Rowland Sutherland Quartet w/ Ansuman Biswas, Pat Thomas and Guillaume Viltard Rowland’s quartet is a new dynamic group of highly respected musicians merging together to create something that is transcendental, colourful, expansive, otherworldly and deep. Music that is both driven and inventive with the occasional subterraneous excursions.! ! Evocative, worldly explorations of free improvisation, jazz and groove sounds with added inspirations from the Caribbean and India. Ethereal themes converge with hypnotic rhythms, celestial textures, raw shifting ostinatos, psychedelic dub waves, colliding counterpoints and layers of sostenuto. A rich blend of elements from this vibrant quartet that promises music-making that challenges as well as soothes the listener.
Frontiers: ICEBREAKER RECYCLED Recital Hall, Birmingham Conservatoire Ed Bennett Suspect Device Roy Carroll Towards-Against Matt Wright Clus Fields Paul Whitty new work Linda Buckley new work Julia Wolfe (arr. Poke) Big Beautiful Dark and Scary 12-piece contemporary music group, Icebreaker, launch their new project, based on the idea of recycling, with five new works and a classic. Ed Bennett’s Suspect Device recycles the eponymous song by Stiff Little Fingers, Roy Carroll uses feedback loops made from the sounds of people’s instruments, Matt Wright uses sampling to do his recycling live, and Paul Whitty recycles a whole piece from Icebreaker’s existing repertoire (Michael Gordon’s Yo Shakespeare), but with a startlingly different effect.
Formed in 2012, Cello Ensemble Tre Voci is made up of Norwegian cellist Torun Saeter Stavseng and British cellists/composers Gregor Riddell and Colin Alexander. All experienced soloists and chamber instrumentalists, Tre Voci programs music ranging from transcriptions of medieval and renaissance vocal music to contemporary commissions including the use of electronics and improvisation. Notes Inégales will perform first followed by Tre Voci. Finally Tre Voci and Notes Inégales will join to present a specially prepared set. Food from 7pm, performances from 8pm.
Brighton Festival Chorus Chamber Domaine James Morgan conductor St John Passion As Easter beckons, Brighton Festival Chorus returns to Brighton Dome for a special ‘in the round’ performance of JS Bach’s glorious St John Passion. First performed in Leipzig on Good Friday 1724, Bach’s powerfully meditative interpretation of the Gospel of St John is a work of startling immediacy yet subtle nuance, recreating the psychological and emotional conflict of Christ’s final days before His public trial and crucifixion. Bach’s dramatic vision is brought vividly to life in this intimate Proms-style performance, which takes the singers in and amongst the audience.
Icebreaker - Recycled Pushing the boundaries of Icebreaker’s music, working with new generation composers in experimental, improvised and electronic music, Recycled takes the group into new areas. Delving into the theme of recycling, from Ed Bennett's Stiff Little Fingers inspired new work, through to Paul Whitty's use of Icebreaker fragments recycled, improvised and distorted, and Roy Carroll’s recycling of sampled sounds. This project provides the band with a new perspective for the 21st century. Works and new commissions by Ed Bennett, Linda Buckley, Roy Carroll, Paul Whitty and Matt Wright, plus an arrangement of a seminal early 21st century work - Julia Wolfe's Big Beautiful Dark and Scary, a visceral and emotional response to the events of 9/11.
Flautist Rowland Sutherland enjoys playing in many different fields of music. He regularly performs in new music ensembles, jazz groups, symphony orchestras, improv groups, various non-Western groups, pop outfits and as a soloist.
Many of Rowland’s solo contemporary flute performances have been ...See Full Bio
“The first piece was entitled “Tsuru-no-Sugomori”, a traditional Japanese tune (translation “Nesting of Cranes”) arranged for Western flute by the Dutch composer/flautist Wil Offermans. It bears a dedication to the late shakuhachi master Katsuya Yokoyama, this particular arrangement deriving from the version that Yokoyama used to play. The second piece was “Honami” (“Wind blowing over the rice fields-creating waves”) written by Offermans for the Western flute but influenced by the shakuhachi. Sutherland created wonderful soundscapes through the amazing flexibility of his lips, tongue, throat and fingers. His flute fluttered and we sometimes heard octaves and chords. He proved that, if Kurahachi and Yokoyama are Eastern masters, then he is the Western equivalent.”