hcmf// 2013 programme

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Friday 15 – Sunday 24 November 2013


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Sun 24 Christine Cooper Dance Workshop 33 Heloisa Amaral + Ingeborg Dalheim UK Trio Gáman + Garth Knox Jeffery|Noriega UK W Lux Magnus Haglund Quiet Music Ensemble W Lau Nau Who Will Go Mad With Me W

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Sat 23 29 EXAUDI UK W Metastable Collective W 30 Evan Parker + Mark Solborg Trio Pre-concert talk: Dai Fujikura 31 Oslo Sinfonietta UK W 32 Inszenierte Nacht UK

Nicolas Hodges UK ICE: Fujikura UK E W Faint Noise UK W BCN 216: Parra UK Apartment House UK

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The Book of Heads UK ICE: Zorn W Arditti Quartet + Sarah Maria Sun UK Sacred Vocal Music E The Hermetic Organ UK

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Philip Thomas + Mark Knoop W Geneviève + Brigitte Foccroulle Ian Pace + Frederik Croene UK Pre-concert talk: Jakob Ullmann Jakob Ullmann W POING + Feed + John Butcher UK W

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Talk: Where do musical ideas come from? 12 voiceXtensions UK W Talk: Antoine Beuger – the Wandelweiser Group 13 Quatuor Diotima: Posadas UK 14 en una nocha oscura UK

Pre-concert talk: Rebecca Saunders Séverine Ballon UK W

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Mon 18 Music for large spaces Fukio Ensemble W Mei Yi Foo This is not percussion UK W Lisa Ullen + Philip Thomas – 2 pianos in Atrium Dialogues W ACM Ensemble Lauren Redhead rotaplane amigos Prayer: Sacred Music for Voice Solo UK edges ensemble W Anarchy in the Organism UK W Jennifer Walshe Pedro Alvarez Phill Niblock + Thomas Ankersmit Inconsistent Whisper

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UK Premiere


Sun 17 Pre-concert talk: Brian Ferneyhough 7 Quatuor Diotima: Ferneyhough UK W 8 ENOUGH ALREADY 9 Camerata Zurich: Guy UK Post-concert talk: Barry Guy 10 FREC W

Pre-concert talk: James Dillon Red Note Ensemble: Fennessy / Dillon UK Pre-concert talk: Cecilie Ore BBC Singers UK W London Sinfonietta: Haas UK Ensemble Linea + Irvine Arditti UK W

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Event Jennifer Walshe: GRÚPAT Jennifer Walshe: GRÚPAT Pre-concert talk: Hèctor Parra Arditti Quartet: Parra UK W A. – a shadow opera UK


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St Paul’s Hall St Paul’s Hall Phipps Hall The Loft @ Bates Mill Bates Mill Photographic Studio Bates Mill Photographic Studio Bates Mill Photographic Studio Bates Mill Photographic Studio Bates Mill Warehouse The Loft @ Bates Mill

St Pauls Hall Creative Arts Building Atrium Phipps Hall St Paul’s Hall St Paul’s Hall Lawrence Batley Theatre

St Paul’s Hall Lawrence Batley Theatre Phipps Hall St Paul’s Hall St. Thomas’ Church

Phipps Hall Lawrence Batley Theatre St Paul’s Hall St Paul’s Hall St Paul’s Hall

Phipps Hall Phipps Hall Phipps Hall St Paul’s Hall St Paul’s Hall Town Hall

CAM G/01, Creative Arts Building Hudawi Centre CAM G/01, Creative Arts Building St Paul’s Hall St Paul’s Hall

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Creative Arts Building Atrium Creative Arts Building Atrium St Paul’s Hall Phipps Hall Creative Arts Building Atrium St Paul’s Hall Phipps Hall St. Paul’s Hall St Thomas’ Church Creative Arts Building Atrium St Paul’s Hall Bates Mill Photographic Studio The Loft @ Bates Mill Bates Mill Photographic Studio Phipps Hall

CAM G/01, Creative Arts Building St Paul’s Hall Lawrence Batley Theatre St Paul’s Hall St Paul’s Hall Phipps Hall

CAM G/01, Creative Arts Building St Paul’s Hall CAM G/01, Creative Arts Building St Paul’s Hall Town Hall St Paul’s Hall

Huddersfield Art Gallery Bates Mill Photographic Studio St Paul’s Hall St Paul’s Hall Longside Gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park



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Byram Arcade


Hudawi Centre


Bates Mill (Loft, Warehouse & Photographic Studio)


Lawrence Batley Theatre


St Paul's Hall


St Thomas’s Church


Town Hall


Creative Arts Building (Phipps Hall & Atrium)


Huddersfield Art Gallery


Welcome to the 36th Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival! Graham McKenzie © John Bonner

This year’s Festival includes UK and world premieres by Brian Ferneyhough in his 70 th birthday year, major new works from Gérard Pesson, Rebecca Saunders, Alberto Posadas and Simon Steen-Andersen, and composer features for Dai Fujikura and Georg Friedrich Haas. Add to this the strong political voice of Cecilie Ore, and a full day of music devoted to the incomparable genius that is John Zorn – and it is clear that the artist is absolutely at the heart of this year’s programme! Unfettered by the restrictions of pre-determined themes, the diversity of today’s new music practice is reflected in a programme that encompasses transcripts from the Pussy Riot trials, scored by Cecilie Ore for the BBC Singers, Haas’ epic in vain, and a long overdue (complete) performance of Jakob Ullmann’s remarkable Son Imaginaire III. At the core of all this activity is of course this year’s Composer in Residence – Hèctor Parra. At a relatively young age Parra’s work is already astonishingly mature. Although undoubtedly in the tradition of ‘new complexity’ he is not afraid of melody, which often lends to his music a greater accessibility. Over the ten days of the Festival we explore the full range of Parra’s work, from the large scale Caressant l’Horizon, to the experimental FREC. Partnerships are key to all that we do at and I would like to thank the University of Huddersfield and BBC Radio 3 for their ongoing support. Our international programme is made possible through the Institut Ramon Llull, Music Norway and the Norwegian Embassy, the Danish Arts Council, the Danish Arts Foundation, the Danish Composers’ Society Production Pool/ KODA’s Fund for Social and Cultural Purposes, SNYK, Diaphonique, the Goethe-Institut and Pro Helvetia. My thanks of course go to all our partners, and full details can be found throughout the brochure. As ever, it is the audience which each year provides that unique Huddersfield atmosphere, and once again my thanks go to all of you who are taking the time to read this brochure. I look forward to welcoming you to Huddersfield in November.

Best Wishes Graham McKenzie Artistic Director


Talks hosts a series of free talks and discussions throughout the Festival with some of the world’s most distinguished artists. Friday 15 November Pre-concert talk 6.15pm, St Paul’s Hall Hèctor Parra Composer in Residence Hèctor Parra discusses his approach to composition, and what the listener might expect from his work, presented across the 10 days of the Festival. Saturday 16 November Pre-concert talk 11am, CAM/G01, University of Huddersfield James Dillon welcomes composer James Dillon back to the Festival for the UK premiere of New York Triptych – the latest of his ‘triptych’ pieces to be presented at Huddersfield. Saturday 16 November Pre-concert talk 3pm, CAM/G01, University of Huddersfield Cecilie Ore Ahead of the world premiere of Come to the Edge! composer Cecilie Ore discusses the strong political voice at the core of her practice, and the motivation for using the transcripts from the recent Pussy Riot trials in Russia in her newly commissioned work for the BBC Singers.

Sunday 17 November Pre-concert talk 11am, CAM/G01, University of Huddersfield Brian Ferneyhough Often referred to as ‘the Father of New Complexity’ composer Brian Ferneyhough in his 70th birthday year discusses his work, and the huge technical demands he places on the performer ahead of the world premiere of Schatten aus Wasser und Stein for string trio and oboe. Sunday 17 November Post-concert talk 9.15pm, St Paul’s Hall Barry Guy Composer and improviser Barry Guy discusses his most recent work Time Passing, co-commissioned by , and the ongoing influence of Celtic writers such as Beckett and Edwin Morgan on his work. Tuesday 19 November Pre-concert talk 12 noon, St Paul’s Hall Rebecca Saunders A new work from Rebecca Saunders is always an occasion to celebrate at and here, ahead of the world premiere of Solitude for solo cello, Saunders discusses the close working relationship between composer and performer that is so important to the development of her practice.


