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New Music Series 2012

From Orlando Gough to John-Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin, A series jam packed with new commissions and world premiéres Programmed by composer Stephen Montague 12 cutting edge concerts performed by world class musicians.

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Stephen Montague returns for a second year as New Music Associate at Kettle’s Yard, following a hugely successful 2011 series. He has programmed six Sunday Coffee concerts and two evening events packed full of world premieres and new commissions by some of the most talented composers of our time. The Series opens on 29 January with four tubas (YouTuba) who meet in the woods for a ‘Tuba Bears’ Picnic’. A spectacular and musicially diverse show with text by BBC Radio 3 presenter and poet, Ian McMillan. Next up is Irish duo, violinist Darragh Morgan accompanied by pianist Mary Dullea. They will dance with Finnissy and Nancarrow. On 27 February, we are delighted to host Flam by Orlando Gough. This is a truly irresistible work performed by virtuoso singers/actors Melanie Pappenheim and Rebecca Askew. A funfilled, moving work over a simple cup of coffee… Four percussionists, Ensemble Bash perform three world premieres from the Efthymiou Twins and Gabriel Prokoviev – yes, that’s Sergei’s grandson! They are said to ‘make playing percussion the coolest, noisiest and funniest occupation on earth’ (The Times).

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Taking the music scene by storm, the young Chinese American pianist Jessica Zhu performs a programme of ‘Powerful Women’ on 11 March. Zhu explores music written by the most talented female composers of today, just in time for International Women’s Day (8 March). Quirly cello and percussion duo The G Project play the first evening concert on 8 March They break the boundaries of classical stereotypes and perform works by Turnage, Cage, Ford and Poppy. On 24 April the stylish Smith Quartet perform the second evening concert. They present an electric programme including George Crumb’s much talked about ‘Black Angels’. Hold on to your seats… our final concert on 20 May welcomes fantastic John Paul Jones composer/performer ‘In Conversation’. Led Zeppelin’s bass guitarist and keyboard player talks to Stephen Montague in an exclusive interview/concert. The series is set to end with a bang with the Cambridge University New Music Ensemble performing his original works. Tickets are available online at or by phone on 01223 748100. Sunday Coffee Concerts are only £7/ £4 concessions and the two evening concerts £10/£6 concessions.

For further information please contact Susie Biller at Kettle’s Yard, University of Cambridge, Castle Street, Cambridge CB3 0AQ U.K. tel 01223 748100 • fax 01223 324377 • •

Editor’s Notes Kettle’s Yard is a beautiful house with a distinctive collection of 20th century art and a gallery showing exhibitions of contemporary and modern art. Stephen Montague is an Anglo/American composer, pianist and conductor born and educated in the USA but living in Europe since 1972, first as a Fulbright Scholar in Warsaw, Poland (1972-74) and since 1974 in London where he works as a freelance composer. His works cover a wide spectrum of interests from music for the concert hall to large outdoor, multimedia events using hundreds of performers. His music is published by United Music Publishers.

New Music Series 2012 Full Series Programme 29 JANUARY at 12noon-1pm Tickets £7 (£4 conc) Sunday Coffee Concert: Tuba Bears’ Picnic YouTuba: Hari Eustice, Julian Hepple, Richard Evans, Chris Bearman, four tubas Programme centering around the following music: Stephen Bulla - Celestial Suite Eric Cook - Bolivar Saint Saens - Cello Concerto No.1 in A Minor, Opus.33 II.Allegretto con moto J Strauss - Trisch Trash Polka Elgar Howarth - The Old Chalet Julian Hepple - Finale Traditional - Air Variations on the Teddy Bears Picnic 12 FEBRUARY at 12noon-1pm Tickets £7 (£4 conc) Sunday Coffee Concert: ‘Hard and Smooth’ Darragh Morgan, violin Mary Dullea, piano Finnissy Mississippi Hornpipes 10 Nancarrow Toccata 4 Richard Causton Seven States of Rain 12 Lukas Ligeti Excepts from Time 12 (premiered by us) Kurtag Tre Pezzi about 4 -5 mins and special 19 FEBRUARY at 12noon-1pm Admission free, donations welcome. New Music Morning: Alison Blunt, violin Ian Mitchell, David Ryan, clarinets Joe Zeitlin, cello Experimental music-making, from the totally improvised to graphic notation. Christian Wolff’s open score of 1964, For 1, 2 or 3 People and a homage to Liszt, with members of the London Improvisers Orchestra and the Wu Quartet.

