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Composer: Skempton, Howard (b. 1947)

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Year of birth1947
NationalityUnited Kingdom
PeriodContemporary
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LondonSea Change

© Sheila Burnett
Skempton, de Wert, Grieg, Brahms, Bennett, Parry, Mäntyjärvi, Campion, Jackson, Coleridge-Taylor, Vaughan Williams, Holst
Andrew Griffiths; Londinium

NottinghamWilliam Howard - Piano

Janáček, Schumann, Matthews D., Kats-Chernin, Weir, Lin, Skempton, Chopin
William Howard, Piano
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The Minimalist Dream House Project at Toronto Summer Music with the Labèque sisters

Katia and Marielle Labèque  ©  Umberto Nicoletti
As I sat in the intriguing darkness of Koerner Hall, Marielle Labèque carefully placed the opening notes of Le fils des étoiles by Erik Satie. They hung in the air like little crystals. This was a simple beginning, yet deceptively so, that would build towards something larger. In turn, these notes would unfold in a continuous stream of build-ups and decays.
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ensemblebash@20 at Kings Place

ensemblebash
This Monday, the percussion quartet ensemblebash played the first of three concerts which they are scheduled to play this year at Kings Place in celebration of their twentieth anniversary. Over their twenty years, ensemblebash have come to be known as one of the most inventive and talented percussion groups worldwide. And they have just about earned the right to whatever typography they want.
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Mixed minimalism with the Labèques

Katia and Marielle Labèque,  ©  Umberto Nicoletti

Minimalism is, according to some, ‘The most influential musical movement of the 20th century’. Whether or not this is a little hyperbolical, minimalism does certainly deserve real recognition and exploration, and Kings Place hence merits a great deal of praise for putting on the three-day ‘50 Years of Minimalism’ festival, curated by Igor Toronyi-Lalic and led on the stage by pianists Katia and Marielle Labèque. Friday’s middle concert, ‘Europeans & Experimentalists’, presented an intriguing, diverse range of minimalist, quasi-minimalist or sort-of-minimal music which certainly succeeded in showing the breadth of minimalism’s scope in recent decades.