ARTISTS

Sarah Nicolls

Sarah
Nicolls
Piano

Sarah Nicolls is a UK-based experimental pianist, at the forefront of innovations in piano performance.  She works with interactive technologies, such as body sensors and motion capture to augment the acoustic piano, bringing it into the realm of electronic music with visceral live performances.  Sarah also invented the ‘Inside-out Piano’, a sculptural feast of an instrument designed to be played inside and out.  She has recorded her own music on it and has been funded through the Athena Swan scheme to have the second prototype built by Pierre Malbos.  

In the rest of her concert career, Sarah is a frequent soloist with the London Sinfonietta, giving world premieres such as Larry Goves’ piano concerto Things that are blue... and Richard Barrett’s Mesoptamia.  She is regularly broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and features on several CDs.

Sarah is a Senior Lecturer at Brunel University and has received funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), the Brunel Research Initiative and Enterprise Fund (BRIEF), the Athena Swan award and Arts Council England.  She writes about live electronics and compositional collaborations and has been published in the Leonardo Music Journal (LMJ20).  Artistic Director of the BEAM Festival, Sarah was also the Music Chair for NIME 2014, London.

Coates, Oliver

Oliver
Coates
cello

Oliver Coates plays the cello and is in demand throughout the UK and internationally. In the past year as a solo artist he has performed in China, Russia, Brazil and across Europe.

He has worked with many of the great modern composers, including Helmut Lachenmann, Jonathan Harvey, Kaija Saariaho, Sofia Gubaidulina, David Lang, and Thomas Adès. Many of the leading young composers have written music for him, including David Fennessy, Andrew Hamilton, Emily Hall, Anna Meredith and Larry Goves. He has performed alongside Oren Ambarchi and has improvised on graphic and concept scores by Jennifer Walshe.

Oliver’s awards include the Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist Award 2011 and he is an Artist in Residence at Southbank Centre, London. He curates Harmonic Series at Southbank Centre, which has featured early live shows by James Blake, Anna Meredith, Olivia Chaney, performance artists Dori Deng & Meta Drcar, music by Thomas Adès, Micachu, Alvin Lucier, films about Jackson Pollock and Agnes Martin. This season Harmonic Series teams up with PAN to present a bold night of new electronic music and film, featuring new work from Mark Leckey and Florian Hecker.

His first full-length solo album Towards the blessed islands was released in 2013 on PRAH records. The Wire magazine described it as 'an itinerant love letter to the instrument, an album of deep resonance and fleeting harmonics.'

For more information, see http://www.ingpen.co.uk/artist/oliver-coates/

Image Credit: 
Phil Sharp

London Sinfonietta

London Sinfonietta

The London Sinfonietta's mission is to place the best contemporary classical music at the heart of today's culture; engaging and challenging the public through inspiring performances of the highest standard, and taking risks to develop new work and talent.

The ensemble is Resident Orchestra at Southbank Centre with headquarters at Kings Place, and continues to take the best contemporary music to venues and festivals across the UK and worldwide with a busy touring schedule. Since its inaugural concert in 1968 - giving the world premiere of Sir John Tavener's The Whale - the London Sinfonietta's commitment to making new music has seen it commission over 300 works, and premiere many hundreds more.
The core of the London Sinfonietta is 18 Principal Players, representing some of the best solo and ensemble musicians in the world. The ensemble has just launched its Emerging Artists Programme, which will give professional musicians at the start of promising and brilliant careers the opportunity to work alongside those Principal Players on stage across the season.

The London Sinfonietta's recordings present a catalogue of 20th-century classics, on numerous prestigious labels as well as the ensemble's own London Sinfonietta Label. Most recently, a performance of Philip Cashian's Piano Concerto was released on NMC.

Brabbins, Martyn

Martyn
Brabbins
Conductor
Artistic Director of the Cheltenham International Festival of Music 2005-2007, he was Associate Principal Conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra 1994-2005. He is Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Flemish Philharmonic, a position which started in September 2009. After studying composition in London and then conducting with Ilya Musin in Leningrad, his career was launched when he won first prize at the 1988 Leeds Conductors' Competition. Since then Brabbins has regularly conducted all the major UK orchestras and is much sought-after in Europe, notably in Germany, Holland, Belgium and Scandinavia.   
 
Brabbins’ symphonic engagements have included appearances at London's  South Bank in subscription with the London Philharmonic and Philharmonia orchestras, his Tokyo debut, with the Tokyo Metropolitan (where he returns in 2011); and visits to the Netherlands Radio Chamber in the prestigious Matinee series, the Residentie Orkest, Salzburg Mozarteumorchester and Lahti Symphony.  He is a regular guest with the City of Birmingham Symphony, Halle and BBC Philharmonic orchestras, and appears several times each season with the BBC Symphony and BBC Scottish Symphony orchestras in subscription and at the BBC Proms.

Sound Intermedia

Sound Intermedia
electronics

Sound Intermedia - alias Ian Dearden and David Sheppard - is dedicated to realising visionary new art works through live performance and cutting-edge technology. Their trail-blazing initiatives and artistic collaborations continually push past the accepted boundaries of composition, sound design, live sound, music technology and interactive multimedia.

Internationally respected both as composers and performers, they collaborate with many of the world's most influential artists and organizations.

MEDIA

  • CD £12.99
  • MP3 £7.99
  • FLAC £8.99
  • Total duration: 64'20

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Artists

Sarah Nicolls piano
Oliver Coates cello
London Sinfonietta
Martyn Brabbins conductor
André de Ridder conductor
Sound Intermedia electronics

Literary references are at the heart of Larry Goves's music: written for regular collaborator Sarah Nicolls and scored for solo piano, electric piano, prepared piano, large ensemble, electronic sounds and live processing, Goves explains that Things that are blue... is "my notion of a romantic piano concerto seen through the twisted lens of Paul Auster’s surreal gumshoe landscape"; while the terminus wreck for solo cello is a a response to Paul Celan's poetry. Trends in personal relationships, performed by London Sinfonietta under Martyn Brabbins, is a response to modern life, relationships and internet dating.
 

 

REVIEWS

'The ever-skilful Oliver Coates travels to wild sonic territories in The Terminus Wreck for solo cello, inspired by Paul Celan's poetry. With André de Ridder, the versatile pianist Sarah Nicolls and Sound Intermedia too, Goves has a fine line-up of musical collaborators.This is repertoire to explore, which yields its secrets with each fresh hearing' The Observer

FUNDING

 

      Supported by the RVW Trust

 

 

 

    This project has been made possible with the support of London Sinfonietta.
 

 

 
With thanks to the trusts, foundations and individuals who have invested in NMC’s Debut Discs series:
 
The Astor Foundation
The Boltini Trust
The John S Cohen Trust
The Fenton Arts Trust
Nicholas and Judith Goodison
Mercers' Charitable Foundation
The Stanley Picker Charitable Trust
The Radcliffe Trust
The Richard Thomas Foundation
RVW Trust
Jennifer Roslyn Wingate
 
& the individuals who donated through The Big Give Christmas Challenge December 2011

RECORDING CREDITS

Catalogue number:
NMC D198
Release Date:
19 May 2014