New Music Biennial

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01Hear And Now20140712

Staged by the PRS for Music Foundation to coincide with this year's Commonwealth Games, the first ever New Music Biennial showcases new commissions from a wide range of composers across the UK in two special events held in London and Glasgow. In this first programme from Southbank Centre, we hear music for piano and percussion from Arlene Sierra, choir and skateboards from Samuel Bordoli and Bill Bankes-Jones, weather-generated sounds from instrument builder Yann Seznec, vocal music from Luke Styles, a collaboration between Piers Hellawell and the improvising trio of Bourne Davis Kane, and a text-based piece by Andy Scott featuring Foden's Brass Band. Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch.

Arlene Sierra: Urban Birds

Xenia Pestova, Kathleen Supove and Sarah Nicolls (pianos)

Jose Miguel Fernandez (electronics)

Luke Styles: The Girls Who Wished to Marry Stars

Juice Vocal Ensemble

Trish Clowes (saxophones)

Christopher Montague (electric guitar)

Louise McMonagle (cello)

Callum Gourlay (double bass)

James Maddren (drums)

Yann Seznec: Currents

Yann Seznec, Hugh Jones, Sam Beste

Piers Hellawell with Bourne Davis Kane: Sound Carvings, Strange Tryst

Bourne Davis Kane

Samuel Bordoli: Grind

Words by Bill Bankes-Jones

Roundhouse Choir

Osnat Schmool (conductor)

Andy Scott: A Child Like You

Anna-Clare Monk (soprano)

Lauren Scott (harp)

Foden's Brass Band

Michael Fowles (conductor).

02 LASTHear And Now20140809

For more information about Matthew Herbert's 20 Pianos: http://issuu.com/edmckeon/docs/20pianos_5.0

Staged by the PRS for Music Foundation to coincide with this year's Commonwealth Games, the first ever New Music Biennial showcases new commissions from a wide range of composers across the UK in two special events held in London and Glasgow. In this second programme, recorded at Glasgow's Royal Concert Hall on the closing weekend of the Games, we hear a collaboration between the folk trio Lau and the Elysian Quartet, 20 pianos from around the world sampled by Matthew Herbert, Niraj Chag's family journey from India to Britain, a film score by Dobrinka Tabakova, a journey in sound between the Highlands and Canada from Mary Ann Kennedy and Scott Macmillan, plus music for shipping container by Jez Colborne, a work for steel pans and accordion by Alistair Anderson and a piece about the lost tradition of Scottish cattle droving by Matheu Watson and Luke Daniels.

Presented by Robert Worby.

Lau: The Bell That Never Rang

Lau

Elysian String Quartet

Matthew Herbert: 20 Pianos

Sam Beste (electronic keyboard)

Niraj Chag: You Run on Tracks, Not Roads

Priti Menon, Denyse Anyogu (vocals)

Vikaash Sankadecha (Indian percussion)

Harvin singh (drums)

Niraj Chag (laptop / creative director)

Matheu Watson and Luke Daniels: New World Drovers

Patsy Reid (fiddle)

Matheu Watson (electric guitar)

James Fagan (bouzouki)

Luke Daniels (melodeon and zither banjo)

Mac Morin (piano and step dancer)

Alistair Anderson: Panning for Gold

Alistair Anderson (accordion)

Wendy Doyle (steel pans)

Adam Cogdon (DJ)

Laura Connolly (clog dancer)

Jez Colborne: Gift

Jez Colborne and members of Mind the Gap Theatre Company

Mary Ann Kennedy and Scott Macmillan: Aiseag (The Ferryboat)

Mary Ann Kennedy (singer/harp)

Scott MacMillan (guitar)

Aonghas MacNeacail and Christine MacDonald (narrators)

Colin Grant (Cape Breton fiddle)

Angus MacKenzie (pipes)

Brodie Jarvie (bass)

Allan Og MacDonald (percussion)

Inverness Gaelic Choir

Scottish Festival Strings

Dobrinka Tabakova: Pulse

Rolf Hind (piano)

Richard Uttley (piano)

Richard Benjafield (percussion)

George Barton (percussion)

Robert Campion (gamelan)

Isabelle Carré (gamelan).