Chessex, Antoine / Apartment House / Jerome Noetinger
"Plastic Concrete" / "Accumulation"
Two long-form compositions combining acoustic and electronic orchestration by Antoine Chessex, convoluted works that take unusual twists and turns from spirited interaction to beautiful sonic passages, performed at London's Cafe Oto by an ensemble including Dominic Lash, Andrew Sparling, Jerome Noetinger, &c.
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Recorded live at Cafe OTO in London on the 28th of February 2014 and 29th of April 2015.
Dominic Lash-double bass
Seth Josel-electric guitar
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1. Plastic Concrete 24:13
2. Accumulation 33:40
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"Two long-form pieces, recorded at London's Cafe OTO, offer a brand of excitement that can only be captured live: edgy, interpretive and unpredictable in all the right ways. Each piece is composed by Antoine Chessex, although the players vary on each; only the electronic specialist (Jérôme Noetinger) and the cellist (Anton Lukoszevieze) appear on each. The beauty of these works is that while they are composed, they possess a feel of loose improvisation, with twists and turns that feel reactive and instinctive. The cover advertises ordered chaos, and that's exactly what to expect.
"Plastic Concrete" (2014) begins with blasts and warm-ups, and soon introduces the sound of a howling wind; a tempest approaches, presaged by the clarinet. If the early part of the piece can be described as agitated, the middle is more like a coiled beast. There's never any doubt that these seven players will burst into action when they sense their prey. Noetinger offers reel-to-reel injections that sound like turbines, or in their quieter moments, the end of a dry cycle. The strings contribute glissandos reminiscent of suspense scores, finally cleared away by foghorns of brass and bass. Plastic concrete is a real thing ~ concrete reinforced with plastic instead of steel ~ but the title is more likely to imply musique concrète, albeit a mix of live and recorded sound. As such, the live elements buttress the electronics and reel-to-reel, and vice versa, producing an overall effect that is stronger as a result of the blend. In the finale, the electric guitar pushes the piece over the chasm and watches it crash on the sharp rocks below.
"Accumulation" (2015) begins with that same foghorn (now repaired after a year of intense rehab) and soon adds the drama of a string quartet. While three players have been lost at sea, four soldier on with new determination. Warning, they murmur and cry, the guitarist may still be at large. As implied by the title, this is a study in slow, measured accumulation, both of volume and of tone. What sounds first like swarms of bees begins to make sense as the piece proceeds with light staccato, frenetic plucking and heavy sheets of drone. Parts of the midsection sound like Penderecki with a pronounced twitch. This movement is not slow at all; every molecule is agitated, every string vibrating, the conductor's baton refusing to rest. Only in the last minutes do the notes begrudgingly retreat, like tired children attempting a series of final protests before tilting into sleep. The slide into silence is so gradual that one continues to strain to hear the music after it is gone. This is the mark of a great composition; one always wishes there were more, a note or even the hint of one. To clap would be to admit it is over."-Richard Allen, A Closer Listen
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"Andrew Sparling has played guest principal clarinet with many UK orchestras, including the BBC Scottish, Philharmonia, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, London Sinfonietta, Sinfonia ViVA, New Kent Opera and Grange Park Opera.
Andrew also appears regularly with many of the most important Contemporary Music Ensembles in the UK, including the Almeida Opera, Apartment House, Chroma, Double Image, Ensemble Exposè, Gemini, Lontano and the Michael Nyman Band.
As a soloist and chamber musician Andrew performs regularly with the pianist, Thalia Myers and he has also joined the Brindisi Quartet to perform the Mozart Clarinet Quintet, and also the first performance of Gabriel Jackson's Quintet: In Prairial and Thermidor. Andrew has given solo and chamber recitals in the UK, Europe, USA, the Far East and the Middle East.
Andrew has been invited to give recitals at the London Festival of Chamber Music, run by the English String Quartet, every year since 2001
In May 2000, he made his concerto debut at the Royal Festival Hall with the Philharmonia playing the Capriccio Notturno by the French composer, Nicholas Bacri.
