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CONCERT: John Butcher

CONCERT: John Butcher

30 Oct 2014 1:10PM - 30 Oct 2014 2:00PM

Description:

John Butcher was born in Brighton, England and has lived in London since the late 1970s. His music ranges through improvisation, his own compositions, multitracked pieces and explorations with feedback and extreme acoustics. Originally a theoretical physicist, he published his Ph.D in 1982 and then left academia for music. He has since collaborated with hundreds of musicians, mostly involved with improvisation - including Derek Bailey, John Stevens, Gerry Hemingway, Polwechsel, Gino Robair, Rhodri Davies, John Edwards, Toshimaru Nakamura, Eddie Prevost, Paul Lovens, Christian Marclay and Andy Moor. Compositions include “Penny Wands” for reconstructed Futurist Intonarumori, pieces for the Rova and Quasar saxophone quartets, “somethingtobesaid” for the John Butcher Group and “Tarab Cuts” with Mark Sanders. In 2011 he was one of three recipients of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Awards for Composers. Alongside long term collaborations he particularly values playing in occasional encounters, which have ranged from large groups such as Butch Morris’ London Skyscraper and the EX Orkestra, to duo concerts with Fred Frith, John Tilbury, Otomo Yoshihide, Matthew Shipp, Tony Buck and Akio Suzuki. Butcher is also well known as a solo saxophonist who attempts to engage with a sense of place. The well received “Resonant Spaces” CD is a collection of site- specific performances recorded during a tour of unusual locations in Scotland and the Orkney Islands.
JOHN BUTCHER - http://www.johnbutcher.org.uk/


Venue: Sonic Lab
Booking info: FREE

Beyond stereotypes: innovative original works for harp

Beyond stereotypes: innovative original works for harp

6 Nov 2014 1:10PM - 6 Nov 2014 12:00AM

Description:

"“Originally from Birmingham, Tanya Houghton studied in Cambridge, London and Paris before embarking on a career as a freelance harpist of many different guises. Her recital today explores repertoire that takes the harp beyond its traditional musical stereotype, including Britten's Suite for Harp and works by Hindemith and Canadian harpist Caroline Lizotte. Tanya's freelance work includes solo, chamber and orchestral playing. She has developed a specialism in playing for singers, both in the operatic world and as an accompanist to soloists and choirs. Last November she was honoured to play for Britten’s 100th birthday concert in Wigmore Hall, London, accompanying Nicholas Mulroy in Britten’s Canticle V :The Death of St Narcissus. Earlier in 2013 she enjoyed a tour (with performances in the Hermitage, St Petersburg and Southwark Cathedral) of the complete Britten Church Parables led by Roger Vignoles. She has a thriving duo partnership with mezzo-soprano Cerys Jones and recently accompanied soprano Rebecca van der Berg for the Ryedale Festival. Tanya’s orchestral work includes appearances with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Ulster Orchestra amongst others. She is principal harpist of Orchestra of the Swan. She has had the privilege of working with conductors including Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Mark Elder, Sir Roger Norrington and Edward Gardner. "


Venue: Sonic Lab
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Improvisation Trio from Brazil

Improvisation Trio from Brazil

7 Nov 2014 5:00PM - 7 Nov 2014 12:00AM

Description: "The three musicians began performing as part of the ""Itiberê Orchestra Family"", an instrumental music group led by musician Itiberê Zwarg. With this formation, they participated in the recordings of several CDs, including the 'Pedra do Espia' (2002) and 'Mundo Verde Esperança' (2002) by Hermeto Pascoal. Each of the three members has a very diverse artistic trajectory, appearing with other musical groups, being part of recordings and carrying out music research. This trio formed with Pedro Albuquerque joining in 2010, the year in which cellist Maria Clara Valle also came to the group. Renata Neves joined the group for the first time during performances at the Cadilda Becker Theatre in Rio de Janeiro, in 2011."
Venue: Sonic Lab
Booking info: Free

CONCERT: Immersion - Music with the ImmLib

CONCERT: Immersion - Music with the ImmLib

13 Nov 2014 1:10PM - 13 Nov 2014 2:00PM

Description: The ImmLib or Immersive Library, developed by Miguel Negrão, gives sound artists unique tools to explore the spatial aspects of sound, in particular the immersive quality of sound. SARC’s Sonic Lab provides an ideal venue for these explorations and a number of SARC composers have been invited to create compositions using the ImmLib, giving their own distinctive approach to immersive sound.
Venue: Sonic Lab
Booking info: Free

Royal String Quartet

Royal String Quartet

19 Nov 2014 7:30PM - 19 Nov 2014 9:00PM

Description: Two works feature in tonight’s programme by Quartet-in- Residence at Queen’s, the Royal Quartet. The first is a new work, receiving its Irish premiere, by young Polish composer Andrzej Kwieciski. The second is one of the key works of the quartet repertoire, Beethoven’s String Quartet No.15, Op. 132.
Venue: Sonic Lab
Booking info: FREE

Junior Academy of Music - Christmas Concert I

Junior Academy of Music - Christmas Concert I

6 Dec 2014 11:00AM - 6 Dec 2014 12:00AM

Description:

Junior Academy of Music (JAM) Christmas concert featuring JAM One and JAM Two Children Choir (age 4-8) 


Venue: Elmwood Hall
Booking info: £3

Raviv Gandrow

Raviv Gandrow

11 Dec 2014 1:10PM - 11 Dec 2014 12:00AM

Description:

Shipping Forecast explores the complex relations between territory and transmission in BBC Radio 4’s shipping bulletin. Coordinated recordings following the long-wave journeying
of a signal from inside a studio at Broadcasting House; to the transmitter at Droitwich; to a ship at sea; to a transistor radio several hundred kilometres away; reveal audible aspects of broadcasting. The piece examines attractions between language, geography, radiation and precipitation where transduced speech addresses, defines as well as physically occupies dimensions of terrestrial space. 


