KLANG: Mira Benjamin
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6 November 2017 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Note: This concert is now in St John’s Chapel, not the Music Department as previously advertised.
This is the second performance of windfell (2017), by James Weeks, who started his post as Lecturer in Composition at Durham University this October. The piece, an hour-long work for solo violinist, arose from the image of a violin played by the wind, the bow and strings set in motion without human mediation. windfell is a high, remote place, a wind-hill: the setting both for a gradual sounding-out of the instrument and a contemplation of the relationship between instrument and player, between sound, space and time, and between humanity and our environment.
Mira Benjamin (violin) performs new and experimental music, with a special interest in microtonality & tuning practice. She actively commissions music from composers at all stages of their careers, and develops each new work through multiple performances. Originally from Vancouver, British Columbia, Mira lived for ten years in Montréal, where she was a member of Quatuor Bozzini. Since 2014 she has resided in London (UK), where she regularly performs with ensembles such as Apartment House and Decibel, and is currently the Duncan Druce Scholar in Music Performance at the University of Huddersfield. Mira was the recipient of the 2016 Virginia Parker Prize from the Canada Council for the Arts. The prize is awarded annually to a Canadian musician in recognition of their contribution to the artistic life in Canada and internationally.
KLANG is Durham University’s concert series for new and experimental art music. All concerts in KLANG are free of charge, though donations are welcome. No advance tickets required.