Andrew also performs on period instruments, and plays principal clarinet in Charles Hazelwood's orchestra The Mozart Collective, taking part in the BBC 2 drama-documentary series "The Genius of Mozart" broadcast in 2004. Andrew acted the role of clarinettist Anton Stadler and the photo in Andrew's photo gallery (click on the RHS Photo Gallery link) shows him rehearsing Mozart's Clarinet Quintet with the composer. He has since played principal clarinet with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (including a run of Gluck's Iphigénie en Tauride at Covent Garden, on baroque clarinets), Classical Opera Company, Armonico Consort and the Tallis Scholars."-Morgensterns (http://www.morgensternsdiaryservice.com/WebProfile/sparling_a_713.shtml)
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"Born Cambridge, England, in January 1980; played bass guitar since 1994; studied with Hugh Boyd and Pascha Milner and at Basstech (London) with Rob Burns, Terry Gregory and others. Played double bass since 2001; basically self taught, with grateful thanks to Simon H. Fell. First class BA in English Literature from Oxford University (2002). Received MA Composition from Oxford Brookes University in 2003, having studied with Paul Whitty, Ray Lee and others. Received PhD from Brunel University in 2010, having studied the work of Derek Bailey, Helmut Lachenmann and JH Prynne and been supervised by Richard Barrett and John Croft."-Dominic Lash Website (http://dominiclash.blogspot.com/p/dominic-lash_5.html)
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"Seth Josel - originally from New York, now residing in Berlin - has become one of the leading instrumental pioneers of his generation. As a soloist he has concertized in Belgium, Germany, Great Britain, France, Israel, Italy, The Netherlands, Switzerland, the US and Canada. He has performed as a guest with leading orchestras and ensembles of Europe, including the BBC Symphony Orchestra (London), the Rundfunksinfonie Orchester Berlin, the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, the South German Radio Choir, the Staatskappelle Berlin and the Schönberg Ensemble of Amsterdam, and has appeared at several major European festivals including the Salzburg Festspiele, Ars Musica, Donaueschingen, The Holland Festival, Munich Biennale and London's South Bank Festival. From 1991 till 2000 he was a permanent member of the musikFabrik. In recent seasons he has been guesting regularly with KNM Berlin, Ensemble SurPlus of Freiburg as well as with the Basel Sinfonietta.
As ensemble player and soloist Seth Josel has been involved in the first performances of more than one hundred works. He has collaborated and consulted closely with such composers as Louis Andriessen, Gavin Bryars, Mauricio Kagel, Helmut Lachenmann, Tristan Murail and James Tenney. In addition, he has been highly committed to working with several of the leading young composers of our time, including Peter Ablinger, Richard Barrett, Sidney Corbett, Chaya Czernowin, Keeril Makan and Manfred Stahnke, all of whom have written works featuring his talents.
He has recorded for radio stations throughout Europe, and he appears as ensemble/chamber music performer on CDs released by Aeon, Nonesuch, Mode Records, CPO, Col Legno, Cybele Records, HetHut, New World Records, Touch Records, Edition Wandelweiser, Wergo, and Winter & Winter. In 1995 he released his first solo CD on CRI (Composers Recordings, Inc.) featuring works of contemporary American composers. His second solo CD appeared on O.O. Discs, Inc. and his third on New World Records, all featuring works of American composers. With Ulrich Krieger he collaborated on a portrait CD for Mode Records, presenting rarely heard works by Gavin Bryars. He recorded Berio's "Sequenza XI" for the complete Sequenza-Cycle which was released on Mode, and "33-127" by Peter Ablinger, was released by Mode in February 2009.
