BENEDICT TAYLOR // STEPHEN UPSHAW
nonclassical launches this November with an evening of free improvisation and world premieres from viola players, Benedict Taylor and Stephen Upshaw.
Unrelenting, exhilarating and – at times – astonishing, violist Benedict Taylor will present two sets of improvised music, including a new work from his Guerrillas series, a set of improvisations which push the player – and the listener – to its limits. Based on a pre-determined set of rules, Benedict creates graphic scores that impose limitations, shackling the performer and distorting the overall outcome of the music. It’s uncompromising yet mesmerising; demanding to the performer and sometimes making the listener feel voyeuristic.
Completing the night will be internationally recognized new music soloist Stephen Upshaw, performing works for viola and electronics that aim to highlight the instrument’s quirks, beauties and imperfections. First, Nico Muhly’s ‘Keep In Touch’ featuring morphed percussion, disintegrated trombones and the haunting voice of ANOHNI, followed by Edmund Finnis’ ‘Veneer’ for solo viola and reverb and finally the world premiere of Aaron Holloway Nahum’s ‘NEW HYMNS’.
THE VICTORIA, DALSTON
TICKETS £5 (STUDENT), £8 (ADVANCE), £10 (ON THE DOOR)