Apologies for the rather lengthy pause here on 5:4; for the last couple of weeks i’ve been snowed under with numerous things. The most important of them is the début concert by my new contemporary music ensemble, Interrobang, taking place in the Recital Hall of Birmingham Conservatoire next Monday (1 February), at 7.30pm. The programme is as follows:
• Kenneth Hesketh – Fra Duri Scogli for six players
• Paul Dolden – The Vertigo of Ritualized Frenzy. Resonance #4 for bassoon and tape [World Première]
• Joanna Bailie – Charh for six players
• Galina Ustvolskaya – Symphony No. 5 “Amen” for reciter and five players
• Joanna Bailie – Five Famous Adagios for clarinet and string trio
• Paul Dolden – The Heart Tears itself Apart with the Power of its own Muscle. Resonance #3 for 10 strings and tape [UK Première]
So… a pretty demanding collection of pieces, but all of them highly engaging, and often pretty mind-blowing. i know 5:4 has a pretty international readership, but anyone not too far from Birmingham, do come along if you can—it’s going to be a spectacular occasion, and lots of fun! Tickets are £5.50 (concessions £3).
An article about Paul Dolden, planned a long time back, will be coming soon, as will—i hope—the first 5:4 podcast.