With colleagues Wiek Hijmans, Patricio Wang and Mark Haanstra from Amsterdam, he is co-founder of the quartet, Catch, which, in 2007, gave a week-long workshop at Princeton University in addition to appearing as part of the "concertino" in the U.S.-premiere of Steve Mackey's "Dreamhouse" with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project. Catch had a featured slot in September '07 at the second "Output" festival in Amsterdam, collaborated extensively in the Autumn '07 with the Slagwerkgroep Den Haag and performed concerts in Los Angeles, Berkeley and Grinnell during the spring of '08. In 2013, Catch appeared as the concertino with the New York Philharmonic.
In recent year Seth Josel has been a welcome guest on university and college campuses for his stimulating and diverse presentations regarding new art music. Among them are Yale, Northwestern, MSM, CalArts, Musik Akademie Basel, UdK Berlin, and the Sweelinck Konservatorium.
In addition to having published articles which concern issues related to new art music, Seth Josel is co-founder of "www.sheerpluck.de", a website dedicated to contemporary guitar music which has been online since the summer of 2003. "The Techniques of Guitar Playing", co-authored by Ming Tsao, was published by Bärenreiter Press in July 2014. Seth Josel's reconstruction of the "lost" work for solo electric guitar by Morton Feldman was published by Edition Peters in 2015. In 2016 he was named Research Fellow at the Orpheus Institute in Ghent, where he will be in residence part-time till the autumn of 2017.
After acquiring his Bachelor of Music degree at the Manhattan School of Music, Seth Josel enrolled at Yale University and earned the Master of Music degree; he then went on to become the first guitarist at Yale to earn the Master of Musical Arts and the Doctor of Musical Art degrees. His teachers included Manuel Barrueco, Eliot Fisk and harpsichordist Richard Rephann; as well, he has participated in the master classes of Oscar Ghiglia and Andrés Segovia. He is recipient of numerous awards and prizes including a Fulbright-Hays grant from the United States government and an Artists Stipend from the Akademie Schloß Solitude, Stuttgart."-Seth Josel Website (http://sethjosel.de/biography.php)
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"Orchestral Positions: English National Ballet Philharmonic - 2nd Trombone (2016 - Present) Orchestral Trials: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (Sub-Principal, 2012 - 2013; 2015 - 2016) Scottish Opera (Principal, 2013 - 2014; 2010-2011) Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (Sub-Principal, 2011) Opera North (Principal, 2010 - 2011) Philharmonia Orchestra (Sub-Principal, 2010) Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (Principal, 2006) Freelance: BBC Concert Orchestra (Sub-Principal Trombone, Euphonium) BBC National Orchestra of Wales (Principal & Sub-Principal Trombone, Euphonium) BBC Symphony Orchestra (Trombone) Britten Sinfonia (Sub-Principal Trombone) City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (Sub-Principal Trombone, Bass Trumpet) City of London Sinfonia including Opera at Holland Park (Principal & Sub-Principal Trombone) Halle Orchestra (Principal Trombone) Irish Chamber Orchestra (Principal Trombone) London Chamber Orchestra (Principal Trombone) London Concert Orchestra (Principal Trombone) London Philharmonic Orchestra including Glyndebourne (Principal & Sub-Principal Trombone) London Sinfonietta (Principal Trombone) London Symphony Orchestra (Sub-Principal Trombone, Euphonium, Bass Trumpet) Philharmonia Orchestra (Principal Trombone, Bass Trumpet) Riot Ensemble (Trombone) Royal Ballet Sinfonia (Principal & Sub-Principal Trombone) Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (Principal Trombone) Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra (Principal & Sub-Principal Trombone, Euphonium) Royal Scottish National Orchestra (Bass Trumpet) RTE National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland (Sub-Principal Trombone) Ulster Orchestra (Sub-Principal Trombone) Chamber & Solo: Britten Sinfonia Brass Quintet London Philharmonic Brass Ensemble (Euphonium) Riot Ensemble (Trombone) Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Brass Ensemble (Principal) Soloist RAM/GSMD Wind Band - Barbican Hall (2006) Soloist RAM Concert Orchestra (2006) Shows: The Lion King (Deputy) Film Scores: 2012 - Zero Dark Thirty (LSO) 2012 - The Hobbit 'An Unexpected Journey' (LPO) Education: 2003 - 2007 Royal Academy of Music - BMus 1st with honours 1996 - 2003 Chetham's School of Music - A-Level's & GCSE's Prizes and Competitions: Larry Wiehe Competition (International Trombone Association) Royal Amateur Orchestral Prize (RAM) Drummond Sharp Brass Prize (RAM) Professors: Ian Bousfield, Denis Wick, Dudley Bright, James Maynard"-Join Encore (https://joinencore.com/Andrew-Connington)
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"Andrew White (born September 6, 1942) is an American jazz/R'n'B multi-instrumentalist (saxophone, oboe and bass guitar), musicologist and publisher.
