Lawrence Casserley (born UK, 1941) has devoted his professional career to real time electroacoustic music, and to the idea that live sound processing can be an instrument in its own right. In 1967 he became one of the first students in a new class in Electronic Music taught by Tristram Cary. Subsequently he became Cary's teaching assistant, then Professor-in-Charge of Studios and Adviser for Electroacoustic Music before taking early retirement in 1995 to pursue his performing career.
He is best known for his work in free improvised music, and has devised a special computer processing instrument for this work. He has worked with many of the finest improvisers, particularly Evan Parker, and is a key member of the Evan Parker Electro-Acoustic Ensemble. Casserley's instrumental approach to live computer sound processing is the hallmark of his work; the Signal Processing Instrument allows him to use physical gestures to control the processing and to direct the morphology of the sounds. This is the culmination of forty years of experience in the performance of live electronic music. He also works as a soloist, processing sounds from voice, percussion and self-made instruments. CDs have been released by ECM, Konnex, Leo Records, Psi, Sargasso and Touch.
Sulki Yu, born in 1985, started to play the violin at the age of five; she studied at the Conservatoire de Lausanne, and then the Purcell School. In 2003 she received a full scholarship to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Professor David Takeno.
She has appeared as a soloist with orchestras including the Orchestre Nationale de Lille, the Budapest Symphony Orchestra, the Sung-Nam Philharmonic Orchestra, the Yalta Symphony Orchestra, and the Philharmonia Ensemble. She was selected to represent Korea as soloist in a performance of Glazunov's Violin Concerto in Moscow with the Moscow State Academic Symphony Orchestra in a concert marking the 20th Anniversary of the cultural concord that exists between Russia and Korea.
Laureate of the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin competition (2006) and the Szigeti-Hubay International Violin competition (2007), Sulki has received numerous awards from the Martin Musical Scholarship Fund, the Hattori Foundation, and the Musicians Benevolent Fund. She also has been nominated for awards by the Royal Philharmonic Society in both 2008 and in 2009. She played in USA, in Europe, in Asia, in prestigious venues such as the Royal Festival Hall, Wigmore Hall, Barbican, UNESCO Centre in Paris, New York Carnegie Hall and the Seoul Arts Centre in Korea.
She has given critically acclaimed recitals at the Wigmore Hall premiering Edwin Roxburgh's Violin Sonata in November 2009, and at the Purcell Room as part of the Park Lane Group Young Artists New Year Series 2009, performing a programme including Roxburgh's Soliloquy 3. Future engagements include Concerto engagements in the UK and in Korea.
Born in Brussels, Belgian viola player Dimitri Murrath has made his mark as a soloist on the international scene, performing regularly in venues including Jordan Hall (Boston), Kennedy Center (Washington), Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room and Royal Festival Hall in London, the National Auditorium (Madrid), Kioi Hall (Tokyo) and Palais des Beaux Arts (Brussels).
Dimitri Murrath studied with Natalia Boyarsky at the Yehudi Menuhin School (1998-2001), going on to study with David Takeno at the Guildhall, and with Kim Kashkashian as an Artist Diploma student at New England Conservatory. He is now on the viola faculty of New England Conservatory and Longy School of Music in Boston. He has won numerous awards, including Second Prize at the Tokyo International Viola Competition and First Prize at the Primrose Viola Competition.
An avid chamber musician, Dimitri Murrath has collaborated with musicians including Miriam Fried, Gidon Kremer, Nobuko Imai, Tabea Zimmermann, Radovan Vlatkovic and Menahem Pressler, as well as members of the Cleveland, Takacs, Alban Berg and Guarneri String Quartets. His many festival appearances include the Verbier Festival Academy, and Marlboro Music Festival.
Described by The Guardian as 'powerfully eloquent' and The Strad as 'a cellist who can hold a stage and captivate an audience', Marie Macleod performs extensively as soloist and chamber musician at major concert venues across Europe, the USA and Australia. As a member of the Aronowitz Ensemble, Marie is a BBC New Generation Artist and Borletti-Buitoni Trust award winner, and has performed at the BBC Proms, Cheltenham, Aldeburgh, Bath, Spoleto and the City of London Festivals, as well as recording extensively for the BBC. The Aronowitz Ensemble released their debut CD on Sonimage in February 2010. Marie is also cellist in the Lendvai String Trio who perform at major concert halls such as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, Barbican, St John's Smith Square and King's Place in London, and the Berwaldhall and Nybrokajen in Stockholm. In 2009 the Lendvai String Trio was selected for the Concertgebouw's Young Artist Series in Amsterdam.
Between 2006 - 2008 Marie was principal cellist of the Västerås Sinfonietta in Sweden, and in 2009 she became the new cellist in both Ensemble 360 and the Phoenix Piano Trio. She enjoys regular chamber music collaborations with artists such as Pekka Kuusisto, Alexei Ogrintchouk, Natalie Clein, Nicholas Daniel, Andrew Kennedy, Ailish Tynan, Charles Owen and Alison Balsom. Marie has a strong interest in contemporary music and has had several works written for her. She studied with Louise Hopkins at the Yehudi Menuhin School, Steven Isserlis at IMS Prussia Cove, David Takeno at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she was awarded the prestigious Concert Recital Diploma, and Frans Helmerson in Cologne. She plays a Matteo Goffriller cello from 1706.
The diverse activities of performing, conducting and teaching have been constant motivations to Edwin Roxburgh’s principal profession, composing. The works here are inspired by the virtuosic skill of the performers featured on this recording. They are joined by the composer himself in his meditative and transcendent work for oboe and electronics At the Still Point of the Turning World..., in which the sound of the oboe is fed through delay effects initially designed for a performance of Stockhausen’s Solo, and here recreated by Lawrence Casserley.
'Another splendid disc - Recommended' Musical Pointers