The Austrian Cultural Forum presents another performance of works by the Soundings 2010 group of composers, including my piece for piano trio, Imvubu (Hippopotamus).
The Forge, 3-7 Delancey Street, London, NW1 7NL
Wednesday 24 November 2010 at 7.30pm
(TUTL label, FKT 044)
Libalel’ilanga (The Sun is Scorching the Earth)
The Nightingale String Quartet
“South African Music Teacher” journal
Listening to the CD…one is struck by the unfamiliar sounds emerging from a string quartet, as it submerges itself into the idiom of the uhadi. Especially in track 4, Robert Fokkens exploits the strings’ ability to produce haunting dissonances and static movement interspersed with rapid rhythmical passages to create a masterful soundscape reminiscent of rural landscapes in South Africa.
Violin duo Retorica (Philippa Mo and Harriet Mackenzie) perform a recital for Seaford Music Society including Robert’s Orange.
Friday 15 October at 7.30pm
Seaford Music Society, Annecy School Hall, Sutton Avenue, Seaford
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 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)
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
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
My new mini-opera, Contact, for two singers, flute and harp will be performed a number of times in public spaces at the Riverside Studios and around Hammersmith by Tête à Tête, London’s most innovative and exciting opera company. Part of their annual Opera Festival at the Riverside Studios, the four Lite Bites (written by Dominique le Gendre, Stephen Crowe, Julian Grant and myself) will pop up around Hammersmith at various times during the festival.
Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival at Riverside Studios, Hammersmith
5-22 August 2010