White was born in Washington, D.C., and grew up in Nashville, Tennessee, completing his public school education there. He returned to Washington, D.C. in September 1960 to attend Howard University. He graduated in June 1964, Cum Laude, with a Bachelor of Music Degree, majoring in music theory, and with a minor in oboe. After his four years at Howard University he attended the Paris Conservatory of Music, in Paris, France on a John Hay Whitney Foundation Fellowship for continued study of the oboe.
As a saxophonist, White appeared on the jazz scene in September 1960, concurrent with his graduation from his studies at Howard University, when he appeared with Washington D.C.'s J.F.K. Quintet. (1961-63). He later appeared with Kenny Clarke (1965), Otis Redding (1967), McCoy Tyner (1970), Elvin Jones (1980-81), Beaver Harris (1983), The Julius Hemphill Saxophone Sextet (1987), "The Six Winds" Dutch Saxophone Sextet (1999), and on his own "Andrew White's ZORROSAX ALLSTARS," saxophone sextet (2002), and hundreds of personal solo appearances worldwide. These include solo performances at New York City's Carnegie Hall (1974 and 1975), Lincoln Center (1990 and 1995), Town Hall (1975), The Kennedy Center, in Washington, D.C. (1970 through 2005), Paris, France's Theatre du Chatelet (1980), La Vila (1995), and a 1994 solo Summer tour of seven French cities.
As composer, publisher, conductor and saxophone soloist, White was presented at the Mass Double Reed Orchestra of 300 Double Reed Instruments at the 32nd Annual Convention of The International Double Reed Society, in June 2003, at the University of North Carolina, at Greensboro, North Carolina.
The ten-year career of White as oboeist also includes study at Tanglewood, Massachusetts, in the summers of 1963 and 1966, The Dartmouth Community Orchestra, at Dartmouth College, study and performance of contemporary music at The Center Of Creative And Performing Arts, At the State University of New York, at Buffalo, on two Rockefeller Foundation Fellowships, 1965-1967, and his final position as principal oboist with the American Ballet Theatre, from January 1968 through August 1970.
As an electric bassist, White's most viable career spanned the decade 1966-1976. He was primarily the electric bassist with the singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder, from 1968 through August 1970, concurrent with his position as oboist with the American Ballet Theatre Orchestra. He was the principal electric bassist with the popular singing group The 5th Dimension, from 1970 through 1976. Among his most memorable recordings as an electric bassist is with the jazz-fusion super-group Weather Report's album, Sweetnighter, recorded in January, 1973, on Columbia Records.
On May 14, 2006, White was the 2006 Gold Medal Honoree of the French Society of Arts, Sciences, and Letters, in Paris. He shares the award with past honorees including violinist-conductor Lord Yehudi Menuhin, virtuoso trumpeter, Maurice André, composer Olivier Messiaen, and scientist-Nobel Prize laureate, Albert Schweitzer. White was the only American to receive this award for the year 2006.Academic
As a musicologist, White has published many musicological offerings through his music publishing firm, Andrew's Music, including The Works of John Coltrane, Vols. 1 though 14: 701 transcriptions of John Coltrane's Improvisations. Andrew White has "thoroughly and meticulously transcribed, encyclopeiasized, catalogued, documented, and self-published "the most significant linguistic contributor to the jazz language in the history of jazz, John Coltrane," writes Peter Occiogrosso, in The Soho News, New York (May 15, 1975). White's book on the music of John Coltrane, Trane and Me (1981), was also published in this manner.