Tuesday 19 November 2.30pm, CAM G/01, University of Huddersfield Where do musical ideas come from? A discussion about inspiration, musical construction and the role of sketches in the creative process with Hèctor Parra, Beavan Flanagan (CeReNeM / composition scholar) and other PhD composers, chaired by Professor Liza Lim. Event hosted by CeReNeM http://hud.ac.uk/cerenem/ Tuesday 19 November 6pm, CAM/G01, University of Huddersfield Antoine Beuger – the Wandelweiser Group Co-founder Antoine Beuger provides an overview of the work of the increasingly influential Wandelweiser Group of composers. Founded in 1992 by Dutch-born flautist Beuger and German violinist Burkhard Schlothauer, the group runs its own publishing operation, Edition Wandelweiser, and its own record label. Wandelweiser music is often referred to as ‘silent music’ and is about ‘the evaluation and integration of silence(s) rather than an ongoing carpet of never ending sounds.’

Wednesday 20 November Pre-concert talk 7.15pm, St Paul’s Hall Jakob Ullmann A long overdue feature at for German composer Jakob Ullmann, who discusses the growing recognition for his work, and its influence on a younger generation of European composers and musicians, ahead of the long awaited first complete performance of Son Imaginaire III. Saturday 23 November Pre-concert talk 6.45pm, St Paul’s Hall Dai Fujikura Former recipient of ’s Young Composer’s Award, Dai Fujikura is now a unique voice on the international scene, with a host of collaborations as diverse as Boulez, Jan Bang and David Sylvian to his credit. He continues to receive numerous commissions from all over the world, and here he discusses his latest work Diamond Dust (Piano Concerto No 2) ahead of its world premiere performance. All talks will be hosted by BBC Radio 3 presenters Robert Worby and Sara Mohr-Pietsch unless stated otherwise. Please note – all information is correct at the time of going to print but may be subject to change


L earning & Participation Learning and Participation is central to ’s aim to make new music accessible to increasingly varied audiences and participants, offering creative and inspirational experiences whilst providing direct contact with high-profile, professional artists. Our year-round programme continues to develop relationships with a wide range of local communities, thanks to ongoing support from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. This year’s Festival will explore cultural diversity and ancient traditions through contemporary music’s connection with mythology and folk culture. The Festival will host Mytologier, on Sunday 24 November, in collaboration with the Danish Composers’ Society. The event will feature performances and workshops by Nordic and UK artists, and will have a varied programme of Learning and Participation activity attached, experimenting with oral tradition and identity, as well as facilitating an intercultural musical exchange through travelling workshops within the local community. See page 50 for further details. Led by Quatuor Bozzini, in partnership with , Composer’s Kitchen continues to offer young composers the opportunity to develop their craft with professional musicians. Described as a combination of

workshop, laboratory, playground and masterclass, two up-and-coming composers from the UK and two from Canada had the opportunity to have their compositions read, played, assessed, analysed, worked on and played again in Montréal in April this year. The resulting works by Seán Clancy, Amber Priestley, Simon Martin and Marielle Groven will be performed as part of 2013. Free Monday on 18 November will also support Professional Development, hosting shorts, which presents some of the most talented emerging performers and composers in new music. As usual, we offer visiting schools and groups great ticket discounts and information about curriculum links. is also an Arts Award Supporter. For information on our offer go to: www.hcmf.co.uk/hcmf-is-anArts-Award-Supporter To discuss your visit further please contact Sarah McWatt on +44 (0)1484 471116 or email s.mcwatt@hud.ac.uk

LUX © Ingvil Skeie Ljones

Sarah Jeffery © Claudia Hansen



Composer’s Kitchen Now in its ninth year (and its second year in its expanded format in collaboration with ), Quatuor Bozzini’s unique Composer’s Kitchen revolves around ‘the string quartet’. During an intensive week combining workshop, laboratory, playground and masterclass in Montréal in April, the quartet and mentor-composers Michael Oesterle and Laurence Crane observed the work of four up-and-coming composers from Canada (Simon Martin and Marielle Groven) and the UK (Seán Clancy and Amber Priestley), selected for their originality, creativity and artistic vision. During 2013 the composers, quartet and mentors will reconvene in Huddersfield, where their compositions will be read, discussed, rehearsed, analysed, reworked, and performed in a series of outcome performances – providing an exciting first-hand experience of the creative process! Produced by supported by British Council, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Socan Foundation and the University of Huddersfield Please note – details of the Composer’s Kitchen outcome events will be released on the website at a later date. Please keep checking www.hcmf.co.uk for details

Free Events

Quatuor Bozzini: Clemens Merkel violin Mira Benjamin violin Stéphanie Bozzini viola Isabelle Bozzini cello

All photos Š Lianne Finnie

10 Friday 15


E xhibitions & Installations Grúpat Renowned Irish art collective Grúpat come to Huddersfield for the first time. Spaces in Huddersfield Art Gallery and Bates Mill Photographic Studio will showcase Grúpat’s wide variety of approaches to sound, ranging from graphic scores to installations, silent films and sonic reliquaries, sculptures and the archives of tape experimentalist Caoimhín Breathnach. From their earliest incarnation as the riotous band of anarchic pranksters known as the ‘Avant Gardaí’, Grúpat have played on both the artistic and geographical margins of the Irish art scene, creating a body of work which is by turns joking and serious, provocative and engaging, sublime and enigmatic.

Huddersfield Art Gallery 4pm Launch Event

‘whimsical but radical’

Please note: there is no disabled access to the Photographic Studio; there will be limited access to Bates Mill Photographic Studio on Sunday 24 November due to Mytologier (p.50)

Produced by supported by The Arts Council of Ireland; South Dublin County Council’s INContext3 Per Cent for Art Programme, funded by the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government and the National Roads Authority, Ireland and Chelsea Art Museum, New York

Bates Mill Photographic Studio 5pm Launch Event Friday 15 – Sunday 24 November 10am – 5pm

© Grúpat

Alex Ross, The New Yorker

Friday 15 – Saturday 23 November Monday – Friday 10am – 5pm; Saturdays 10am – 4pm; Closed Sunday 17 November

Friday 15

November 11

Hans Sydow A sound installation based on stories from the present and the past, told through new media. The stories are collected in both Denmark, around the town of Sønderborg, and the UK, around Huddersfield, as part of Mytologier (see p.50). The composer, Hans Sydow, often takes the space between sound, poetry and music as a point of departure and works with language and real sounds as musical material.

Byram Arcade Friday 15 – Friday 22 November Monday – Saturday 10am – 5pm; Closed Sunday 17 November

Co-produced by and the Danish Composers’ Society and kindly supported by Nordic Culture Point

The Imagining of Things: Brass Art and Alistair MacDonald is pleased to be working alongside Brass Art and Alistair MacDonald at Huddersfield Art Gallery as they present The Imagining of Things as part of ROTO , Part II.

© Brass Art

This extraordinary installation presents a set of elaborate shadow plays created by Brass Art (Chara Lewis, Kristin Mojsiewicz and Anneké Pettican) with sound by composer Alistair MacDonald. By projecting and inscribing a set of alter egos and uncanny doubles onto the Brontë Parsonage they reveal unseen dimensions – the in-between spaces of the physical world and the realms of the imagination. ROTO is a two-year programme of exhibitions, public events and talks at Huddersfield Art Gallery featuring the transdisciplinary work of art and design staff from the University of Huddersfield, showcasing a community of artists, designers and curators whose ideas and connective practices migrate and span artistic production, techno-design research, craft and cultural studies.

Huddersfield Art Gallery Saturday 12 October – Saturday 21 December Monday – Friday 10am – 5pm; Saturdays 10am – 4pm; Closed Sundays

12 Friday 15


Arditti Quartet: Parra 1 The world renowned Arditti Quartet open the Festival with what promises to be a truly unmissable programme, pairing two UK premieres by 2013 Composer in Residence, Hèctor Parra – born in Barcelona, but currently based at IRCAM in Paris – alongside featured composer Georg Friedrich Haas’ powerful and complex seventh string quartet.

