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Music Made in Lockdown
Using the unpredictable events of COVID-19 as a stimulus for creativity, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group commissioned a series of new music pieces from composers around the globe during lockdown.
Composers were asked to create pieces for solo artists and were connected with musicians over digital platforms to rehearse, refine, and record their music. Soliloquies and Dialogues shows the importance of connectivity and creativity during the most devastating of times, and that whilst we were all unified by lockdown, our reactions were still highly individual.
On the path out of a live performance drought we are delighted to be sharing these new pieces with you during two world premiere performances at Arnolfini on 11 June and CBSO Centre in Birmingham on 15 June – www.bcmg.org.uk/soliloquies-and-dialogues-live-performance.
Experience contemporary music for a new creative era, and BCMG’s new partnership with Arnolfini. This will be a poignant celebration of new things to come, and a reflection of the journey we have all taken together, yet on our own.
Composers and Musicians:
|Celeste Oram (b. 1990)||counting steps* (May 2020, 5’)
for solo trumpet with video projection
|Tristan Murail (b.1946)||Les Ruines circulaires (2006, 7’)
for clarinet and violin
|Ma Xiao-Qing (b.1996)||Back to the Beginning* (April 2020, 7’)
for reciting solo violin
|José Del Avellanal Carreño (b. 1998)||speak, sing…* (October 2020, 8’)
for clarinet and electronics
|Donghoon Shin (b. 1983)||Couplet* (April 2020, 3’30”)
for solo violin
|Emily Howard (b. 1979)||New commission, world premiere* (May 2021, 6’)
for solo percussion
|Steve Reich (b. 1936)||New York Counterpoint (1985, 11’)
for clarinet and tape
|Sir Harrison Birtwistle (b.1934)||The Message (2008, 3’)
for clarinet, trumpet and military drum
|Celeste Oram||Counting Steps* (May 2020, 5’)
for solo trumpet and a young trumpeter with video projection
Performed by Birmingham Contemporary Music Group Musicians:
*BCMG Soliloquies and Dialogues commissions receiving their live world premieres, kindly supported by Sound Investors and donors to the BCMG at Home campaign
speak, sing… is supported by PRiSM, The RNCM Centre for Practice & Research in Science & Music, funded by the Research England fund Expanding Excellence in England (E3).
Arnolfini galleries will be open until late, ahead of the performance, to give audiences an opportunity to visit our exhibitions:
This event marks the start of a new collaboration between Arnolfini and Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. We are thrilled to be working together to bring some of the best, innovative new music to Bristol. We look forward to welcoming them back in the autumn and in spring 2022 – dates to follow!