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Peninsula Arts Contemporary Music Festival 2009

Music and Evolution

Friday 27 February – Sunday 1st March 2009

Festival Directors:
Simon Ible, Director of Music, University of Plymouth
Eduardo R Miranda, Professor of Computer Music, University of Plymouth

One of the UK’s most innovative festivals of contemporary music with 3 days of performances and premieres of the latest in contemporary classical music, by internationally-renowned performers such as the Maggini Quartet. This year the festival celebrates the 200th anniversary of Darwin’s birth. Darwin-inspired acoustic works by composers including Michael Stimpson - responding to Darwin the man, the scientist and the socio-political revolutionary - sit side-by-side in the programme with work inspired by Plymouth being a world-centre of evolutionary computer music research.

This year’s festival will also include talks, installations, films and workshops of contemporary acoustic and electroacoustic music. (Click here for Festival Overview PODCast.)

Composers and writers in attendance include:
Michael Stimpson, Ian Pace, Maggini Quartet, Rebecca Stott, Karen Wimhurst, Eduardo R Miranda, John Matthias, Jane Grant, Nick Ryan, MISO Ensemble and Miguel Azguime, Sam Richards, Ten Tors Orchestra, Roland Perrin

The full program is detailed below the newsfeed.

Newsfeed:
26/02/09 ** Darwin's Barnacle: PDF presentation by Karen Wimhurst
26/02/09 ** interFace II preview: Nick Grew and Drummer
16/02/09 ** Festival PODCAST #4 - Mike Phillips: i-DAT Variations
04/02/09 ** Festival PODCAST #3 - Ian Pace interviews Michael Finnissy
02/02/09 ** Blog Update: Interview- Karen Wimhurst on Darwins's Barnacle
31/12/08 ** Salt Itinerary Opera video clip previews
01/10/08 ** Festival MYSPACE page
01/06/08 ** 2008 Festival Highlights and CLIPS

Friday 27 February

5.30pm:

Festival Launch and Exhibition Free event
The Gallery, Roland Levinksy Building, University of Plymouth

Fragility of Flight: Exhibition

The festival directors will launch the festival in a gallery which is transformed into an aviary of sound and image related to birdlife and our current environmental context. Installations of drawings will echo the format experienced when opening a pop-up book where images create a shallow 3D dioramic space.

 

7.30pm:

Concert Free event
Jill Craigie Cinema, Roland Levinsky Building, University of Plymouth

Fragility of Flight: Clarinet and Electronics, with Film

Karen Wimhurst - Clarinet (composer)
Sarah Homer - Clarinet
Neyire Ashworth - Clarinet   
Keith McIntyre - Artist
Susan Sloan - Digital Animator

A multimedia performance of live clarinet and electronics with film. The “Fragility of Flight” performance combines a virtuosic clarinet trio and innovative use of new animation technologies. It is a surreal anthropomorphic tragi-comedy in which birds and humankind merge to face survival in the wake of profound changes.

Saturday 28 February

11.15am:

Talk Free event
Jill Craigie Cinema, Roland Levinsky Building, University of Plymouth

Jane Grant, John Matthias, Nick Ryan
The Fragmented Orchestra
Sound-artist Jane Grant, musician/physicist John Matthias and BAFTA winner Nick Ryan won the PRS New Music Award 2008 for The Fragmented Orchestra, a visionary work which enables us to hear the human brain at work and the sound of the UK. This talk will discuss and explain the concept.

 

2.00pm:

Concert (Multimedia) Free event
Jill Craigie Cinema, Roland Levinsky Building, University of Plymouth

i-DAT with Dr. Andrew Evenden
Variations (premiere)

A digital AV composition in three forms: A10 - "These two months at Plymouth were the most miserable which I ever spent”. F10 - Laws of Variation. M10 - Gene-Pool (the shallow end). Inspired by Darwin’s thwarted attempts to leave Plymouth, Variations is a generative work playfully exploring some of Darwin’s insights.

 

3:30pm

Talk Free event
Theatre 1, Roland Levinsky Building, University of Plymouth

Miso Music
Introduction to the Technology used in the opera 'Salt Itinery'

The opera Salt Itinerary breaks new ground in electronic music and questions the boundaries between music, theatre, and opera. This pre-concert talk will discuss the technical and musical elements of the opera.

 

4:00pm

Opera £10 (£5 over 60’s) free f+, UoP staff and students
Theatre 1, Roland Levinsky Building, University of Plymouth

Miso Ensemble
Salt Itinery

Reflecting on Art and Madness, Salt Itinerary revolves around language - words as meaning and sound. Live electronic audio and video processing with diffusion of voice, poetry, gesture, music and the drawings creates a sensory polyphony. This opera is a powerful and engaging combination of music and drama, performed in 4 languages.

* Click here for article on Salt Itinerary - "Digitality of the Opera" *

 

6:30pm:

Talk Free event
Upper Lecture Theatre, Sherwell Centre, University of Plymouth

On the Composition of 'The Beagle'
Michael Stimpson

Michael Stimpson is an internationally renowned composer whose works have been performed at the UK's leading venues. His String Quartet No. 2 (The Beagle) is the second part of Age of Wonders, which commemorates the 200th anniversary of the birth of Darwin. In this talk, Stimpson introduces his new composition.

 

7:00pm

Concert, £10 (£5 over 60’s) free f+, UoP staff and students
Upper Lecture Theatre, Sherwell Centre, University of Plymouth

Maggini String Quartet

Formed in 1988, the Maggini Quartet is established as one of the finest British string quartets, both in performance and through their international award winning recordings. This opportunity to hear them premiere Michael Stimpson’s new work is not to be missed.