On November 15, 2007, White was honored as a saxophonist by Howard University with the Benny Golson Master Award. He was presented in ceremony and concert, featuring the Howard University Jazz Ensemble (Fred Irby, Director), at Howard University's Andrew Rankin Chapel."-Wikipedia (http://wikivisually.com/wiki/Andrew_White_(saxophonist))
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"Ruth Ehrlich was for several years first violinist in the Fairfield Quartet. Since then her wide-ranging career has included playing with the English Chamber Orchestra, the contemporary music group Apartment House and the orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera House in New York. She has a music degree from King's College Cambridge. Ruth plays on a Nicolaus Gagliano violin of 1772."-Britten Sinfonia (https://www.brittensinfonia.com/people/ruth-ehrlich/)
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"Graduating from the Guildhall School of Music and the Royal College of Music with solo, chamber and contemporary music prizes, Hilary joined the Trio Sentire in Sweden, and then Ensemble Modern, based in Frankfurt. In a period of over 20 years she performed on both viola and violin with the Ensemble in all the principal concert halls and on radio stations in both hemispheres. The Ensemble gained worldwide attention with their collaboration with Frank Zappa in the Yellow Shark, along with many of our leading contemporary composers.
Hilary has guest-led many of the leading European contemporary chamber ensembles, and been a guest principle with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Ballet Rambert, and the Orchestra of St Johns Smith Square, She is a member of the Rasumovsky quartet, whose recent recordings include William Allwyn's 3 Quartets, and chamber music by James Friskin. As a member of Apartment House, a contemporary chamber ensemble, she was awarded the Philharmonic Society Award for the Most Outstanding Chamber Music in 2011.
Hilary is much in demand as a teacher, adjudicator and conductor throughout the UK. She is Head of Strings at St Paul's Girls' School, and Professor at the Royal College of Music. Hilary has coached and conducted many youth orchestras both here and abroad - LSSO, LSCO, NCO, Imperial College Orchestra, Guernsey Orchestra, and taught at Pro Corda, and Musicworks. She is a Diploma examiner for the Associated Board and an examiner for AQA exam board. This summer Hilary recorded the new 2015 syllabus Grades 1-4 for the Associated Board."-RCMJD (http://www.rcm.ac.uk/junior/rcmjdteachers/profile/?id=JD542)
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"Cellist Anton Lukoszevieze (born 1965 in the UK) is one of the most diverse performers of his generation and is notable for his performances of avant-garde, experimental and improvised music. Anton has given many performances at numerous international festivals throughout Europe and the USA (Maerzmusik, Donaueschingen, Wien Modern, GAS, Transart, Ultima, etc.etc.). He has also made frequent programmes and broadcasts for BBC Radio 3, Danish Radio, SR2, Sweden, Deutschland Rundfunk, WDR, Germany and ORT, Austria. Deutschlandfunk, Berlin produced a radio portrait of him in September, 2003. Anton has also performed concerti with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra at the 2001 Aldeburgh festival and the Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra. He has collaborated with many composers and performers including David Behrman, Alvin Lucier, Amnon Wolman, Pierre Strauch, Rytis Mazulis, Karlheinz Essl, Helmut Oehring, Christopher Fox, Philip Corner, Alvin Curran, Phill Niblock and Laurence Crane, He is unique in the UK through his use of the curved bow (BACH-Bogen), which he is using to develop new repertoire for the cello. From 2005-7 he was New Music Fellow at Kings College, Cambridge and Kettles Yard Gallery. Anton is the subject of four films (FoxFire Eins) by the renowned artist-filmmaker Jayne Parker. A new film Trilogy with compositions by Sylvano Bussotti, George Aperghis and Laurence Crane premieres at The London Film Festival, October 2008. In November will premiere a new hour long work by Christopher Fox for cello and the vocal ensemble Exaudi commissioned by the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and will also present new solo works for cello and live electronics. Anton is also active as an artist, his work has been shown in Holland (Lux Nijmegen), CAC, Vilnius, Duisburg (EarPort), Austria, (Sammlung Essl), Wien Modern, The Slade School of Art, Kettles Yard Gallery, Cambridge Film Festival and Rational Rec. London. His work has been published in Musiktexte, Cologne, design Magazine and the book SoundVisions (Pfau-Verlag, Saarbrucken, 2005). Anton Lukoszevieze is founder and director of the ensemble Apartment House, a member of the radical noise group Zeitkratzer and recently made his contemporary dance debut with the Vincent Dance Company in Broken Chords, Dusseldorf."-Kalvos Damian (http://www.kalvos.org/lukosze.html)
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"Antoine Chessex is a Swiss composer, saxophone player and sound artist born in 1980 in Vevey (CH).