St Paul’s Hall 7pm

Produced by supported by Institut Ramon Llull as part of the Catalan series featured at 2013; also supported by Diaphonique

Hèctor Parra Fragments on Fragility

Tickets £20 (£18 concession; £16 online)

Georg Friedrich Haas String Quartet No 7

Hèctor Parra Leaves of Reality UK Premiere

Clara Maida new work World Premiere

UK Premiere

UK Premiere

Arditti Quartet: Irvine Arditti violin Ashot Sarkissjan violin Ralf Ehlers viola Lucas Fels cello

Hèctor Parra © Elisabeth Schneider

EXPERIMENTALSTUDIO des SWR: Thomas Hummel sound projection Simon Spillner sound projection Constantin Popp sound projection

Friday 15

November 13

A. – a shadow opera 2 is delighted to present the UK premiere of Cecilie Ore’s A. - a shadow opera, in a brand new mixed-media version. Ore’s work is often highly political, tackling important and current issues head-on. A. is an opera without voices singing. A. is an opera in which the human voice, and the words it produces, constitute the fundamental material of the composition. A. is an opera for voices and metal. A. is a shadow opera. ‘One can hear that A. is not an opera, but a musical X-ray of an opera. One hears the shadow of opera.’ Peter Larsen Produced by supported by Music Norway and the Norwegian Embassy

Tickets £15 (£13 concession; £11 online)

© Torbjørn Ljunggren

(inclusive of shuttle bus transfer)

Longside Gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park 10.30pm Cecilie Ore A. – a shadow opera UK Premiere

Cecilie Ore composer Paal-Helge Haugen text Torbjørn Ljunggren video Please note: limited availability, advance booking is essential; a shuttle bus to the Longside Gallery will leave the University of Huddersfield at 9.30pm, and will return following the performance

14 Saturday 16


Red Note Ensemble: Dillon 3 In the first of three appearances at 2013, Scottish contemporary music ensemble Red Note performs James Dillon’s New York Triptych, the final piece in his recent series, the first two instalments of which received their UK premieres at in 2009 and 2011. Plus a major new commission for ensemble and solo viola from Glasgow-based Irish composer David Fennessy, and, in a brief homage to the Auld Alliance, Bruno Mantovani’s D’un rêve parti.

St Paul’s Hall 12 noon

Produced by supported by Diaphonique, PRS for Music Foundation, Creative Scotland and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

Red Note Ensemble Garry Walker conductor Garth Knox viola

World Premiere

James Dillon New York Triptych UK Premiere

Bruno Mantovani D’un rêve parti

Red Note Ensemble © Paul Cowan

Tickets £15 (£13 concession; £11 online)

David Fennessy new work

Saturday 16

November 15

BBC Singers 4 A decade since their last appearance at the Festival, warmly welcomes back the exceptional BBC Singers to perform the world premiere of Cecilie Ore’s Come to the Edge!, co-commissioned by and BBC Radio 3. Ore’s new work pulls no punches in directly quoting from the recent Pussy Riot trials in Russia. The programme is completed by Charlotte Seither’s radical approach to choral texture and Bent Sørensen’s Und die Sonne geht Unter / Benedictus, which encourages the audience to ‘listen to the world through a veil of voices wrapped tightly around the listener’. Produced by supported by Music Norway, the Norwegian Embassy, The Danish Arts Council, The Danish Arts Foundation, Danish Composers’ Society’s Production Pool / KODA’s Fund for Social and Cultural Purposes, SNYK and Goethe-Institut London Come to the Edge! is co-commissioned by BBC Radio 3 and

Cecilie Ore © Elin Høyland

Tickets £15 (£13 concession; £11 online)

St Paul’s Hall 4pm Cecilie Ore Come to the Edge! World Premiere

Charlotte Seither Haut terrain UK Premiere

Bent Sørensen Und die Sonne geht Unter / Benedictus BBC Singers Nicholas Kok conductor

16 Saturday 16


London Sinfonietta: Haas 5 Described by Sir Simon Rattle as ‘one of the only already acknowledged masterpieces of the 21stcentury’, London Sinfonietta return to to perform this incredible 70 minute-long work by the Austrian composer, Georg Friedrich Haas. An optical illusion for the ears, this cult piece is inspired by the stairways in the lithographs of graphic artist Max Escher – evoking a sensation of always climbing higher, but finding yourself back in the same place again.

Town Hall 7.30pm Georg Friedrich Haas in vain UK Premiere

London Sinfonietta André de Ridder conductor

‘...waves of opulently strange, beautiful sounds ... it often seemed that supernatural forces were at work ... it was often hard to believe that these otherworldly sounds were coming from acoustic, not electronic, instruments ... a masterpiece.’ The New York Times Produced by

Georg Friedrich Haas © gmcastelberg.ch

Tickets £20 (£18 concession; £16 online)

Saturday 16



Ensemble Linea + Irvine Arditti 6 A stunning programme from Strasbourg-based contemporary music group Ensemble Linea, who are joined by virtuoso violinist Irvine Arditti in a performance of a brand new piece by James Clarke, jointly commissioned by and BBC Radio 3. Linea also present the UK premiere of Brian Ferneyhough’s Liber Scintillarum in his 70th birthday year. ‘Ferneyhough does demand extraordinary playing, and Ensemble Linea, they are really top performers.’ Sara Mohr-Pietsch on Hear and Now Produced by supported by Diaphonique, Ville de Strasbourg, Institut Français, Ministère de la culture et de la communication, SACEM, La culture avec la copie privée, SPEDIDAM and Région Alsace Professor Brian Ferneyhough is ST Lee Visiting Professorial Fellow for 2013-14 at the University of London’s School of Advanced Study 2013-V is co-commissioned by BBC Radio 3 and

Irvine Arditti © Alex Beldea

Tickets £20 (£18 concession; £16 online)

St Paul’s Hall 10.30pm Please note: this concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, audience members must be seated by 10.15pm Brian Ferneyhough liber scintillarum UK Premiere

Raphaël Cendo Rokh I UK Premiere

James Clarke 2013 - V World Premiere

Ensemble Linea Irvine Arditti violin

18 Sunday 17


Quatuor Diotima: Ferneyhough 7 World class string quartet Quatuor Diotima present a sensational concert. Featuring the extraordinary technical talents of soloist Christopher Redgate, Brian Ferneyhough’s Schatten aus Wasser und Stein receives its world premiere, whilst the first UK performance of Gérard Pesson’s new work is complemented by a classic of 20 th-century chamber music, Ligeti’s 1968 String Quartet No 2. ‘One of the five [string] quartets you should know about’

St Paul’s Hall 12 noon Gérard Pesson new work UK Premiere

Brian Ferneyhough Schatten aus Wasser und Stein World Premiere

Miroslav Srnka Engrams

Gramophone supported by Diaphonique

Professor Brian Ferneyhough is ST Lee Visiting Professorial Fellow for 2013-14 at the University of London’s School of Advanced Study Gérard Pesson’s new work is co-commissioned by Bayerischer Rundfunk, and Quatuor Diotima with support from the Ernst von Siemens Foundation

Tickets £15 (£13 concession; £11 online)

Quatuor Diotima: YunPeng Zhao violin Guillaume Latour violin Franck Chevalier viola Pierre Morlet cello Christopher Redgate oboe

Quatuor Diotima © Marion Gravrand

Produced by

UK Premiere

György Ligeti String Quartet No 2

Sunday 17


ENOUGH ALREADY 8 A music-theatre performance created by French composer and artist François Sarhan, ENOUGH ALREADY tells the story of Bobok, a man whose reading of a mysterious encyclopaedia drives him to take extreme action. Performed by an actor, five musicians and two live foley artists, and featuring film, stop-frame animation and fantastical costumes, ENOUGH ALREADY is a secular parable of real life versus idealism in which meanings and relations between people, objects and events become ever more unclear and ambiguous. Co-produced by LOD|muziektheater and Red Note Ensemble; supported by Diaphonique and Creative Scotland

ENOUGH ALREADY © François Sarhan

Tickets £15 (£13 concession; £11 online)

Lawrence Batley Theatre 4pm François Sarhan ENOUGH ALREADY Red Note Ensemble


20 Sunday 17


Camerata Zurich: Guy 9

Produced by supported by Pro Helvetia, Schweizerischen Tonkünstlerverein and Fondation SUISA Time Passing is co-commissioned by

and Pro Helvetia

Tickets £15 (£13 concession; £11 online)

St Paul’s Hall 8pm Barry Guy Time Passing UK Premiere

Camerata Zurich Anja Lipfert soprano Matthew Brook bass-baritone Savina Yannatou improvising voice Barry Guy double bass

Barry Guy © Francesca Pfeffer

The words of three poets, three singers and a string orchestra combine to take us through a journey of time and introspection. Poets Kerry Hardie (Ireland) and Edwin Morgan (Scotland) present parallel observations of their lives, whilst Samuel Beckett’s Ping takes us to an existential state of contemplation and questioning.

