“Tender and heroically controlled” Ockeghem Octets, Antoine Beuger. Kate Molleson, Guardian
“..wry, fond, understated and slightly bonkers.” Guardian
“Clever and lovely” Leo Chadburn, Kate Halsall Vapour Descriptors Maya Carlyle, Late Junction
“poetic loveliness” (Leo Chadburn’s Vapour Descriptors with Kate Halsall), Peter Margasak, Best of Bandcamp Contemporary Classical (April 2021)
“Intriguing” ‘2 Steep 4 Sheep [some hills are]’ by Ailís Ní Ríain, Breathe in Me, The Wire magazine, Spenser Tomson (May 2021)
Kate Halsall performs and commissions new music for piano and other keyboard instruments. Kate’s solo performances often combine old/new music with improvised elements and electronics written for her by composers including Pippa Murphy, Colin Riley, Leo Chadburn and Rose Dodd among many others. She has released music on several labels including on Birmingham Record Label & NMC Recordings with her piano duo Cobalt, and Miniaturised Concertos | Maché, her album of new works and remixes for multiple pianos, electronics and ensemble released on Metier; and with Another Timbre for Ockeghem Octets.
Kate has performed at international festivals and series, including for Nonclassical, Blackheather Club and London International Festival of Exploratory Music; Cheltenham Festival, Belfast Book Festival, Marte festival Malaga, ICT + Art NEM Summit Nantes, Timezones festival Italy, The Barbican Centre (John Cage Uncaged), ICMC Onassis Cultural Centre Athens, ICU Rome, Peak Performances New Jersey; Sound Source London, Sonorities Festival of Contemporary Music Belfast, Oxford Contemporary Music, and Sound Scotland.
Kate has collaborated closely with a variety of musicians including Joel Bell, Sarah Dacey, Ruth Goller, Fumiko Miyachi, Stephen Hiscock; with groups from Fretwork to Bill Bruford. She’s worked a number of new music ensembles and companies: including Opera North, Mahogany Opera, as pianist/director in Piano Circus, for Andrew Poppy’s Sustaining Ensemble, with Michael Clark Dance Company (OH MY GODDESS 2003, as pianist for In Place by Colin Riley, and for Ockham’s Razor aerial theatre company (Graham Fitkin’s Not Until We Are Lost. Kate is the pianist/manager for Galvanize Ensemble, an electroacoustic group working with artists, film & text; creating cross disciplinary performances & exhibitions.
Kate has been able to develop new work and her ensemble practice, with residencies including Stromatolite, Aldeburgh Music, Banff Centre Canada, Bowed Piano Ensemble Colorado College, Derry University Residency with SoundKarD and as a Boom Artist for Oxford Contemporary Music. Other performances for solo and ensemble projects, have included at Frontiers Festival, Acoustic Ecology Symposium University of Kent, Dartington Hall, Multiple Piano Day BBC Proms, LIFEM, John Cage Uncaged (Musicircus, Barbican), Kings Place Multiplier Series, Cutting Edge, iF Festival, Cheltenham Contemporary Concerts, Sound Source (Plundering Žižek); The Piano- Glasgow City of Music, Ockham’s Razor (Not Until We Are Lost) with music by Graham Fitkin, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Sonorities, Tête à Tête Opera Festival, Colourscape Festival, Southbank Centre Imagine Children’s Festival, Multiple Piano Day BBC Proms, Ether Festival, Festival of Dimitria Thessaloniki, Festival de la Sainte Baume Provence.
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