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Ives Ensemble – New Music Focus 2 | Matter and Motion

26/10/2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

£1 – £10

The Ives Ensemble will be celebrating MUSICON’s fiftieth anniversary with a series of concerts that express their affinity with and deep commitment to music in and from Durham. As many know, our city has a strong and rich musical history, spanning throughout the ages. In the recent past, Durham has also become a centre for contemporary music – more composers in this versatile and pioneering field are based here than anywhere else in the North-East. Over three concerts this internationally renowned and distinguished group will perform works by no less than six composers who form part of the recent musical fabric of Durham.

The second concert of the festival is a veritable Durham bonanza, with pieces from James Weeks, Nick Collins, Mike Worboys, and Richard Rijnvos, all of whom have links to the city and its university. Worboys, a renowned mathematician currently conducting compositional research in the Music Department, has written a piece especially for the occasion, using the movement of a pendulum as the structure for a work that is as sonically beautiful as it is conceptually engaging. Meanwhile, Rijnvos works with matter more directly, in his music to accompany the piano preparations for John Cage’s Sonatas and Interludes as filmed by Adam Barker Mill. Collins’ piece on the other hand, uses corpora of music by Iannis Xenakis, Ed Sheeran, and Adele as its base matter, from which three Artificially Intelligent musAIcians generate new material, which then becomes the final piece.

A pre-festival talk with composers and performers will take place in the venue at 6:45pm.

Rik Andriessen flute
Lars Wouters van den Oudenwijer, Hans Petra, Erik van Deuren clarinets
John Snijders piano
Josje ter Haar violin
Heleen Hulst viola
Job ter Haar cello

James WeeksDüsseldorf/Durham (WP)
Nick CollinsEd SheerAI vs XenAkIs vs AIdele
Carola BauckholtStreichtrio
Mike WorboysProperties of Matter 2: Damped Harmonic Motion (WP)
Richard RijnvosDas Wohlpräparierte Klavier (UKP)
A work from MUSICON’s call for scores

Important Event Information

Doors Open: 6:30 pm
Ticket Prices: £10 adults, £4 students, £1 under 18s
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7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
£1 – £10
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Music Department
Palace Green
Durham, DH1 3RL


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