jones, New World : New Music  is a showcase of works for mixed chamber ensembles exclusively written by American Composers. Jack is an emerging trumpet player based in both Chicago and London. He has curated and performed in new music concerts on both sides of the Atlantic. Making his debut at Hundred Years Gallery, Jack is joined by contemporaries who specialise in the performance of new art music and relish the chance to experiment and enquire in a diverse range of performance spaces

Doors 19:30 | programme from 8pm | £5 Entry

The Programme:

Scenes of a Youthful Dusk for Prepared Vibraphone by Matt Ridge (2019)

The Miniaturist for Trumpet and Vibraphone by Matt Ulery – World Premiere (2021)

The Thing by Darius Paymai (2020)

Thousandth Orange by Caroline Shaw (2018) Feat. The De Kooning Ensemble

Strum by Jessie Montgomery (2012)

Clearing, Dawn and Dance by Judd Greenstein – UK Premiere (2010)

The Composers:

Matt Ridge is a Los Angeles-based composer, arranger, and engraver of music who aims to embrace the genuine, messy range of human expression. His body of work bridges the realms of concert music, the marching arts, electronics, and collaborative multimedia.

Matt Ulery is a Chicago based bassist/composer and bandleader. Known for his sweeping lyricism, unconventional phrase structures and expressionistic emotionalism, Ulery’s music is informed by the entire spectrum of jazz, classical, rock, pop, and folk. Ulery has produced and released 8 albums of all original music under his name including three recent releases of critical acclaim, “By a Little Light,” “Wake an Echo,” and “In the Ivory,” on Dave Douglas’s Greenleaf Music record label in 2012-2014

Darius Paymai is an Iranian-American composer and performer living and working in London. His recent work explores the materiality of sound and performance through stasis/cycles, open scoring, and severe limitation of material. His performance practice focuses on interpretation of text/graphic scores and improvised drone music with synthesisers, harmonium, and live electronics.

Caroline Shaw is a New York-based musician—vocalist, violinist, composer, and producer—who performs in solo and collaborative projects. She has produced for Kanye West (The Life of Pablo; Ye) and Nas (NASIR), and has contributed to records by The National, and by Arcade Fire’s Richard Reed Parry. Caroline loves the color yellow, otters, Beethoven opus 74, Mozart opera, Kinhaven, the smell of rosemary, and the sound of a janky mandolin.

Jessie Montgomery is an acclaimed composer, violinist, and educator. Her music interweaves classical music with elements of vernacular music, improvisation, language, and social justice, placing her squarely as one of the most relevant interpreters of 21st-century American sound and experience. In July of 2021, she was appointed as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Mead Composer-in-residence.

Judd Greenstein is a composer of structurally complex, viscerally engaging works for varied instrumentation. A passionate advocate for the independent new music community across the United States, much of Judd’s work is written for the virtuosic ensembles and solo performers who make up that community and is tailored to their specific talents and abilities.

The Artists:

Gosia KepaJack JonesCara DoyleMarcus Dawe, Maddy HamiltonFiona SweeneyLewis BellEvie CoplanFreya HicksJess MeakinVictoria Farrell-Reed, Fabián Galeana

The De Kooning Ensemble was founded in September 2019 while all the members were studying at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama where they became the recipients of the Ivan Sutton Chamber Music Prize 2021. The ensemble strives to make chamber music more prominent in young people’s lives and works with composers to push the boundaries of the chamber music repertoire. Most recently, The De Kooning Ensemble commissioned Darius Paymai’s Piano Quartet which premiered in All Saints Church, Blackheath on 9th July 2021.

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