Sunday 17

November 21

FREC 10 ‘With the composition of FREC, Agustí Fernandez and I considered the possibility of creating a large-scale piano form that crosses the boundaries between the pianistic tradition of the European contemporary music and the world of improvised music, post-free jazz and non-Western musical traditions. We decided to work together in such a way that Agustí’s musicality becomes a main compositional force, and my compositional thought is transformed literally into a “body of sound”. This vast and extreme pianistic building of sound will form a kind of acoustic cosmogony in the form of a “piano-human” boucle or loop, making it difficult to distinguish between the human and the instrument, between living form and inert matter. Finally, all becomes a “body of sound” conformed by the same, unique and indivisible matter.’ Hèctor Parra Produced by supported by Institut Ramon Llull as part of the Catalan series featured at 2013; also supported by Diaphonique

FREC © Hèctor Parra

Tickets £10 (£8 concession; £7 online)

Phipps Hall 10.30pm Hèctor Parra FREC World Premiere

Agustí Fernandez piano Hèctor Parra electronics

22 Monday 18


shorts Music for Large Spaces The University of Huddersfield Chamber Choir opens shorts with Music for Large Spaces, an eclectic programme of four short works ranging in style from minimalism to religious sanctums such as In splendoribus sanctorum, Macmillan’s communion motet for Nativity Midnight Mass (Psalm 109: 3).

CAB Atrium 11am Kerry Andrew O lux beata Trinitas Arvo Pärt Solfeggio Christopher Fox America James Macmillan In splendoribus sanctorum

Produced by

University of Huddersfield Chamber Choir

Fukio Ensemble

CAB Atrium 11.20am

Fukio Ensemble explores two opposite presentations of the saxophone quartet. Xenakis’ piece is based on the pure (raw) sound of the saxophone quartet, using stochastic processes and focussing on the altissimo register in all members of the saxophone family. Jonathan Cole’s piece will explore a completely different palette of sounds, making this contrasting programme a unique opportunity to hear the saxophone quartet in its full dimensions.

Iannis Xenakis XAS Jonathan Cole new work World Premiere

Produced by

Fukio Ensemble: Quino Saez soprano saxophone Xavier Larsson alto saxophone Chema Bañuls tenor saxophone Xabier Casal baritone saxophone

Mei Yi Foo

St Paul’s Hall 12 noon

Unsuk Chin’s extremely virtuosic Klavieretuden was initially started in 1995, and revised and completed in 2003. Chin’s set of six pieces takes up and develops the legacy of her mentor Ligeti, incorporating the sound-world of the 19 th-century virtuoso concert etude with her own evocation of non-western elements. Produced by

Free Events

Unsuk Chin Six Piano Etudes Mei Yi Foo piano

Monday 18

This is not percussion Simone Beneventi plays works for solo percussion and electronics by Chikako Morishita, Francesca Verunelli and Aaron Einbond, testing the boundaries of the medium. Expanding his virtuosic performance with live computer interaction and incorporating a prepared steel-string guitar and unexpected found objects into his instrumentation, Beneventi keeps the listener on edge with energy and astonishment.

November 23

Phipps Hall 12.40pm Chikako Morishita new work for solo percussionist World Premiere

Francesca Verunelli #3987 Magic Mauve UK Premiere

Aaron Einbond Silent Screen UK Premiere

Produced by

Simone Beneventi percussion Aaron Einbond live electronics

Lisa Ullen + Philip Thomas – 2 pianos in Atrium dialogues

CAB Atrium 1.10pm

Three newly composed experimental pieces for Lisa Ullen and Philip Thomas using the architectural space of the Creative Arts Building Atrium as an integral part of the composition process. The performers respond to graphic scores, creating post-tonal piano dialogues – of space, minimal/ nostalgic gesture.

Monty Adkins Jumelle World Premiere

Rose Dodd Aandacht World Premiere

Ryoko Akama Gagaku World Premiere

Produced by

Philip Thomas piano Lisa Ullen piano

ACM Ensemble

St Paul’s Hall 2pm

The Viola in My Life series is unusual in Feldman’s output, not least for its marked lyrical, almost melodic, impulse that informs the viola line. Consisting of four works for differing instrumentation (the last being for viola and orchestra) they represent Feldman’s move from graphic notation back to conventional scoring. Produced by

Morton Feldman The Viola in My Life I, II and III ACM Ensemble: Felix Niël flute Robbie Gardiner clarinet Michael Davies piano / celesta Delia Stevens percussion Kay Stephen violin Katrina Brown viola Michelle So cello Carlos del Cueto conductor

24 Monday 18


shorts Lauren Redhead Three new pieces for organ and electronics by Martin Iddon, Stuart Russell and Huw Morgan explore the breadth of the sonic and performance possibilities for the combination of organ and electronics as both an extended and a composite instrument, showcasing unexpected and exciting new sounds and approaches.

Phipps Hall 2.50pm Martin Iddon Balanos Stuart Russell Epiphany for Organ and Electronics Huw Morgan new work Lauren Redhead organ / electronics

Produced by

rotaplane amigos

St Paul’s Hall 3.30pm

rotaplane amigos is an improvisation collective, led by Stephen Chase and featuring three to six performers from his regular collaborators: bowing, whirling and (free) reeds – from Ornette’s southpaw scrabble to Micronesian drones. In like (Henry) Flynt and out like Douglas Hofstadter, ‘I am a strange loop.’

Stephen Chase erhu Nathan Bettany oboe Luke Poot voice / miscellaneous Jon Marshall harmonium + special guests

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Prayer: Sacred Music for Voice Solo

St Thomas’ Church 4.30pm

Prayer can take place in various forms: spoken silently, sung and spoken out loud. Soprano Irene Kurka has designed a diverse and emotional programme of music involving different aspects of prayer, in which the pieces show qualities of contemplation, silence, consolation and the infinity and glory of God.

James Weeks The World in Tune

Antoine Beuger Vater unser UK Premiere UK Premiere

Sidney Corbett Gebet UK Premiere

Dante Boon and/nor UK Premiere

Nikolaus Brass Benediktionen UK Premiere

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Eva-Maria Houben a-men UK Premiere

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Irene Kurka soprano

edges ensemble The edges ensemble presents two works of politically-charged collective action. One of Wolff’s later Prose Pieces precedes the premiere performance of a new collection of songs, composed for edges ensemble by radical postminimalist Nick Williams.

Monday 18

November 25

CAB Atrium 6pm Christian Wolff X for Peace Marches Nick Williams Sabotage Songs World Premiere

edges ensemble

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Anarchy in the Organism A deceptively simple premise with intricate results, a human perspective on complex scientific issues… Anarchy in the Organism is a study in music and light which illuminates these contradictions though live and electronic sound and image. Produced by

St Paul’s Hall 7pm Simeon Nelson / Rob Goldman / Nick Rothwell Plenum Dai Fujikura Sakana World Premiere

Dai Fujikura Halcyon UK Premiere

Dai Fujikura Flux Simeon Nelson / Rob Goldman / Nick Rothwell Anarchy in the Organism World Premiere

Goldfield Ensemble Kate Romano clarinet Simeon Nelson / Rob Goldman / Nick Rothwell sound, light projection, visuals

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shorts Jennifer Walshe

Bates Mill Photographic Studio 8.30pm

Award-winning Irish composer and performer Jennifer Walshe performs her own work in an evening of experimental composition and film. ‘The most original compositional voice to emerge from Ireland in the past 20 years’ (The Irish Times) and ‘Wild girl of Darmstadt’ (Frankfurter Rundschau), Walshe is known for her extended vocal techniques and virtuoso solo performances.

Dermot O’Reilly, Brian Sheridan, Jennifer Walshe HISTORICAL DOCUMENTS OF THE IRISH AVANTGARDE VOL. 1: Dada Jennifer Walshe ALL THE MANY PEOPLS Jennifer Walshe voice

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Pedro Alvarez Improvisation on extended electric guitar that draws on a diverse range of unorthodox techniques. Taking the form of quasi meditations that discover new sound possibilities from the instrument’s mechanics, Alvarez’s improvisations transit from subtle textures to violent outbursts.

