The Night With… Live Vol. Two
Released on 27th August, 2021
The Night With… Live Vol. Two is a live CD featuring a selection of works performed during The Night With… 2019. It follows on from The Night With… Live Vol. One also recorded during 2019.
Album includes Ghosts by Ed Bennett, Mesmerism by Paul Mac (arranged by Jessica Wells), Love In Solitude by Andrea Keller, Liascatemi Qui Solo by Francesca Caccini, <<<st)i(ll<<< by Marta Sniady and Ae Fond Kiss. All performed by Ensemble 1604, Ensemble Offspring, Garth Knox and Duo van Vliet.
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1: Ed Bennett: Ghosts
Perf. Garth Knox
2: Marta Sniady: <<<st)i(ll<<<
Perf. Duo van Vliet
3: Francesca Caccini: Lasciatemi Qui Solo
Perf. Ensemble 1604
4: Paul Mac: Mesmerism
Arr. Jessica Wells
Perf. Ensemble Offspring
5: Andrea Keller: Love in Solitude
Perf. Ensemble Offspring
6: Ae Fond Kiss: Anon.
Perf. Duo van Vliet
Duo van Vliet are an accordion and viola duo, comprising Rafał Łuc (accordion) and Ian Anderson (viola). They began playing together in January 2011 while they were both students at the Royal Academy of Music, London. Their love of contemporary music led them to name themselves after the late, great Don van Vliet, better known by his avant-garde rock persona, Captain Beefheart. In their inaugural year they reached the final of the Royal Over-Seas League Chamber Music Competition in London, and since then have dedicated themselves to expanding the viola and accordion repertoire. They make a point of commissioning as many composers as possible to write for them, and have a long list of desired future collaborations, time- and funding-allowing.
Recent highlights include the release of their debut album, Lachrymae ReVisited, on Orchid Classics (made possible by generous support from Creative Scotland, Help Musicians UK, Pigini Accordions, and many of their friends, family, colleagues); performing Georg Friedrich Haas’ double concerto for viola, accordion and chamber ensemble, “….”, with the Orkiestra Muzyki Nowej (New Music Orchestra), Katowice; their recital at St. Magnus Festival, Orkney, which was recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3; and their debut recital at the National Forum of Music, Wrocław, which included 3 world premieres commissioned by the duo.
Formed in 2019, Ensemble 1604 began our collaboration working on a new composition by Timothy Cooper composed for Rory McCleery (counter-tenor), László Rózsa (recorders), Lucia Capellaro (baroque cello) and Alex McCartney (theorbo) and electronics (Timothy Cooper) commissioned by Matthew Whiteside’s The Night With… As a group we explore the contemporary performance of early music with a historical sensibility. We find new ways to frame and explore historical musical material through new compositions and improvisation that plays on and celebrates the playful, dextrous and emotive musical styles of the renaissance and the baroque.
Garth Knox was born in Ireland and spent his childhood in Scotland. He studied with Frederic Riddle at the Royal College of Music in London where he won several prizes for viola and for chamber music. Thereafter he played with most of the leading groups in London in a mixture of all repertoires, from baroque to contemporary music.
In 1983 he was invited by Pierre Boulez to become a member of the Ensemble InterContemporain in Paris, which involved regular solo playing, including concertos directed by Pierre Boulez, and chamber music, touring widely and playing in international festivals.
In 1990 Garth Knox joined the Arditti String Quartet, which led him to play in all the major concert halls of the world, working closely with and giving first performances of pieces by most of today’s leading composers including Ligeti, Kurtag, Berio, Xenakis, Lachenmann, Cage, Feldman and Stockhausen (the famous“Helicopter Quartet”).
In 1998, Garth Knox left the quartet to concentrate on his solo career. As a soloist, he has given premieres by Henze (the Viola Sonata is dedicated to him), Ligeti, Schnittke, Ferneyhough, James Dillon, George Benjamin and many others. He also collaborates regularly in theatre and dance projects, and has written and performed a one-man show for children.
He has recently become a pioneer of the viola d’amore, exploring its possibilities in new music, with and without electronics, and is in the process of creating a new repertoire for this instrument.
Garth Knox now lives in Paris, where he enjoys a full time solo career, giving recitals, concertos and chamber music concerts all over Europe, the USA and Japan. He is also an active composer, and his «Viola Spaces », the first phase of an on-going series of concert studies for strings (published in 2010 by Schott) combines ground-breaking innovation in string technique with joyous pleasure in the act of music making. The pieces have been adopted and performed by young string players all over the world.
Garth Knox is International Visiting Professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London.
Claire Edwardes (percussion), Lamorna Nightingale (flute), Jason Noble (clarinet) and Zubin Kanga (piano).
Living new music has no greater champion than Ensemble Offspring. A devotion to fearless music making has seen them premiere over three hundred new works over the course of twenty-four years. Led by acclaimed percussionist Claire Edwardes, Ensemble Offspring comprises some of Australia’s most innovative and virtuosic performers and champions marginalised compositional voices including female and first peoples Australian composers. In 2016 the group won the APRA Art Music Award for Excellence by an Organisation. Ensemble Offspring has recently toured to Hong Kong, Albany, Amsterdam and Brewarinna and has regularly been featured at Mona Foma Festival as well Sydney Festival. They have a cult following at their Sizzle Series at the local bowling club and support the next generation of Australian musicians and composers through the Hatched Academy. Driven by a philosophy of promoting artistic integrity and challenging the way audiences perceive new music, Ensemble Offspring prides itself on a holistic commitment to the music of our time. www.ensembleoffspring.com
Recorded live between August and December 2019 in the Hug and Pint, Glasgow, and the Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh
Producer: Matthew Whiteside
Mixed and Mastered: Timothy Cooper
Produced: Matthew Whiteside & Timothy Cooper
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