On May 2nd we are led by Layale Chaker, Lebanese classical/Arabic violinist and former member of our Academy Inégales. She brings both classical and Arabic musical sensibilities to her beautiful playing, a finely tuned ear, a gift for elaboration and decoration, here in new versions of music by Rameau, Purcell and Dowland, traditional Arabic music and new pieces. Rameau’s music features ‘notes inégales’ of course, swung, shifted notes, the inspiration for our music and our thinking. Her new CDwith her band Sarafand, has been a great success…
She will be playing alongside a fine ensemble, Hyelim Kim – taegŭm flute, Rihab Azar – oud, Colin Alexander cello, Martin Butler piano and myself on keyboard.
On May 16th we are joined by NEXT, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group’s academy for emerging performers who are in the midst of a year’s intensive immersion in all forms of contemporary music.
They will present the music of Rebecca Saunders, challenging, rigorous, vivid music – then collaborate with us and go on some improvised journeys.
For May 30th Gazelle Twin, who is a performance artist, composer and producer, will present something special with us. To give you a taste of what to expect from a Gazelle Twin performance, her latest live album, Kingdom Come is inspired by J.G Ballard’s final novel and explores tribalism, social conditioning and fascism in the contemporary suburban and consumer landscape. Commissioned by Future Everything Festival 2016 (Manchester, UK), the audio-visual performance features two vocalists on treadmills, set against a series of films and animated text by regular collaborators Chris Turner and Tash Tung.
And finally, on June 13th, Jasmin Kent Rodgman is curating an event with us. She is currently in Lanzhou on a British Council/PRS Foundation residency. She is working on the themes of memory and boundaries, and creating frameworks for a collection of miniatures, working with the famous Bei Dao poem, ‘I want to go to the other bank’. Last year she curated a great show for a Jerwood Composer Showcase – HUH – ‘seamlessly crossing poetry, new music, song and rap’.
It’s a great series looking, as ever, in an ‘inégales’ way, at many angles on contemporary women’s work.
You can get a season saver pass for Women’s Voices to secure a place at all four in-house performances, and get 4 events for the price of 3. That’s a 25% discount across four shows! Tickets for all the upcoming shows are available in the sidebar.
Look forward to seeing you there!
Artistic Director – Club Inégales