The Loft @ Bates Mill 9.30pm Pedro Alvarez electric guitar

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Phill Niblock + Thomas Ankersmit

Bates Mill Photographic Studio 10pm

A very special concert to celebrate the work of minimalist microtonal composer and filmmaker Phill Niblock in his 80th year, and the 10th anniversary of his duo with saxophonist and analogue synthesist Thomas Ankersmit. Intense, immersive durational music develops an almost architectural character in a live setting, accompanied by projections of Niblock’s films.

Phill Niblock composition, films

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Thomas Ankersmit composition, Serge analogue modular synthesizer, computer

Monday 18

Inconsistent Whisper ‘Light almost solar has been extracted from the refuse of fish: fire has been sifted by the lamp of Davey; and machinery has been taught arithmetic instead of poetry’ Charles Babbage

‘Inconsistent Whisper is playing with our struggle between fear and assurance in technological progress. Sequenced Stage Lights take not only the role of illuminating the performer’s craft but also reveal their oppressive potential. The musical machine breakers might beat the Sequencer or retreat into the dark where opposition is not seen but heard.’ Torsten Lauschmann Produced by supported by Creative Scotland and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation Inconsistent Whisper was originally premiered at the Counterflows Festival in 2012, and has subsequently been developed at Woodend Barn, Banchory

November 27

Phipps Hall 11.30pm Torsten Lauschmann Inconsistent Whisper Red Note Ensemble

28 Tuesday 19


Séverine Ballon 11 French cellist Séverine Ballon presents a world premiere by British composer Rebecca Saunders, whose RPS award-winning string quartet Fletch was performed at 2012. Having worked closely with both Saunders and Lanza, Ballon also performs the UK premiere of a new version of the latter’s la bataille de Caresme et de Charnage for cello and electronics. Another British premiere from Composer in Residence Hèctor Parra, and James Dillon’s classic 1981 piece Parjanya-Vata round off a spectacular programme. Produced by supported by Institut Ramon Llull as part of the Catalan series featured at 2013; also supported by Diaphonique

St Paul’s Hall 1pm Rebecca Saunders Solitude World Premiere

James Dillon Parjanya-Vata Hèctor Parra tentatives de réalité UK Premiere

Mauro Lanza la bataille de Caresme et de Charnage UK Premiere

Séverine Ballon cello

Solitude is commissioned by with funds from Diaphonique, the Franco-British Fund for Contemporary Music, and Südwestrundfunk for the ECLAT Festival Stuttgart

Séverine Ballon © Roselyne Titaud

Tickets £10 (£8 concession; £7 online)

Tuesday 19

November 29

voiceXtensions 12 Experimental vocalist Ute Wassermann presents compositions in which a variety of objects and musical instruments multiply, mask and resonate her voice. Her diverse vocal personae are accompanied by Michael Vorfeld’s illumination performance, staged using a variety of light bulbs, fluorescent tubes, torches and projectors, on which he also performs short and silent light solos. Produced by supported by Goethe-Institut London, The Danish Arts Council, The Danish Arts Foundation, Danish Composers’ Society’s Production Pool / KODA’s Fund for Social and Cultural Purposes and SNYK

Tickets £10 (£8 concession; £7 online)

Hudawi Centre 4pm Cathy van Eck Song No 3 UK Premiere

Matthias Kaul Silence is my voice UK Premiere

Michael Maierhof splitting 18 UK Premiere

Andrew Noble Zwischendurch UK Premiere

Ute Wassermann Schwarm 3 UK Premiere

Michael Vorfeld & Ute Wassermann Another Light Bulb Song UK Premiere

Richard Barrett Dying Words World Premiere

Simon Steen-Andersen Study for String Instrument #2 World Premiere

Ute Wassermann © Michael Vorfeld

Ute Wassermann voice Michael Vorfeld lighting design

30 Tuesday 19


Quatuor Diotima: Posadas 13

‘Great is your temptation, shadows, great is the temptation of time. Your music is charming and sad. As sounds of things you have wrapped my being, to reveal it in music of shadows’ THE TEMPTATION OF THE SHADOWS, (The Book of Delusions) by Emil Cioran

‘Diotima, who gain in maturity with each defining encounter, are outstanding: individual virtuosity..., an ensemble of magnificent homogeneity..., the detail is precise, the sound luxuriant’ Pierre Rigaudière, Diapason Produced by supported by Diaphonique and Goethe-Institut London

Tickets £15 (£13 concession; £11 online)

St Paul’s Hall 7.30pm Alberto Posadas Sombras: Elogio de las sombras (Praise of the shadows) Tránsito I La tentación de las sombras (The temptation of the shadows) Tránsito II Del reflejo de la sombra (Of the reflection of shadow) UK Premiere

Quatuor Diotima: YunPeng Zhao violin Guillaume Latour violin Franck Chevalier viola Pierre Morlet cello Sarah Maria Sun soprano Carl Rosman clarinet

Sarah Maria Sun © Brian Slater

Quatuor Diotima make their second appearance at 2013, this time joined by soloists Carl Rosman and Sarah Maria Sun to present the UK premiere of Spanish composer Alberto Posadas’ song cycle Sombras.

Tuesday 19

November 31

en una nocha oscura 14 Time and silence come into intense focus in a rarelyperformed four-hour work by the Dutch flautist and founder of the Wandelweiser collective, Antoine Beuger. The Huddersfield-based edges ensemble is joined by German soprano and long-time Wandelweiser collaborator Irene Kurka and guest director James Weeks, in this mesmeric setting of St John of the Cross. Produced by

supported by Goethe-Institut London

© Francisco Javier Martín Fernández

Tickets £10 (£8 concession; £7 online)

St Paul’s Hall 10pm Please note: the duration of this performance is 4 hours Antoine Beuger en una noche oscura UK Premiere

edges ensemble Irene Kurka voice James Weeks conductor

32 Wednesday 20


Music for Two Pianos The term piano duo can refer both to a genre of music, written for two pianists to play at either one or two pianos, or alternately to the two pianists themselves. Throughout history there has been a growing list of notable performers who appeared, and are primarily known, as piano duos in classical music. Here, however the emphasis is firmly on music composed for two pianos, and four hands! None of the combinations we present here are (yet) recognisable as a ‘piano duo’, not even the Foccroulle sisters who in fact have rarely professionally performed together as a ‘duo’! Graham McKenzie, Artistic Director,

Philip Thomas + Mark Knoop 15 Classic and recent experimental music for piano duet and two pianos, exploring activity and interactivity. Provoking, affecting, ignoring, subverting the norms of chamber music; actions unseen, but not unheard? Curiosity and surprise result from investigation – sounds the result of anomalous relationships. Produced by

Tickets £10 (£8 concession; £7 online)

Phipps Hall 1pm Kunsu Shim quasi a due Peter Ablinger Ohne Titel 1-10 Christian Wolff Duet I Newton Armstrong new work World Premiere

John Cage Winter Music Philip Thomas piano Mark Knoop piano Geneviève Foccroulle © Michel Laborde

Wednesday 20

November 33

Geneviève Foccroulle + Brigitte Foccroulle 16 Sisters Geneviève and Brigitte Foccroulle perform a programme of works by composers who produced avant-garde European and American music in Liège, Belgium. The concert begins with Henri Pousseur and his open forms, entering the 70s with Philippe Boesmans and his explosive rhythms and dynamic harmonies, and the politically committed music of Frederic Rzewski. These different threads all opened the way to a new generation of young composers with individual styles, such as Baudouin de Jaer, Michel Fourgon and Paula Defresne.

