Miniaturised Concertos is a series of experimental double piano concertos, exploring the roles of the traditional double piano concerto, working with electroacoustics and film, chamber ensemble, extended techniques and duo, to create large scale effects from small forces. Commissions from Philip Cashian, Colin Riley, Katharine Norman, Naomi Pinnock, Andrew Poppy and electronics by technologist-composers, Peiman Khosravi and James Waterworth.
“.. the ambition of the‘ Miniaturised Concertos’ concert 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
“Ryoko Akama excelled herself.. in her short new work for two pianos and sine waves an dt wo; although not billed as a concerto, the piece threw up many issues associated with that idiom, its central deific sine tone, omnipresent and unchanging, declaring a challenging interaction with the pianos (played by Kate Halsall and Fumiko Miyachi), a struggle conducted with overwhelming gentleness.” 5 against 4
Leo Chadburn, Vapour Descriptors, “Clever and Lovely” Mara Carlyle, Late Junction, May 2015
Some of the work was developed with young musicians from South West Music School in Residencies at Dartington and with student led Chimera Ensemble at York University. The project began with a Residency at The Banff Centre in Canada in October 2012, made possible through the John and Sheilagh Langille Scholarship. The project is also supported by Arts Council England, Britten Pears Foundation and RVW Trust. Miniaturised Concertos | Maché will be released on Metier in Spring 2016.
6th December, 2014, 7pm, Goldsmiths piano duo/electronics+ensemble
Machés by Leo Chadburn, Duncan MacLeod, Ryoko Akama, Helen Papaioannou
Naomi Pinnock Always again (piano *duo premiere)
Colin Riley Hanging in the Balance (electronics by James Waterworth)
Katharine Norman Making Place duo, text and film
Andrew Poppy Swimming with the Stone Book piano duo+ensemble
November 16-17th 2013, Dartington Hall, Totnes with South West Music School
Pianists: Kate Halsall, Ruth Wall
Working with a mixed student ensemble from SWMS, we’ll be developing new commission Swimming With the Stone Book, for multi keyboards, percussion, guitars and bass during the Residency. The programme will also include some new arrangements of Andrew’s music and we’ll be performing all the new work at The Space studios.
March 12th and May 21st 2013, Falmouth University
Composer: Katharine Norman
Pianists: Kate Halsall, Fumiko Miyachi
We’ll be working with Katharine on her commission, “Making Place“, supported by Britten Pears Foundation, developing a piece for two pianos, improvisations and video. Through workshops we’ll also be exploring a range of ideas with student composers at Falmouth University and premiering all the new work on 21st May, 8pm at The Performance Centre, Cornwall.
April 5-7th 2013, Dartington Hall, Totnes with South West Music School
During the Residency we’ll be developing a new piece with composer Philip Cashian, Furor for mixed chamber ensemble and pianos which includes elements of improvisation and playback alongside notated music. We’ll be working on a number of new student pieces composed through the Residency, exploring different writing styles and ways of producing sound, including composer Colin Riley’s commission “Hanging in the Balance” for two pianos, resonating objects and electronically produced sound, re-creating our own orchestra. Student composers will be mentored by Colin over the two days and we’ll be performing all the new work on 7th April.
Pianists: Kate Halsall, Mary Dullea
Conductor: Maxime Tortelier
Stromatolite Residency | Hear the City
A collaboration that formed out of the ICT & Art Connect Hackathon event at NEM, Nantes, programmer Andrew, musician Kate and video artist Annalisa developed and built an art installation/performance that interacts with local social media feeds to present a compelling sonification of our interactive daily lives.
Hear the City takes random snapshots of social activity from specific localities through the conversion of Twitter feeds into musical notation, creating a reflection on both the endless invisible streams of metadata and the visible comments we throw out into the world.
Incorporating projections showing the origins of the Tweets and feeds, real time Instagram pictures and synthesised text to note sounds, the installation is accompanied by a live recital of the translated incoming texts by concept pianist Kate Halsall. Shifting effortlessly between the poignant and the humorous, this unique combination of analogue and digital, live performance and generative music, shines a compelling spotlight onto our social world.
Connecting Art and Technology: European trends and forward looking
A FET-ART panel will present the major findings of the project, delivering recommendations to the European Commission and outlining new research venues and best practices. The panel is made of: Marta Arniani (Sigma Orionis); Camille Baker (Brunel University); Lucas Evers (Waag Society); Svetlana Kondakova (Black Cube Collective); Michela Magas (Stromatolite). The session is moderated by Roger Torrenti.