26 FEBRUARY at 12noon-1pm Tickets £7 (£4 conc) Sunday Coffee Concert: Flam by Orlando Gough singers/actors, Rebecca Askew & Melanie Pappenheim THE MICHAEL HARRISON CONCERT Orlando Gough - Flam 29 FEBRUARY at 8pm Tickets £10 (£6 conc) Evening Concert: Cambridge University New Music Ensemble Thomas Adès - Arcadiana Thomas Adès - Life Story George Crumb - Voice Of The Whale and four pieces by student composers 4 MARCH at 12noon-1pm Admission free, donations welcome. New Music Morning: Hidden Channels In 2002 Kettle’s Yard first invited new music and sound creators based in the city but working outside organisations or formal channels to present a New Music Morning. This concert celebrates 10 years of experimentation, DIY invention and diverse performances at these events. 8 MARCH at 8pm Tickets £10 (£6 conc) Evening Concert: The G Project Gabriella Swallow, cello Genevieve Wilkins, percussion Mark-Anthony Turnage - GG (Part 1 and 2) Solfa Carlile - Dear, Dirty Dublin Andrew McCormack - Two Pieces Andrew Ford - Composition in Blue, Grey and Pink Andrew Poppy - Poems and Toccatas 11, 1 Helmut Lachenmann - Pression Michael Henry - Mantra Luke Styles - Kaire 11 MARCH at 12noon-1pm Tickets £7 (£4 conc) Sunday Coffee Concert: Jessica Zhu, piano ‘Powerful Women’ Judith Weir - I’ve Turned the Page Emily Howard - Sky and Water Hilary Tann - Light from the Cliffs Hye Kyung Lee - Gasp (UK premiére) Cecilia McDowell - Four Pieces

24 APRIL at 8pm Tickets £10 (£6 conc) Evening Concert: The Smith Quartet Conlon Nancarrow - Quartet No.1 [100th Anniversary of his birth] Graham Fitkin - A Small Quartet Michael Nyman - Quartet No.3 Elliott Sharp - Digital Gavin Bryars - Between the National and Bristol George Crumb - Black Angels 6 MAY at 12noon-1pm Tickets £7 (£4 conc) Sunday Coffee Concert: Ensemble Bash - Chris Brannick, Joby Burgess, Stephen Hiscock, Genevieve Wilkins, four percussionists Stephen Montague - Chew Chow Chatterbox Gabriel Prokofiev - New work (world premiere) [Sergei’s grandson] Effy Efthymiou - New work (world premiere) Litha Efthymiou - New work (world premiere) John Cage - Third Construction [100th anniversary of Cage’s birth] 13 MAY at 12noon-1pm Admission free, donations welcome. New Music Morning: Degrees of Synchrony Composers/performers - Tom Hall, Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Richard Hoadley, and guest artists Choreographer - Jane Turner Investigating boundaries of synchronisation through original dance, audio-visual inventions, music and performance. 20 MAY at 12noon-1pm Tickets £7 (£4 conc) Sunday Coffee Concert: John Paul Jones: A Composer Portrait with Cambridge New Music Ensemble and an exclusive interview with Stephen Montague John Paul Jones original works Co Motion for strings & keyboard (commissioned by Stephen Montague) Co-Motion for winds & guitar (commissioned by Stephen Montague) Millennium work Black Dog New work

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