The Girls Who Wished to Marry Stars
Artists: Juice Vocal Ensemble
Dancers: Gemma Payne, Alice Laidler, Andrea Just
Libretto: Kerry Andrew
Choreography: Andrew McNicol
This theatrical new work by Luke Styles will feature experimental vocal trio Juice and Trish Clowes' jazz/classical ensemble Tangent, performing alongside three live dancers. Blurring the boundaries between dancer and musician, this evocative piece will retell a Native Canadian folk tale in a playful, highly dynamic way.
"I'm thrilled to have the chance to create a new work for such dynamic forces as Juice, Tangent and dancers. The exposure and performance platform for this as part of the New Music Biennial only increase the excitement I have to compose something virtuosic, lyric, energised and with a touch of improvisation." Luke Styles
"Juice are thrilled to have been selected for the New Music Biennial! It will be a huge pleasure to present our piece in Glasgow and at London's Southbank. We’re really looking forward to collaborating with Luke, Trish Clowes and Tangent, and working with a choreographer for the first time." Juice Vocal Ensemble
About Luke Styles
Born in Australia in 1982, Luke moved to the United Kingdom in 2001 to study at the Royal Academy of Music. A postgraduate degree followed in Vienna, with a second post graduate course in Germany and in 2009 he went on to study with George Benjamin at Kings College, London.
Luke is the recipient of several awards and commissions including the Wolfgang-Rihm scholarship, DAAD scholarship, PRSF New Works commission, RVW Trust commission and Britten-Pears Foundation funding. He is currently Glyndebourne’s Young Composer in Residence, and is also a freelance lecturer, director of Ensemble Amorpha and teaches composition at the Junior Trinity College of Music.
About Juice Vocal Ensemble
juice (‘The 21st century’s answer to the Swingles or the King’s Singers’ – The Times) are at the forefront of the UK’s experimental/classical scene, performing new vocal music which draws on classical, world music, jazz, folk, pop, improvisation and theatre. They have featured on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM. They have performed at London’s Wigmore Hall and the South Bank, King’s Place and the Roundhouse. In 2011, they made their US debut with concerts in New York and at the famed SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas. In 2007, they were the first UK prize winners in the history of the internationally-renowned Tampere Vocal Festival.
Tangent is Trish Clowes’ dynamic ensemble, varying in line-up from quartet to nonet. Formed in 2008 following an award from the Musicians Benevolent Fund, Tangent perform Clowes’ compositions, who has been described by the Guardian’s John Fordham as “one of the most agile and original jugglers of improv and adventurous composition to have appeared in the UK in recent times”. Tangent feature on Clowes’ two albums for Basho Records, and a third is due out in the Autumn, which sees them collaborate with the BBC Concert Orchestra. Recent performances include the Emulsion III festival (Clowes and Luke Styles’ own festival), Purcell Room, RNCM International Saxophone Day, the Sage Gateshead, Celtic Connections, London Jazz Festival and Manchester Jazz Festival.
The performance of The Girls Who Wished to Marry Stars will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 12 July 2014 and will be available as a digital download in MP3 and FLAC formats here on 4 August 2014.