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.
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 Banff Centre in Canada in October 2012, made possible through the John and Sheilagh Langille Scholarship. The project was supported by Arts Council England, Britten Pears Foundation and RVW Trust. Miniaturised Concertos | Maché was released on Metier in Spring 2016.
“.. 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
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
Working with a mixed student ensemble from SWMS, we developed a commission by Andrew Poppy called Swimming With the Stone Book, for multi keyboards, percussion, guitars and bass. 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.