Phipps Hall 3pm

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Paula Defresne Un tas de petites choses

Tickets £10 (£8 concession; £7 online)

Henri Pousseur Mobiles Philippe Boesmans Sur Mi Frederic Rzewski Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues Baudouin de Jaer Crocus 1 Michel Fourgon Digitales de Nuit

Geneviève Foccroulle piano Brigitte Foccroulle piano

Ian Pace + Frederik Croene 17 What does virtuosity mean in the 21st-century? Hasn’t the physical battle already been lost in a computerised world? In Ian Pace and Frederik Croene’s eclectic programme, Michael Beil dissects virtuoso ensemble playing in reflective sounds and video images, Michael Finnissy takes on Carl Czerny’s mechanical etudes and Adam de la Cour’s Con-join for two handcuffed pianists pushes the boundaries of physical limitations. Co-produced by TRANSIT and

Tickets £10 (£8 concession; £7 online)

Phipps Hall 5pm Michael Finnissy Derde symphonische etude UK Premiere

Adam de La Cour Con-join UK Premiere

Evan Johnson ‘atendant, souffrir’, lists, little stars UK Premiere

Konrad Boehmer Furientanz UK Premiere

Michael Beil Doppel

Special Offer: book for all three piano duo concerts via the Box Office and see all three concerts for £20 – please quote ‘ piano offer’ when booking

Ian Pace piano Frederik Croene piano

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Jakob Ullmann 18

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St Paul’s Hall 8pm Jakob Ullmann Son Imaginaire III World Premiere

n s m b l: Dafne Vicente-Sandoval bassoon Joris Rühl bass clarinet Lawrence Williams alto saxophone Christian Kobi soprano saxophone Ellen Fallowfield cello Deborah Walker cello Albin Lebossé french horn Jane Dickson piano

Jakob Ullmann © Frank Bauer / The Wire

Never before performed in its entirety despite having been written in 1989, Jakob Ullmann’s Son Imaginaire III receives its world premiere at 2013. Rarely performed in the UK, the Naumburg-based composer’s work is characterised by intricate graphic scores and soft, delicate sounds exploring the subtleties of pitch and timbre, further enhanced in Son Imaginaire III by the musicians being split up into groups positioned around the venue. Contemporary music group n s m b l make their Huddersfield debut at what promises to be one of the Festival’s most unmissable events.

Wednesday 20

November 35

POING + FEED + John Butcher 19 In their unusual collaboration, the Scandinavian ensembles POING and FEED bring together improvisation, notated music and acousmatic sound in an unexpected and playful way. With a world premiere by Natasha Barrett we are invited to discover sounds like treasures from a ‘collector’s chest’; Erik Peters’ piece Infantile Omniscience challenges the musicians to reproduce and reinterpret their own pre-recorded improvisations. Produced by supported by Music Norway and the Norwegian Embassy

Tickets £15 (£13 concession; £11 online)

Town Hall 10pm Natasha Barrett A Collector’s Chest World Premiere

Erik Peters Infantile Omniscience UK Premiere

POING: Rolf-Erik Nystrøm saxophones Frode Haltli accordion Håkon Thelin double bass FEED: Raymond Strid drums Magnus Andersson guitar

Rolf-Erik Nystrøm + Erik Peters © Magdalena Fronczak

John Butcher saxophone Erik Peters live electronics

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Thursday 21

November 37

The Book of Heads 20 35 etudes for solo guitar in idiosyncratic notation that can be played as written, or used as jumping off points for improvisation.

Phipps Hall 1pm John Zorn The Book of Heads UK Premiere

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Tickets £10 (£8 concession; £7 online)

James Moore guitar

ICE: Zorn 21 The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) presents this unique and diverse portrait of saxophonist / composer / provocateur John Zorn in honour of his 60th birthday. Zorn’s singular musical voice reflects the trust and enthusiasm he carries for the musicians with whom he collaborates. This concert showcases ICE’s close friendship and admiration for him and his music, including a recent work based on Shakespeare’s The Tempest, and the world premiere of a new work for ICE.

Lawrence Batley Theatre 3pm John Zorn The Steppenwolf John Zorn Walpurgisnacht John Zorn The Tempest John Zorn Illuminations

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John Zorn Canon for Stravinsky

Tickets £15 (£13 concession; £11 online)

John Zorn Baudelaires World Premiere


38 Thursday 21


Arditti Quartet + Sarah Maria Sun 22 An all-Zorn programme for strings taken to a different level by the Arditti Quartet including a new work Pandora’s Box, commissioned by Irvine Arditti – a drama for string quartet and soprano featuring soloist Sarah Maria Sun. The programme is completed by Necronomicon – a five-movement tour de force, and arguably Zorn’s most intense ensemble writing to date, and the virtuosic lyricism that is The Alchemist. Produced by

supported by Goethe-Institut London

Tickets £20 (£18 concession; £16 online)

Sacred Vocal Music 23 Zorn’s sacred vocal music performed with a potent intensity. The Holy Visions explores the life, work and philosophy of 12th-century composer, healer and visionary mystic Hildegard von Bingen, while Earthspirit is a curious and eclectic setting of The Song of Amergin, the oldest Celtic text. Zorn’s celebrated first Book of Madrigals completes the programme. Produced by

Tickets £10 (£8 concession; £7 online)

St Paul’s Hall 7.30pm John Zorn Necronomicon John Zorn Pandora’s Box UK Premiere

John Zorn The Alchemist Arditti Quartet: Irvine Arditti violin Ashot Sarkissjan violin Ralf Ehlers viola Lucas Fels cello Sarah Maria Sun soprano

St Paul’s Hall 10pm John Zorn Madrigals European Premiere

John Zorn The Holy Visions John Zorn Earthspirit European Premiere

Lisa Bielawa soprano Jane Sheldon soprano Sarah Brailey soprano Mellissa Hughes soprano Abby Fischer mezzo-soprano Kirsten Sollek contralto

Thursday 21

November 39

The Hermetic Organ The day will conclude with a grandiose finale: a free solo concert with John Zorn returning to his first instrument – the church organ! Zorn’s music for church organ is breathtakingly beautiful, and distinguished by a spiritual mood. The church organ is the perfect outlet for Zorn’s dramatic sense of colour and contrast; we hear the composer’s mind at work in all its permutations – huge blocks of sound, chords, clusters, counterpoint, drones, ostinatos, and lyrical melodies – often all at the same time!

St Paul’s Hall 12 midnight John Zorn The Hermetic Organ, Office No II UK Premiere

John Zorn organ

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Special Offer: book for all four ticketed John Zorn events via the Box Office and see all four concerts for £40 – please quote ‘ Zorn offer’ when booking

40 Friday 22


Nicolas Hodges: Parra 24 London-born, Stuttgart-based pianist Nicolas Hodges performs 2013 Composer in Residence Hèctor Parra’s Piano Sonata. ‘At the end of this dialectic process of development, new textures are born: special energetic states that blur the attacks into a flowing, electric and vibrating high pitched pianistic sound whose spectrum is constantly transformed in its multiple directions. These transformations create a concrete form that is at the inner core of the piece’s architecture.’ Hèctor Parra

Parra’s Cos de matèria, Thomalla’s rhapsodic Piano Counterpart and Ferneyhough’s notoriously demanding yet electrifying Lemma-Icon-Epigram complete a programme confirming Hodges’ position at the forefront of contemporary piano music.

St Paul’s Hall 1pm Hans Thomalla Piano Counterpart UK Premiere

Hèctor Parra Cos de matèria - Antoni Tàpies in memoriam UK Premiere

Brian Ferneyhough Lemma-Icon-Epigram Hèctor Parra Piano Sonata UK Premiere

Nicolas Hodges piano

Produced by supported by Institut Ramon Llull as part of the Catalan series featured at 2013; also supported by Diaphonique

Hèctor Parra by Manu Theobald © Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation

Tickets £15 (£13 concession; £11 online)

Friday 22

November 41

ICE: Fujikura 25 London-based composer Dai Fujikura bookends this program with two colourful works that capture the sensitivity and virtuosity of the musicians of International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE). Phantom Splinter conjures a forest of sound through the inventive use of live electronics, while ice, written for ICE in 2009, is a sparkling chamber concerto that ebbs and flows in beautiful synchronicity.

Lawrence Batley Theatre 3pm

Fujikura’s works are paired with pieces by frequent ICE collaborators. Felipe Lara’s Som(b)ra II and Phyllis Chen’s Mobius are two powerful and highly personal works that emerge from the ICElab commissioning program, while George Lewis’ early Shadowgraph is a brilliant collage of written and improvised music that hints at the breadth of Lewis’ creative genius.

