bio

less rounded_cornersKate Halsall is a pianist developing and commissioning new music for a variety of projects.  Recent work includes Galvanize for Hack The Barbican, a programme of art installations, film and music; Hear the City, a music app design residency with StromatoliteMiniaturised Concertos | Maché, an album of new works for piano duo, electronics and ensemble, released on Metier, May 2016. She has performed widely in the UK and internationally including for Aldeburgh Music, The Piano- Glasgow City of Music, Ockham’s Razor (Not Until We Are Lost) with music by Graham Fitkin, hcmf// with Chimera Ensemble, Sonorities, Michael Clark Dance Company (Oh My Goddess), Tête à Tête Opera Festival, Colourscape, SBC Imagine Children’s Festival, Multiple Piano Day BBC Proms, Ether Festival, Marte Festival Malaga, IUC Rome, Festival of Dimitria Thessaloniki, Montclair University New Jersey, Colorado College, Festival de la Sainte Baume Provence, Timezones Festival Italy, The Banff Centre Canada, Onassis Cultural Centre Athens. 

“.. the ambition of the Miniaturised Concertosconcert with Kate Halsall and Fumiko Miyachi accompanied by the University of York s Chimera Ensemble, was inspirational; much character and vibrancy was on offer throughout the whole programme.”  Tempo, Issue 272, hcmf// 2014

an dt wo, Ryoko Akama at hcmf//, 5:4

Not Until We Are Lost (Mayfest), A Younger Theatre

A Quiet Life, Gramophone

Sustaining Ensemble, Journal of Music

Piano Circus featuring Bill Bruford, All About Jazz

Kate has worked with a number of ensembles including Andrew Poppy’s Sustaining Ensemble, piano duo duoDorT, as pianist/director in Piano Circus (02-12). Some current ensembles include electro-acoustic Galvanize Ensemble; trio of voice/percussion/keys with Melanie Pappenheim and Genevieve Wilkins; Bell Halsall duo (Boom residency) with Oxford Contemporary Music; SounDKard with Sarah Dacey and composer Duncan MacLeod; Halsall Miyachi piano duo. Performances have included Frontiers Festival, Acoustic Ecology Symposium, Dartington Hall, Oxford Contemporary Music, Multiple Piano Day BBC Proms, LIFEM, John Cage Uncaged (Musicircus, Barbican), Multiplier Series, Cutting Edge, iF Festival, Cheltenham Contemporary Concerts, sound festival, Sound Source (Plundering Žižek); residencies and festivals internationally including Montclair University New Jersey, Colorado College, The Banff Centre Canada (Miniaturised Concertos), ICT + Art NEM Summit Nantes, ICMC in Athens. 

Kate has commissioned and premiered works by composers including Kerry Andrew, Christine Abdelnour, Elo Masing, Helena Gough, Yuko Ohara, Ailís Ní Ríain, Duncan MacLeod, Andrew Morgan, Agustin Fernandez, Federico Reuben, Joel Bell, Shiva Feshareki, Colin Riley, Philip Cashian, Naomi Pinnock, Fumiko Miyachi, Andrew Poppy, Katharine Norman, Graham Fitkin, Dominic Murcott, Leo Chadburn, Ryoko Akama, Robert Szymanek, Helen Papaioannou, Richard Bullen, Nikki Franklin, Matthew Rowan, Laurie Bamon, Emma-Ruth Richards, sound artist Angie Atmadjaja and Edward Jessen. 

Kate co-produced Sound Source series for spnm with Ed McKeon at Kings Place and was founder/producer for Music and The Mind concert series at the IOP. She was producer for Music Orbit (Brunel University 03-13) with composer Colin Riley, an artist led network providing a platform for experimenting composers and performers at venues including The Forge, Vibe Bar, Kings Place, ICA and Shoreditch Town Hall.

Broadcasts have included BBC 2, BBC Radio 3’s In Tune and Late Junction, BBC Radio 4, Resonance fm, Icelandic National Radio. She has releases on Squeaky Kate (Triple Point and Quantulum) and Summerfold Records (Skin and Wire Piano Circus with Bill Bruford). 

Backtrack, Trilogies at Kings Place

sound festival, Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen

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