Schubert 'Quartettsatz’ D703
Piazzolla ‘Four for Tango’
Michael Stimpson ‘The Beagle' (premiere)

Mendelssohn Op.44 No.1

 

9:00pm - 10:30pm

Concert Free event organized by members of ICCMR and University of Plymouth (Exmouth)
Southside Café, Roland Levinsky Building, University of Plymouth

Interface II

Following the popularity of last year’s event we present performances by the University of Plymouth’s Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music Research, including music generated of artificial swarms, composition with human brainwaves, and electroacoustic work. The Southside Café will be open throughout the event serving coffee, food and wine.

* Click here for an Interview with Alexis Kirke, Interface Organiser *



Sunday 1 March

11.15am:

Talk Free event
Jill Craigie Cinema, Roland Levinsky Building, University of Plymouth

Evolutionary Music
Professor Eduardo R. Miranda

The University of Plymouth is a world-centre of Evolutionary Computer Music research. One of the questions that this field seeks to answer is: Would it be possible to program machines to evolve their own musical compositional rules? Plymouth researchers are using Evolutionary Computation and Artificial Life to model musical evolution.

 

1.30pm:

Talk Free event
Theatre 2, Roland Levinsky Building, University of Plymouth

On the Composition of "Kropotkin"
Sam Richards

Sam Richards gives a pre-concert talk introducing the ideas behind his composition Kropotkin.

 

2.00pm:

Concert Free event
Crosspoint (Foyer), Roland Levinsky Building, University of Plymouth

Kropotkin
Sam Richards

Composition, improvisation, group and solo playing, coexist in Sam Richards’ new work for large group. It is inspired by Kropotkin’s Mutual Aid (1902), a rebuttal of crude social Darwinism, Kropotkin saw cooperation as a greater factor in life than competition. In this experimental piece cooperation between many players is fundamental. 

* Click here for Kim Paisey's preview of "Kropotkin" *

* Click here for an Interview with Sam Richards*

 

3:30pm:

Talk Free event
Upper Lecture Theatre, Sherwell Centre, University of Plymouth

The Composition of Grain Streams
Professor Eduardo R. Miranda

Grain Streams is a piano and electronics piece by composer Eduardo R. Miranda. In this talk Professor Miranda discusses the composition process for this piece of music.

 

4:00pm:

Concert £5 (£3 over 60’s) free f+, UoP staff and students
Upper Lecture Theatre, Sherwell Centre, University of Plymouth

Piano and Electronics
Ian Pace

Ian Pace is one of Europe’s leading performers of contemporary piano music. In this concert he will demonstrate his extraordinary virtuosity through performances of a selection of pieces for piano and electronics, including Eduardo R. Miranda’s Grain Streams, Konrad Boehmer’s Orpheus Unplugged, and work by Hilda Paredes.

* Click here for Ian Pace in conversation with Michael Finnissy *

 

7:00pm:

Talk Free event
Theatre 1, Roland Levinsky Building, University of Plymouth

Interview
Rebecca Stott

Novelist Rebecca Stott is the author of the best-selling Darwin’s Barnacle and Professor of English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. She will be interviewed by Dr. Peter Smithers of the University of Plymouth, a Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society.

 

8:00pm:

Opera £10 (£5 over 60’s) free f+, UoP staff and students
Theatre 1, Roland Levinsky Building, University of Plymouth

Darwin's Barnacle
Karen Wimhurst and Rebecca Stott

An intimate piece fusing music theatre, drawing and scientific research, portraying Darwin's eight year obsession with barnacles. While participating in Dr. Gully's strange water cure, Darwin struggles to unlock the riddle of this abberant species to move him towards one of the most spectacular breakthroughs ever known. Artist Keith McIntyre and composer Karen Wimhurst collaborate with writer Rebecca Stott in a work inspired by Stott's wonderful novel 'Darwin and the Barnacle'. Directed by Rhian Hutchin's with lighting by Ace McCarron.

 

9:30pm:

Festival Party Free event
Café, Roland Levinsky Building, University of Plymouth                       

Roland Perrin

Roland Perrin is a composer and pianist who creates music that incorporates irresistible world music grooves within the European symphonic tradition. Come and enjoy a relaxing drink in the café and listen to this renowned Jazz pianist and accompaniment. The Southside Café/Bar will be open throughout the event.

* Click here for Roland Perrin in conversation with Lola Perrin *

Peninsula Arts Composer-in-residence:
Karen Wimhurst
PACMF Programming Liaison Assistant :
Alexis Kirke

 

For more information contact and tickets:

Peninsula Arts, University of Plymouth,
Roland Levinsky Building,
Drake Circus,
Plymouth PL4 8AA
Tel: 01752 238684
Email: pen_arts_enqs@pacmf.co.uk

Or at the door


Past Events

Voices III
Peninsula Arts Contemporary Music Festival
Friday 22, Saturday 23, Sunday 24 February 2008
[Details]

Voices II
Peninsula Arts Contemporary Music Festival
Friday 23, Saturday 24, Sunday 25, Monday 26 February 2007
[Details]

Voices I
Peninsula Arts Contemporary Music Festival
Friday 24, Saturday 25& Sunday 26 February 2006
[Details]

Contemporary Music Weekend
Peninsula Arts Contemporary Music Weekend
Performance, Technology and Research
[Details]
Friday 25, Saturday 26 & Sunday 27 February 2005
A weekend of research and new creative developments
at the Computer Music Research Lab University of Plymouth.
[Leaflet]

 

 


Maggini Quartet


Michael Stimpson


Ian Pace


Rebecca Stott

composer
Eduardo Reck Miranda

composer
Simon Ible


Nick Ryan

composer
John Matthias


Sam Richards


Karen Wimhurst


Miguel Azguime