Phyllis Chen Mobius

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ICE © Chad Batka

Tickets £15 (£13 concession; £11 online)

Dai Fujikura Phantom Splinter Felipe Lara Som(b)ra II World Premiere

George Lewis Shadowgraph 5 UK Premiere

European Premiere

Dai Fujikura ice ICE

42 Friday 22


Faint Noise 26

Produced by supported by Music Development and Heritage Sweden and the Swedish Arts Council

Tickets £10 (£8 concession; £7 online)

Phipps Hall 5pm Hanna Hartman new work World Premiere

Dominik Karski Certainty’s Flux UK Premiere

Malin Bång Split Rudder UK Premiere

Malin Bång purfling UK Premiere

Oscar Bianchi Crepuscolo Jesper Nordin new work World Premiere

Karin Hellqvist violin Anna Petrini recorders

Faint Noise © Freddie Sandström

Solo musicians Karin Hellqvist and Anna Petrini – both praised for their work in established ensembles and as soloists on the international music scene – together form a new Swedish duo, Faint Noise, performing at for the first time with a programme that introduces new Swedish music alongside works by Dominik Karski and Oscar Bianchi.

Friday 22

November 43

BCN 216: Parra 27 Catalonia’s premier contemporary classical music ensemble makes their Huddersfield debut with the UK premieres of two major, large-scale works by 2013’s Composer in Residence, Hèctor Parra. In the epic Caressant l’Horizon, Parra imagines ‘what we would physically experience if the unimaginably intense gravitational waves arising when two black holes collide actually penetrated us’. Moins qu’un souffle, for solo flute and ensemble, is directly inspired by Marie NDiaye’s novel Three Strong Women. ‘Rich, complex timbres abound…This large ensemble piece is sonorously dramatic, and will likely appeal to admirers of Xenakis, though Parra’s textures are typically more open and intricate, perhaps closer to Varèse.’ Records International (USA) on Caressant l’Horizon Produced by supported by Institut Ramon Llull as part of the Catalan series featured at 2013; also supported by Diaphonique

Hèctor Parra by Manu Theobald © Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation

Tickets £15 (£13 concession; £11 online)

St Paul’s Hall 7.30pm Joan Magrané Specchio infedele UK Premiere

Hèctor Parra Moins qu’un souffle, à peine un movement de l’air UK Premiere

Joan Arnau Pàmies Horror vacui UK Premiere

Hèctor Parra Caressant l’Horizon UK Premiere

BCN 216 Clement Power conductor

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Apartment House 28 A central figure in the Danish Fluxus movement, Henning Christiansen was a longtime collaborator with Joseph Beuys, and Fluxorum Organum was composed to accompany Beuys’ 1968 performance Eurasienstab. Originally a tape piece made from recordings of a church organ, this monumental and beautiful work is presented in a new version for ensemble by Apartment House.

St Thomas’ Church 10pm Henning Christiansen Fluxorum Organum UK Premiere

Apartment House

Produced by supported by The Danish Arts Council, The Danish Arts Foundation, Danish Composers’ Society’s Production Pool / KODA’s Fund for Social and Cultural Purposes and SNYK

Henning Christiansen

Tickets £15 (£13 concession; £11 online)

Saturday 23

November 45

EXAUDI 29 Ecstasies of pain and pleasure interpenetrate in Michael Finnissy’s new madrigal cycle Sesto Libro di Carlo Gesualdo, receiving its first complete performance as the climax of EXAUDI’s recital. Pier Paolo Pasolini agonises between religion and sexuality in Johannes Schöllhorn’s pungent Madrigali a Dio; Arnold Marinissen hauntingly explores an existential truth, and Enno Poppe fuses with insect life in Wespe (‘Wasp’). Produced by

supported by Goethe-Institut London

Tickets £15 (£13 concession; £11 online)

St Paul’s Hall 1pm Enno Poppe Wespe Arnold Marinissen Von Pferden, Gräsern, Sonnen, Menschen… UK Premiere

Johannes Schöllhorn Madrigali a Dio UK Premiere

Michael Finnissy Sesto Libro di Carlo Gesualdo World Premiere


EXAUDI James Weeks conductor

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Evan Parker + Mark Solborg Trio 30 An exceptional musician and the distinctive voice on his instrument, Evan Parker stands as a leader and an icon on the international improvisation scene. Danish guitarist Mark Solborg describes working with Parker as ‘an essential peak in his work in improvised music’. The extreme collective awareness of the trio, combined with Parker’s deep rooted approach, gives the music an almost symphonic character. ‘Rustle, blast, scratch and howl The world is noisy (and a great place to live)…’

Phipps Hall 4pm Evan Parker saxophones Mark Solborg Trio: Mark Solborg guitars Mats Eilertsen bass Bjørn Heebøll drums

Django Bates Produced by supported by The Danish Arts Council, The Danish Arts Foundation, Danish Composers’ Society’s Production Pool / KODA’s Fund for Social and Cultural Purposes and SNYK

CAB Atrium 3pm Scott McLaughlin Surfaces of Emergence World Premiere

Metastable Collective

Free Event

An undamped string is always vibrating (casually, inaudibly), an uneven summing of superimposed harmonics. The emergence of any harmonic as feedback is ‘determinately indeterminate’ (Husserl), contingent on material

and human agencies, resonance, and the spatial relationship between player and amplifier. Six electric guitars in a large open space, open-strings only, continuous-feedback-flux.

Evan Parker + Mark Solborg Trio © Palle Steen Christensen

Tickets £10 (£8 concession; £7 online)

Saturday 23

November 47

Oslo Sinfonietta 31 Oslo Sinfonietta return to Huddersfield with a programme featuring the UK premiere of a new work from Ruben Sverre Gjertsen, one of the most articulate compositional voices of his generation, and the world premiere of featured composer Dai Fujikura’s virtuosic second piano concerto, Diamond Dust. British composer Laurence Crane’s 2003 work Movement for 10 musicians completes the programme. ‘As the piece progresses, the piano creates more and more material which is added to this fragmented diamantine labyrinth of distorted harmonic textures which constantly behave unpredictably yet slowly forms a crystal castle that imprisons the piano and vibraphone which then struggle to escape...’ Dai Fujikura Produced by supported by Music Norway and the Norwegian Embassy

Dai Fujikura © Jin Ohashi

Tickets £20 (£18 concession; £16 online)

St Paul’s Hall 7.30pm Ruben Sverre Gjertsen Landscape with figures II UK Premiere

Laurence Crane Movement for 10 musicians Dai Fujikura Diamond Dust (Piano Concerto No 2) World Premiere

Oslo Sinfonietta Christian Eggen conductor Ellen Ugelvik piano

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Inszenierte Nacht 32

Produced by supported by The Danish Arts Council, The Danish Arts Foundation, Danish Composers’ Society’s Production Pool / KODA’s Fund for Social and Cultural Purposes, SNYK and Goethe-Institut

Tickets £20 (£18 concession; £16 online)

Lawrence Batley Theatre 10pm Simon Steen-Andersen Inszenierte Nacht UK Premiere

ascolta: Markus Schwind trumpet Andrew Digby trombone Martin Homann percussion Boris Müller percussion Florian Hoelscher piano Hubert Steiner guitar Erik Borgir cello

ascolta © Martin Sigmund

Premiered to great acclaim at the Eclat festival in Stuttgart and receiving its third-ever performance at 2013 by the German ensemble ascolta, Inszenierte Nacht is Simon Steen-Andersen’s audacious reinterpretation and staging of several well known classical pieces on the theme of ‘night’. In the same way that a theatre director updates works from the past by relocating the action or redefining roles or notions to give the story a new emphasis, Steen-Andersen takes works by Bach, Schumann, Mozart, Chopin and Ravel and reinterprets them with a contemporary perspective.

