A Noisy Christmas Medley with Stevie Wishart – Thursday December 7th

Dear friends,

For our special Christmas concert we welcome as guest the unique Stevie Wishart, a composer steeped in the traditions of folk and early music, who draws on electro-acoustic sound and improvisation and who is also a beguiling performer on violin and hurdy-gurdy.

The hurdy-gurdy is one of the oldest instruments of European invention. Both mechanical and expressive, with multiple drone strings, it has an extraordinary sound that is both timeless and musically undefinable. In Stevie’s hands it will take us from her medieval roots to the present as she performs her “Solos for bowed strings”  in set II.

For the main, final, set III, Stevie says she wants to construct an exploded, expanded hurdy-gurdy with the band. She says ‘think Leonardo sketches* and estampies of pure timbre’. It will culminate in the premiere of a new Christmas carol ‘Mistura Clamans die Natalis Christi’.**

Stevie has worked closely with the deeply poetic and spiritual music of 12thC Hildegard of Bingen in the last years, and surely we will hear that influence too. Joined by splendid resident band Notes Inégales, I especially can’t wait for the duos between her and our violin, Max Baillie.

Exploding hurdy-gurdy… maybe we won’t have exploding Christmas puddings, but we will offer you a glass of mulled (12thC) wine.

It’s Black weekend. Never knowingly undersold, we invite you to book by the end of Monday and we’ll give you 20% off. Just enter the code BLACKFRIDAY at checkout here to redeem your code. Do please get your tickets anyway – we have sold out over half of our recent concerts.

Hope to see you,

Peter Wiegold
Artistic Director
Club Inégales
*Leonardo da Vinci’s sketches from his Codex Atlanticus (1478 to 1519) and in the  “Lutherie” section (‘the art of making wooden musical instruments’) in volume five of L’Encyclopédie by Diderot et d’Alembert (Paris, 1767). Both scientists combine keyboard instruments (plucked or struck string action), with a wheel or wheels able to bow the strings which is a technology unique to the hurdy-gurdy and in classical music organology. In bringing this imagined material into our theoretical reflection I conjecture upon new musical instruments being improvised as a result of combining technologies – factive instruments combining imperceptibly to produce the sound of fictive ones …

**A Noisey Christmas Medley

Box Office Information

A Noisey Christmas Medley
Thursday 7th November 2017
Club Inégales, Euston
Tickets from £7.00