During October, we focus on the here and now, with contemporary music and dance featured in a number of articles. We have spoken to a number of composers and choreographers about their work accross various mediums, and their collaborations with other contemporary artists.
Sadler's Wells, London's creative powerhouse, next week presents See the Music, Hear the Dance, an evening dedicated to the music of Thomas Adès, who will himself conduct the Britten Sinfonia through dance works by Karole Armitage, Wayne McGregor (revivals), Crystal Pite and Alexander Whitley (world premières).
As part of our Contemporary focus, I spoke to Swedish filmmaker, choreographer and dancer Pontus Lidberg, about his musical choices and his collaborations with contemporary composers. An intimate conversation with a leading voice in contemporary dance.
Jasmin Vardimon talks to Bachtrack about her new PARK, which will tour the UK this Autumn, dance, the power of performance, and the exciting developments of her new home.
Ben Shephard’s A War of Nerves provide the inspiration behind Sally Beamish’s new choral work Equal Voices which receives its première on Sunday 2 November; his words feature heavily in Sir Andrew Motion’s “found poem”, recounting the horrors of the Great War, which Beamish has juxtaposed with passages from the Old Testament’s Song of Songs
new music in new places
“Singers wound their way through the frozen food aisle, followed by musicians trying not to let their instruments topple over any produce.” The performance raised many questions pertaining to place and how composers and performers incorporate the idea of space or venue into their work.
In the first of a four-part series, Peter Reynolds looks at different strands in contemporary music with a focus on composers in the immediate here and now. This week he writes about five composers now in their 30s and 40s, all writing very different kinds of music.
As part of Bachtrack’s Contemporary Music Month, Rebecca Lentjes writes about the vibrant world of sound installations and immmersive musical experiences in New York City.
Part of Bachtrack’s Contemporary Music Month, Paul Kilbey takes a look at concert programming of 20th- and 21st-century music in several venues around the world.
As part of Bachtrack’s Contemporary Music Month, Meg Wilhoite takes a look at the question of gender equality in the world of new music, in light of the recent debate sparked by conductor Vasily Petrenko.
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Torres, Bruch, Mendelssohn
Orquesta Sinfonica de Galicia; Rumon Gamba; Stefan Jackiw
Fröst, De Falla, Sørensen, Dukas, Stravinsky, Hillborg
Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra; Martin Fröst
Magnard, Messiaen, Sørensen, Ravel, Debussy
Bamberg Symphony Orchestra; Louis Langrée; Angelos Kritikos
Lang, Olivero, Berio, Saariaho
Trio Mediaeval; Unknown; Cliona Doris
Sárik: Recirquel: The Naked Clown
Bence Vági; Recirquel; Kriszta Berzsenyi; Judit Csanádi
Adams: The Death of Klinghoffer
David Robertson; Tom Morris; Metropolitan Opera; Laura Hopkins; Tom Pye; Michaela Martens; Alan Opie
Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie; Leo Siberski; Unknown
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The Toronto Symphony Orchestra offered a rich performance of works by Holst, Shostakovich, Grieg and Marquez. Conductor Robert Moody brought out the lyrical side of the orchestra, even if its members were nearly over-shadowed by an over-enthusiastic soloist.
The English String Orchestra present works inspired by nature, colour and life by four contemporary composers.
Ivan Talijancic discusses L.A. Dance Project's New York debut, a Millepied - Peck - Forsythe mixed bill.
Colin Currie's all Reich programme included a world première, the Quartet for two pianos and two vibraphones, but the newer works were overshadowed by his epic 1985 Sextet.
Coupled with its exquisite landscape, the mystery and legend that permeate Scotland’s atmosphere and history have inspired poets, artists and composers to capture its magic and distinctive folklore in evocative works of art.
Soirée-événement en ce 10 octobre : un concert consacré aux musiques de films de Roman Polanski, et la remise du prix France Musique/Sacem de la Musique de Film 2014. Un bel hommage au cinéma par l'Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France.
Mark Dendy weaves Greek myth with autobiography in his dance-play, Labyrinth, at Abrons Art Center.