Tuesday 14 November 2017, 7.30pm
In the context of Textures Festival, Apartment House will perform as a String Quartet featuring Gordon MacKay (violin), Hilary Sturt(violin), Bridget Carey (viola) and Anton Lukoszevieze (cello) as well as two guest musicians from Switzerland: Tobias Gerber (saxophone), piano luminary Tamriko Kordzaia (piano) and Jérôme Noetinger on electronics.
The repertoire of the evening will include a string quartet by Georgia Rodgers, a piece by Jürg Frey, three works from the classical repertoire by Maurico Kagel und Bernd Alois Zimmermann as well as a world premiere for solo cello and electronics by Antoine Chessex (with live elelectronic by Jérôme Noetinger), following up the recently published CD collaboration of Chessex, Noetinger and Apartment House on Bocian Records.
Gordon MacKay: Violin
Hilary Sturt: Violin
Bridget Carey: Viola
Anton Lukoszevieze: Cello
Tamriko Kordzaia: Piano
Tobias Gerber: Soprano Saxophone
Jérôme Noetinger: Live-Electronics
Jürg Frey: Fragile Balance
Antoine Chessex: New work for cello and electronics
Georgia Rodgers: Three pieces for String Quartet
Maurizio Kagel: An Tasten
Bernd Alois Zimmermann: Intercomunicazione
Maurizio Kagel: Prima Vista
Supported by Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation and Pro Helvetia, Swiss Arts Council.
Tobias Gerber is a founding member of the Zurich based ensemble WERKTAG. Besides his musical activities as a saxophonist he's curating the concert series for electronic music "Generator" at the Zurich University of the Arts and acts as artistic co-director of the biennial festival "Zwei Tage Strom". Furthermore he writes about contemporary music as a journalist and works as research associate at the University of Basel.
Tamriko Kordzaia (piano) became renowned in her native Georgia as an interpreter of Mozart and Haydn. After moving to Switzerland, she continued in this field, but became more and more engaged in new music, especially in the works of the younger generations of composers. She has received numerous national and international awards, including the first prize and the prize for Mozart interpretation at the International Sakai Competition in Osaka and the culture award of the City of Winterthur. She has been a member of the Mondrian Ensemble in Zurich since 2008 while constantly touring the world for concerts. She premiered pieces by Klaus Lang, Jürg Frey, David Dramm, Felix Profos, Roland Moser, Mikheil Shugliashvil and others and released CDs on Edition Wandelweiser, NEOS, WERGO and Guild. Since 2005 Tamriko Kordzaia is artistic director of the Georgian-Swiss festival for current music »Close Encounters«.
Apartment House has been captivating audiences with performances of avant-garde and experimental music for more than 20 years. The group, created by cellist Anton Lukoszevieze in 1995, has performed all over the World, from Moscow to Vancouver and from Barcelona to Vilnius. Recent performances further afield include tours of Russia, Canada and a nine-concert series in Melbourne, Australia.
The ensemble has been a firm fixture on the British concert scene, with regular performances at Café Oto and a recent residency at the Wigmore Hall. Apartment House is the most frequently featured UK ensemble in the history of the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and its 2011 concert of music by John Cage sold out the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre. The ensemble has made a substantial number of live and studio recordings for BBC Radio 3 as well as live recordings for many European stations including Danish Radio DR, Swedish Radio 2, WDR Cologne, ORTF Austria, Radio France and Deutschlandfunk, Berlin.
Over the past 20 years or so it has championed music by emerging or undeservedly little-known composers and has commissioned over 100 new works. Highlights along the way include Jennifer Walshe’s radical ‘Barbie’ opera XXX_LIVE_NUDE_GIRLS!!!, with performances in six countries, and Saskia Moore’s Dead Symphony, a fusion of social documentary, art, biological science and music on near death experiences. Notable portrait events have featured composers Christian Wolff, Luc Ferrari, Alison Knowles, Christopher Fox, Vitalija Gloivackyte, Laurence Crane, Helmut Oehring, Claudia Molitor, David Behrman, Jobina Tinnemans and Richard Ayres.
Unusually for a new music ensemble, Apartment House is equally at home at classical music venues (Wigmore Hall, Southbank Centre), crossover venues (Cafe Oto), art galleries (Serpentine Galleries, Turner Contemporary, Whitechapel Gallery) and international festivals (HCMF, MaerzMusik, Wien Modern, Ultima, Witten New Music Days), demonstrating its appeal to a wide range of audiences.
Over the years Apartment House has gradually increased its recording output, focusing on key releases by experimental composers such as George Maciunas and Laurence Crane, which received widespread acclaim (‘compellingly beautiful’ The Guardian). The group recently began a long term relationship with the UK label Another Timbre, releasing albums of music by Joseph Kudirka, James Saunders, Chiyoko Slavnics, Linda Catlin Smith and Martin Arnold.
2017 saw Apartment House performing in France, Norway, Poland, Denmark, Sweden, Canada and the UK. The group also participated in a large scale research project in collaboration with Huddersfield University, culminating in a full performances of John Cage’s Concert for Piano and Orchestra and a new work by US composer Christian Wolff, commissioned by the Hinrichsen Foundation and the Ernst von Siemens Foundation. As part of Sound and Music’s Embedded scheme, they have also commissioned new works from Polish composers and sound artists Robert Piotrowicz and Michał Libera, recently performed at the Sacrum Profanum Festival in Krakow. They were be resident ensemble at the London Contemporary Music Festival in December, 2017. 2018 sees them giving performances in Berlin (Maerzmusik), Amsterdam, Rome, Warsaw and the UK.