Sunday 24

November 49

Heloisa Amaral + Ingeborg Dalheim 33 Pianist Heloisa Amaral and soprano Ingeborg Dalheim present a fusion of two iconic duo pieces, pairing major German composer Helmut Lachenmann’s virtuosic and startling work Got Lost with the UK premiere of a piece by the incomparable Trond Reinholdtsen, in which the composer aims to express an array of different emotions through very short musical excerpts. In addition, Amaral will perform a new work for prepared piano and video by innovative composer Kaj Aune, in which we hear Schumann´s Kinderszenen, slowly metamorphosed into a fantastic imaginary universe. Produced by supported by Music Norway, the Norwegian Embassy, The Danish Arts Council, The Danish Arts Foundation, Danish Composers’ Society’s Production Pool / KODA’s Fund for Social and Cultural Purposes and SNYK

Tickets £15 (£13 concession; £11 online)

Phipps Hall 12 noon Helmut Lachenmann Got Lost – Sarah´s song UK Premiere

Trond Reinholdtsen Catalogue of Emotions – Settings of Sophocles’ Antigone UK Premiere

Kaj Aune new work World Premiere

Heloisa Amaral piano Ingeborg Dalheim soprano

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Mytologier in collaboration with the Danish Composers’ Society presents Mytologier – a whole day of music dedicated to folk culture and mythology, and its influence on contemporary and experimental music. Join us on a musical journey of historical and social identity, celebrating connections between the Nordic area and Scandinavian settlements in Yorkshire that date back over a thousand years! Mytologier celebrates the progression of folk culture and intercultural exchange between the Nordic region and the UK, each of which share similar foundations within this artistic area, yet have diversified to reflect their specific region and nationality. Be inspired by the very best Nordic and British experimental performers working in new music today, witness the unique mix of clog dancing and electronics from Festival favourite Sarah Jeffrey, and be sure to take part in our free dance workshop! Mytologier is co-produced by and the Danish Composers’ Society and kindly supported by Nordic Culture Point Trio Gaman + Garth Knox are also supported by The Danish Arts Council, The Danish Arts Foundation, Danish Composers’ Society’s Production Pool / KODA’s Fund for Social and Cultural Purposes and SNYK Lau Nau is also supported by the Finnish Music Foundation

Christine Cooper Folk artist Christine Cooper leads a storytelling and song session, based on collected material from participatory school and community workshops in the Kirklees area. Christine frequently works in the community, recycling personal memories, folklore fragments, popular culture and whatever else is to hand to create jigsaw-worlds of touching beauty. Experimenting with oral tradition, Christine will present a unique picture of the Kirklees community, drawn from the imagination of local residents. Free Events

St Paul’s Hall 10am Christine Cooper voice / violin

Sunday 24

November 51

Dance Workshop Poul Bjerager Christiansen is a revered Danish folk musician and the most recent winner of the Nordic Championship in Folk Music in the solo class. Poul combines tradition with finding new ways of presenting old tunes and dances from remote corners of Denmark. He will lead a dance workshop embracing traditions and experimentation within Nordic and British folk culture, along with guest artists and local folk musicians. Booking is not essential – please just come along and take part in this participatory event for all ages and abilities!

St Paul’s Hall 10.30am Poul Bjerager Christiansen violin Andreas Borregaard accordion

Trio Gáman + Garth Knox

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The Loft @ Bates Mill 2pm Trio Gáman: Bolette Roed recorder Andreas Borregaard accordion Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen violin Garth Knox viola

© Thomas Quine

Irish violist Garth Knox moves in a constant exchange between times. He has a penchant for baroque stringed instruments and has worked with avant-garde composers such as Ligeti, Stockhausen, Boulez and Feldman. Knox guests at with a new collaboration with Danish Trio Gáman, mixing Nordic folk music with new sounds. Together they will explore the gap between new and old, with a programme including works by John Dowland, Rune Glerup and James Dillon, as well as completely new versions of Nordic, Irish and English folk music classics.

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Jeffery|Noriega Duo Jeffery|Noriega are on a quest for a new means of music-theatre expression. They combine traditional English clog dance with contemporary recorder playing and innovative wireless electronics in order to create groundbreaking new works. The clogs have evolved from their roots, and are brought firmly into the 21st-century!

Bates Mill Photographic Studio 2.45pm Jeffery|Noriega DRAG World Premiere

Jeffery|Noriega The Mill Song UK Premiere

Sarah Jeffery clog dance / recorder / voice Felipe Ignacio Noriega live electronics Cinthya Oyervides dramaturgy / sceneography

Lux With Lux, Unni Løvlid and Håkon Thelin bring religious folk songs from the county of Sogn og Fjordane in Norway into a completely new soundscape. The texts revolve around humble people, around death and around hope, and Løvlid’s intimate, down-to-earth presentation of the often dark and powerful songs confronts the urge for tonal exploration in contemporary music.

Bates Mill Photographic Studio 3.30pm Songs from Sogn og Fjordane, Norway Unni Løvlid folk song / glass harmonica Håkon Thelin double bass

Magnus Haglund Magnus Haglund is a writer, critic and musician based in Gothenburg, Sweden. He has published The Naked City, a psychogeographical investigation of the life and history of Gothenburg, and a biography of the Swedish writer, sound artist and anarchist Åke Hodell. Together with artist Isak Eldh he runs the conceptual pop project The Marble Fauns. In the performance lecture Folk Culture: a Republic of Dreams Magnus Haglund combines essay writing and sound sources in a surprising way.

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Bates Mill Photographic Studio 4.15pm Magnus Haglund Performance Lecture: Folk Culture: a Republic of Dreams

Sunday 24

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Quiet Music Ensemble Jennifer Walshe’s piece DORDÁN (written for the Quiet Music Ensemble with funds from the Arts Council of Ireland) is inspired by her research into the work of the iconoclastic Irish traditional musician Pádraig Mac Giolla Mhuire, in particular his 1952 ‘dordán’ (roughly translated ‘drone’) recordings. Quiet Music Ensemble was founded in 2008. It specialises in experimental, improvised and graphically notated music, sound art and performed installations. Its repertoire is created through collaboration with artists of diverse genres, including composers / sound artists such as Lucier, Oliveros, Toop and Applebaum, visual artists, and Irish sean nós singers.

Bates Mill Photographic Studio 5pm Jennifer Walshe DORDÁN World Premiere

Quiet Music Ensemble: Sean Mac Erlaine saxophones / clarinet / bass clarinet / voice Roddy O’Keeffe trombone / voice Ilse De Ziah cello / voice Dan Bodwell bass / voice John Godfrey electric guitar / voice

Lau Nau Finnish artist Lau Nau walks her own paths in the fields of folk. Her latest album, Valohiukkanen (Fonal 2012), was nominated for the prestigious Teosto Prize in Finland and the band’s performance in Philadelphia (2005) was counted among The Wire magazine’s ‘60 concerts that shook the world’. Lau Nau is also known for composing music for films, dance pieces, exhibitions and sound installations and the same experimental touch that characterises her work is also present in the live shows.

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Bates Mill Warehouse 5.45pm Lau Nau: (Laura Naukkarinen) vocals / guitar / loops / toys Antti Tolvi flutes / bass / alto clarinet Jaakko Tolvi drums Ramo Teder jouhikko / mandolin

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Who Will Go Mad With Me Songs can stop time. In 1972, David Toop heard a recording of a clapping song from Barra, Mary Morrison’s Hi Hoireann o co mire rium (Who Will Go Mad With Me). Decades later he heard No Earthly Man by Alasdair Roberts and felt the same chill of something ancient and shamanistic. Out of those encounters comes a new collaborative work evolving from the dialogue between four artists: Toop and Roberts, multi-instrumentalist Sylvia Hallett and artist Luke Fowler.

The Loft @ Bates Mill 6.30pm Who Will Go Mad With Me (a question of postalchemical objects) World Premiere

David Toop strings / winds / analogue and digital electronics / objects Alasdair Roberts strings / voice / objects Sylvia Hallett strings / electronics / objects

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David Toop © Jana Chiellino’

Luke Fowler film / analogue electronics / objects


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Stockhausen: Gruppen

Last Words

2001: A Space Odyssey

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Berio: Sinfonia

Steve Reich and the Colin Currie Group

Sunday 6 October Three orchestras create a vortex of sound which spins around the concert hall. Featuring the London Sinfonietta.

Monday 7 October A screening of Stanley Kubrick’s seminal film with live orchestral soundtrack with the Philharmonia Orchestra. Friday 25 October Berio’s 1968 Sinfonia reflects the political and artistic heat of the time. With São Paulo Symphony Orchestra.

UK Premiere: Frank Zappa’s 200 Motels Tuesday 29 October Banned from live performance at the time of its composition, this cult classical is finally heard in its full glory.

Sunday 3 November The last utterances of two great musical friends – Britten and Shostakovich performed by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.

Saturday 9 November A rare complete performance of Philip Glass’ masterpiece with the composer himself on the keyboard in his New York Phillip Glass Ensemble.

Sunday 10 November Steve Reich presents his bewitching scores, including Music for 18 Musicians, Clapping Music and Come Out.

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