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Red Note Ensemble & Matthew Hawkins St Magnus International Festival Vesalii Icones

A new production and choreography of the iconic Peter Maxwell Davies work Vesalii Icones.

Written in 1969 this is one of Peter Maxwell Davies’s classic works of concert-hall music theatre. An extraordinarily dramatic, multi-layered fusion of dance and music, its shape superimposes the 14 stations of the Cross on a series of 16th-century anatomical drawings by Vesalius, with a dancer and a solo cellist as the protagonists.

Scored for the classic Fires of London Sextet line-up the work is filled with unconventional percussion instruments, a honky tonk piano and much allusion to foxtrots as well as medieval and renaissance music.

In contrast to the vibrant sonorities of Vesalii Icones, the first half features the atmospheric piano works inspired by Persia and written during the First World War by the prolific French composer Charles Koechlin.

Programme:
Koechlin Excerpts from Les Heures Persanes
Maxwell Davies Vesalii Icones

Matthew Hawkins Choreographer / Dancer
Soraya Ham Dancer

Red Note Ensemble:
Lionel Handy, cello
Tom Hankey, viola
Ruth Morley, flute
Emma Burgess, clarinet
Tom Hunter, percussion
Simon Smith, piano
Pierre-André Valade, conductor

Details

26 June, 2018 - 19:00 to 21:00

St Magnus Cathedral
Palace Road
Kirkwall - KW15 1PA

Red Note bring a richly diverse programme to Rousay.

We go on tour with St Magnus International Festival with a richly diverse programme ranging across the centuries.

Trios by Haydn and Roussel are surrounded by intriguing duos and solos and music by veteran Scottish composer and traditional musician Eddie McGuire.

Tickets £5 at the door.

Details

27 June, 2018 - 19:30 to 21:00

The Space, Rousay
The Old Kirk
Rousay - KW17 2PU

Cost: £5
We head to Krakowskie Biuro Festiwalowe for the Polish premiere of Aeolian.

Once again we join Norwegian composer Maja S. K. Ratkje, UK installation artist Kathy Hinde and Danish accordionist Andreas Borregaard for Aeolian. This collaboration is a deeply-integrated new work, combining newly-designed air-powered instruments with live musicians to create a new part-performance, part kinetic-sculptural work.

Commissioned by Red Note and produced by hcmf// and Red Note Ensemble.

Details

15 September, 2018 - 11:00 to 13:00

ICE Kraków S4
Kraków
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Artist in residence Mark Simpson teams up with Red Note in a showcase for his stunning talent as both composer and performer.

This exciting programme finishes with John Adams’s Gnarly Buttons, a virtuosic clarinet concerto shot through with influences from hymns to bluegrass and jazz. Before that we hear two of Mark’s own works and Adams’s minimalist classic Shaker LoopsSoloist Mark Simpson, a Radio 3 Young Generation artist and – like Adams – both a clarinettist and a composer, was thoughtful and virtuosic.

Simpson Nur Musik
Shaker Loops
Straw Dogs
Gnarly Buttons

Conductor

9.30pm -10.15pm
You are invited to stay on for a free concert by Red Note Academy soloists from Helsinki, Glasgow, Oslo, Paris and Dublin.

Details

19 September, 2018 - 19:30 to 21:00

Loretto School
Linkfield Road
Musselbnurgh - EH21 7RE

Cost: £17.50
Tanz/haus : triptych 2017 by the British composer James Dillon will be performed at this year's Transit Festival 2021 in Belgium.

Festival 20/21 puts its unique focus on the superb music of the 20th and 21st centuries, in all its richness and diversity and Red Note are delighted to be taking James Dillon’s RPS Award Winning Tanz/haus : triptych 2017 to Leuven in Belgium.

Transit has a soft spot for new talent, likes to support young composers and eagerly seeks out interesting new developments. But all that young power should also be combined with a Genuine Figurehead once it’s time. Tanz/haus : triptych 2017 is a new, concert-length work by master composer James Dillon, which was an immediate hit at its premiere in Huddersfield. It’s a work whose creation Transit are proud to have co-commissioned.

Co-comissioned by hcmf//, Red Note Ensemble, Sound Scotland, Transit Festival and November Music.

Details

13 October, 2018 - 17:30 to 18:15



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Cost: £14
November Music, in the Dutch city of ’s-Hertogenbosch, showcases the prominent composers of our time.

Red Note are taking James Dillon’s RPS Award Winning Tanz/haus : triptych 2017 to the Willem Twee Concertzaal in ‘s-Hertogenbosch.

After all, the limbs are pendula, echoing automatically the movement of the centre Tanz/haus [lit.; ‘dance house’] ‘Tanz’ (‘dance’) from the (old) French ‘dancier’ itself is said to have derived from an (old) Frisian word ‘dintje’ to ‘tremble’ or ‘to quiver’. ‘House’ from Old English ‘hus’ (or low German ‘haus’ ) which simply means ‘dwelling’, can be traced back to its Indo-European root ‘hide’ – to hide, to conceal.

Co-comissioned by hcmf//, Red Note Ensemble, Sound Scotland, Transit Festival and November Music.

November Music Festival showcases the prominent composers of our time.

Red Note are delighted to be taking Aeolian to the Willem Twee Concertzaal in the Dutch city of ’s-Hertogenbosch.

Aeolian is a deeply-integrated new work by Norwegian composer Maja S K Ratkje, UK installation artist Kathy Hinde and Danish accordionist Andreas Borregaard and commissioned by Red Note Ensemble.

Combining newly-designed air-powered instruments with live musicians to create a new part-performance, part kinetic-sculptural work, Aeolian had its world premiere at hcmf//40 last year and won the ISM Award for Collaboration at this year’s Scottish Awards for New Music.

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