Venue: Sonic Lab
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QUB Big Band Christmas Concert

QUB Big Band Christmas Concert

11 Dec 2014 7:30PM - 11 Dec 2014 12:00AM

Description:

Join us for our annual celebration of the season through Big Band Jazz, when the virtuosi of QUB Big Band are directed by Steve Barnett. Jazz favourites, from the Swing Era through to the 70s, will be spiced with seasonal favourites for Christmas time.


Venue: Crescent Arts Centre
Booking info: £7/£5

QUB Big Band Christmas Concert

QUB Big Band Christmas Concert

11 Dec 2014 7:30PM - 11 Dec 2014 12:00AM

Description:

Join us for our annual celebration of the season through Big Band Jazz, when the virtuosi of QUB Big Band are directed by Steve Barnett. Jazz favourites, from the Swing Era through to the 70s, will be spiced with seasonal favourites for Christmas time.


Venue: Crescent Arts Centre
Booking info: £7/£5

Junior Academy of Music - Christmas Concert ii

Junior Academy of Music - Christmas Concert ii

13 Dec 2014 11:00AM - 13 Dec 2014 12:00AM

Description:

Junior Academy of Music (JAM) Christmas concert featuring JAM Three pupils including Senior Choir, and Junior and Senior Brass Bands (age 8-15). 


Venue: Elmwood Hall
Booking info: £3

CHRISTMAS BRASS AND VOICES

CHRISTMAS BRASS AND VOICES

16 Dec 2014 7:30PM - 16 Dec 2014 9:00PM

Description:

The University Choir and Brass Band join forces to present an end of year programme of classics and seasonal works


Venue: Whitla Hall
Booking info: £7/£5

SEMINAR: “Music Memory: parading the past in Belfast”

SEMINAR: “Music Memory: parading the past in Belfast”

17 Dec 2014 1:00PM - 17 Dec 2014 12:00AM

Description:

Dr Ray Casserly (CIEE)


Venue: McMordie Hall
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An Evening of B.L.I.S.S. - Belfast Legion for Improvised Sights and Sounds

An Evening of B.L.I.S.S. - Belfast Legion for Improvised Sights and Sounds

17 Dec 2014 7:30PM - 17 Dec 2014 9:00PM

Description:

B.L.I.S.S., Belfast’s very own Legion for Improvised Sights and Sounds wreaks digital havoc with members of the Designing Digital Music and Interaction class. 


Venue: Sonic Lab
Booking info: FREE

Bach To The Future - i

Bach To The Future - i

18 Dec 2014 1:10PM - 18 Dec 2014 12:00AM

Description:

Fenella Humphreys (solo violin) "With playing described in the press as ‘alluring’ and ‘a wonder’, violinist Fenella Humphreys is much in demand as a chamber musician and soloist, with performances taking her across the globe. Her first concerto recording, of Christopher Wright’s Violin Concerto for Dutton Epoch with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, was released recently to great critical acclaim, including selection as ‘Orchestral Choice CD’ in a 5 star review in the BBC Music Magazine. She has collaborated with artists including Alexander Baillie, Pekka Kuusisto and Martin Lovett, and is regularly invited by Steven Isserlis to take part in the International Musicians’ Seminar, Prussia Cove. Konzertmaster of the Deutsche Kammerakademie, she also enjoys guest leading and directing various ensembles in Europe. In 2012 Fenella created Bach To The Future, an inspirational commissioning project for six established composers to write works for solo violin to be performed alongside Bach’s six Sonatas and Partitas. Three of these works, by Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Piers Hellawell and Gordon Crosse, were premiered at the Maltings, Snape this year in a residency, while the other three, by Sally Beamish, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and Adrian Sutton, follow next year. In today’s recital Fenella presents Bach's Partita in E major with its new 'fellow', by Cheryl Frances-Hoad; in addition we hear a landmark for solo violin from a later era, the Sonata no.2 by Ysäye, in which the great Belgian violinist himself quoted and reflected upon Bach’s ideas from the Bach Partita in E. The recital opens with a Sonata by the ‘father’ of solo violin, Heinrich Biber, the Baroque composer whose landmark violin works form the background to Bach. Please note: second recital event today at 5.30 pm. "


Venue: Sonic lab
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Bach To The Future – ii

Bach To The Future – ii

18 Dec 2014 5:30PM - 18 Dec 2014 12:00AM

Description:

Fenella Humphreys (solo violin) In an informal lecture-recital setting, Fenella Humphreys performs Bach’s great Partita no 2 in D minor, with its closing Chaconne. Before this she will be joined by Piers Hellawell to introduce his own contribution to her project, Balcony Scenesfor solo violin; this will be performed on its own, first, and then with its four sections interspersed among the movements of the Bach Partita. Join us for Bach's great Chaconne!


Venue: McMordie Hall
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QUSO Christmas Concert

QUSO Christmas Concert

18 Dec 2014 7:30PM - 18 Dec 2014 9:00PM

Description: Seasonal favourites and popular classics brought to you by the Queen’s University Symphony Orchestra and Music Society Choir.
Venue: Whitla Hall
Booking info: £7/£5