On our last date in this well-travelled ‘Renewal’ Spring Season 2017, we are welcoming one of New Zealand’s leading composers to Club Inégales, Warwick Blair, who brings us his innovative music and top-class ensemble -With soprano Mimi Doulton, pianist Kathryn Mosley, soprano trombone Torbjorn Hultmark and Warwick Blair and Tim Ewers on electronics – performing Blair’s music as well as a composition by Tim Ewers before being joined on stage by Notes Inégales for our season finale.
If Stockhausen had been a Zen Buddhist he could have been Warwick Blair.
– Sunday Star Times
One of New Zealand’s most original musical thinkers.
– NZ Herald
Date: Thursday 1 June
Time: 7pm (music from 8pm)
Venue: Club Inégales, 180 North Gower Street, NW1 2NB
Nearest stations: Euston, Euston Square & Warren Street
As always, there’ll be delicious food from Taste of India available on the night from 7pm and free WiFi.
WBE (Warwick Blair Ensemble):
Mimi Doulton (soprano)
Kathryn Mosley (piano)
Warwick Blair (electronic sound)
Tim Ewers work performed by:
Torbjörn Hultmark (soprano trombone)
Tim Ewers (live electronics)
Warwick Blair receives grateful assistance from Creative New Zealand
In the late 1980s, having barely begun what is now a 30-year career, composer Warwick Blair
was already being described as “one of New Zealand’s most original musical thinkers” (NZ Herald) and the “enfant terrible of New Zealand Music” (NZ Listener). Blair asserts that his collision of styles is his way of searching for a deeper meaning. Louis Andriessen (with whom Blair studied) talked about Blair creating a ‘universal metaphysical musical language’, just as Mahler desired his symphonies to be heard to represent the world. And this is Blair’s purpose, to permit eclectic diversity and temporal associations to offer exceptional musical freedoms, where all sound is equally relevant and musical hierarchies are levelled, so that something more abstract, more universal, can emerge.
is one of the most interesting of that generation of English composers born in the late 1950’s. His works, large scale or for small forces, steadfastly display to the ear an exciting blend of intuition and intellect. One element that reiterates itself in his music is melos (aka melody) – an element that nowadays is often ignored or abused. Tim Ewers is Associate Professor of Music at Kingston University and shares Blair’s interest in engaging with music from the past. Ewers’ music is regularly played and has been performed by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Quorum, The Varèse Ensemble, Delta Saxophone Quartet, The Fibonacci Sequence, Gemini, Jane’s Minstrels, and the Wallace Collection
British soprano Mimi Doulton
is a postgraduate scholar at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, studying with Gary Coward. In 2015 she graduated with first-class honours in Music from King’s College London, where she was a choral scholar. Her career has recently taken a focus on contemporary music – highlights of 2015/16 included research and development workshops for Philip Venables’ 4.48 Psychosis with the Royal Opera, covering and performing in the premiere run of Watch Me for the Guildhall Opera School’s MA in Opera Making and Writing, and performances of Judith Weir’s King Harald’s Saga across London, notably at the Wigmore Hall and St. John’s Smith Square.
Pianist Kathryn Mosley
is in demand as a recitalist and duo partner, performing at venues in the United Kingdom, Norway, Finland, New Zealand, Poland, Russia and the USA. She received a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music in London, after completing undergraduate study at the University of Auckland. Kathryn also works as an examiner for ABRSM and has recently gained a doctorate on the cadenzas to Beethoven’s piano concertos.
Soprano trombone Torbjörn Hultmark
was born in Stockholm, Sweden in 1957. He is a naturalised British citizen subsequent to having moved to the UK in 1985. Torbjörn studied trumpet and composition at the Gothenburg Conservatoire of Music and at the National Centre for Orchestral Studies, Goldsmith’s College, London. His main teachers were Bengt Eklund (Gothenburg) and John Wallace (London). Alongside his work as a member of notes inégales and the Headspace Ensemble, he works with orchestras and ensembles such as the London Sinfonietta, Philharmonia Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe as well as film and TV session work. Torbjörn has worked as a soloist with the Northern Sinfonia and with the BBC Philharmonic, on BBC Radio 3 and at the Albert Hall Proms. He was a founder-member of Chaconne Brass.