His works assume a wide diversity of forms spanning compositions for ensembles, solo performances, sound installations and transdisciplinary projects. Chessex's compositions are characterized by textural density and microtonal tensions often resulting in sound masses addressing the physical dimensions of sound and spaces. The works of Antoine Chessex have over the years crossed the boundaries between noise, modern composition, improvisation and electronic music.
His solo works feature dense layers of sustained pitches reacting with the architecture of the space he's performing in or massive clouds of amplified sax resulting in intense live actions in total immersion in the sound.
He presents his works worldwide and appeared at numerous international venues and festivals in the United States, Japan, China, Russia and all around Europe.
Recent compositional works include "DUST" for 3 violins and electronics (2010), "Schichten" & "Ritournelle Fulgurante"commissioned by oh ton Ensemble (2013 & 2014), "Metakatharsis" & "Damage is done" commissioned by the Phoenix Ensemble in Basel (2011 & 2015), "Chute" for the Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin (2012), "Plastic Concrete" & "Accumulation" for Apartment House in London (2014 & 2015), "Les Abîmes Hallucinés" for the Ensemble Proton in Bern (2016) as well as numerous electronic music pieces.
Collaborations with musicians Lasse Marhaug, Zbigniew Karkowski, Jérôme Noetinger, Maja Ratkje, Valerio Tricoli, Dave Phillips, the noise band Monno, architect Christian Waldvogel and media artist Ulrike Gabriel (Flow, 2002)."-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antoine_Chessex)
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"Born April 1966, in Marseille, Jérôme Noetinger discovered experimental music under the influence of the Déficit Des Années Antérieures in Caen. Composer/improviser/sound artist working with electroacoustic devices. Composing sometimes musique concrete in the studio, and performing improvised music using electroacoustic devices such as: the reel to reel tape recorder Revox A77 and magnetic tape, analogue synthesisers, mixing desks, speakers, microphones, various electronic household objects and home-made electronica. Performing both solo and in ensembles, and collaborating often, and touring extensively internationally. Director of Metamkine, non-profit organisation dedicated to the distribution of improvised and electroacoustic music, which operates with an on-line mail order catalogue. Member of editorial committee of quarterly journal of contemporary sound, poetry and performance, Revue & Corrigée since 1987 Studied electronic music under the direction of Xavier Garcia from 1986 -1988 at COREAM in Fontaine. Organises studio workshops and conferences around such subjects as: musique concrete, improvisation, audiovisual experiments, questions of distribution and production. Active in the international music network since 1984 working with music, dance, films and painting Member of 102 rue d'Alembert, programming coordinator of exhibitions, concerts and experimental cinema from 1989 -1998 [bio continues...]"-Echoraum (http://www.echoraum.at/bios/jnoetinger.htm)
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