News: September, 2010


After seven years of commissioning, performing and recording, the Bow Project has reached it’s final stage with the double CD being released on 16 October.

Hailed as one of the most important musical heritage projects in South Africa, The Bow Project was launched in 2002 by composer Michael Blake as a project of NewMusicSA’s annual New Music Indaba at the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown. South African composers were invited to respond to the uhadi songs of the legendary performer from Nqoko village near Lady Frere, Nofinishi Dywili. It is to the memory of Nofinishi that the project and this recording are dedicated. The double CD contains recordings of both remastered recordings of Nofinishi’s original songs and of the works that have been written in response to her songs for the project by composers such as Robert Fokkens, Michael Blake, Sazi Dlamini, Mokale Koapeng and Jurgen Brauninger.

The launch will take place on 16 October at Stellenbosch University at 18:00

rarescale Premiere Series 2010 Concert 1

rarescale present the first of their Premiere Series 2010 concerts at Shoreditch church, performing music for flutes, clarinets, electronics and soprano. The programme includes Robert’s Songs on texts by Ibn el-Arabi, commissioned and premiered by rarescale in 2007.

Michael Oliva - Dover Beach (sop, afl, bcl, eam)
Robert Fokkens - Songs (sop, bfl)
Nono - Il Fabbrica Illuminata (sop, eam)
Jay C Batzner - inventions (fl, cl)
Scott Wilson - Vortically (bfl, eam)
Kaja Bjorntvedt - New Work (eam)
Thomas Simaku - Soliloquy (cl)

rarescale are:
Carla Rees - Flutes
Rosie Coad - Soprano
Michael Oliva - Electronics
Sarah Watts - Clarinet

rarescale Premiere Series Concert 1

Saturday 18 September at 7.30pm

Shoreditch Church, Shoreditch High Street E1 6JN, London

Imvubu in Venice

The Fidelio Trio performs ImVubu (Hippopotamus) alongside works by Joe Cutler, Gerhard Krammer, Johannes Maria Staud and Schoenberg at the Palazzo Albrizzi in Venice, in a concert co-ordinated by Austrian composer Gerhard Krammer.

Saturday 18 September 2010 at 5.30pm

Palazzo Albrizzi, Venice