Posted on 28 Aug 2017 in sca eventConcert

Apartment House

From the UK

21 September 2017 – 21 September 2017, 8:00pm
Fei & Milton Wong Experimental Theatre, SFU at Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings, Vancouver V6B 1H4
Tickets: $7 Student | $10 Senior/SFU Staff & Faculty | $15 General

Apartment House

Please join us for an evening of experimental and contemporary music by the UK's Apartment House.

For over 20 years the UK group Apartment House has been captivating audiences with its performances of experimental and contemporary music. The group has performed all over the World, from Moscow to Melbourne and from Sao Paulo to Vilnius, and is a firm feature on the British concert scene, with regular performances at Café Oto, London Contemporary Music Festival and a residency at the Wigmore Hall. Apartment House is the most frequently featured UK ensemble in the history of the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and its John Cage portrait concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London won the group a Royal Philharmonic Society Award for outstanding contribution to Chamber Music.

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Cellist and inter-disciplinary artist/composer Anton Lukoszevieze is one of the most diverse performers of his generation and is notable for his performances of avant-garde, experimental and improvised music. Anton has given many performances at numerous international festivals throughout Europe and the USA (Maerzmusik, Donaueschingen, Wien Modern, GAS, Transart, Ultima) and BBC Radio 3. Deutschlandfunk, Berlin produced a radio portrait of him in September, 2003. Anton has also performed concerti with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra at the 2001 Aldeburgh festival, the Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra at the Tectonics Festival, as well as performances with contemporary vocal ensemble Exaudi and King’s College Choir, Cambridge. He is notable for his use of the curved bow (BACH-Bogen), which he is using to develop new repertoire for the cello. From 2005-7 he was New Music Fellow at King’s College, Cambridge and Kettle’s Yard Gallery. Anton is the subject of seven films by the renowned artist-filmmaker Jayne Parker and recently featured in Crippled Symmetry by artist Beatrice Gibson. From 2003-14 he was a member of Zeitkratzer and in 2008 made his contemporary dance debut with the Vincent Dance Company in Broken Chords, Dusseldorf. Anton has premiered and commissioned new works for cello by a multitude of contemporary composers, including Christopher Fox, Gerhard Staebler, Amnon Wolman, Kunsu Shim, Laurence Crane, Richard Ayres, Phill Niblock, Sven Lyder Karhs, Jennifer Walshe, Claudia Molitor, Rytis Mazulis, Arturas Bumsteinas, Ricardis Kabelis, Juste Janulyte, Richard Emsley, James Saunders, John Lely, Tim Parkinson, Alwynne Pritchard, Peter Eotvos, Egidija Medeksaite, Joseph Kudirka, Benedict Drew, Bryn Harrison, Joseph Kudirka, Mathew Adkins. Karkheinz Essl, Zbigniew Karkowski and Reinhold Friedl. As a composer his work has been performed by Exaudi, Mark Knoop, Rhodri Davies, Jennifer Walshe and Apartment House. In June 2009 he was awarded the ‘Millennium Star’ medal, for services to Lithuanian culture, by the Government of the Republic of Lithuania. In 2012 he was awarded a Royal Philharmonic Society Award for outstanding contribution to chamber music.

Philip Thomas specialises in performing experimental notated and improvised music as a soloist and with leading experimental music group Apartment House, winners of the 2012 Royal Philharmonic Society award for Chamber Music and Song. Recent performances with them have included a portrait concert of John Cage at the Queen Elizabeth Hall as part of the International Chamber Music series. Recent solo projects have included premiere performances of works by Michael Finnissy, Howard Skempton and Christian Wolff; programmes of Canadian and British experimental music; a 12-hour performance of Cage’s Electronic Music for Piano; and a survey of Christian Wolff’s piano music. CD releases include a triple-CD set of Wolff’s solo piano music, music for multiple pianos by Morton Feldman, performances on the Wandelweiser und so weiter box-set, music by Christopher Fox, Tim Parkinson, Michael Pisaro, James Saunders and improvisations with Chris Burn and Simon H Fell. He has also performed recently with pianists Mark Knoop, Catherine Laws, Ian Pace and John Tilbury, and with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. He is currently Professor of Performance at the University of Huddersfield, co-Director of CeReNeM, and co-editor of Changing the System: the Music of Christian Wolff (Ashgate Publishing, 2010).

Mira Benjamin is a Canadian violinist, researcher and new-music instigator. She performs new and experimental music, with a special interest in microtonality & tuning practice. She actively commissions music from composers at all stages of their careers, and develops each new work through multiple performances. Current collaborations include new works by James Weeks, Gyrid Nordal Kaldestad, Scott Mc Laughlin, Cobi van Tonder, and Taylor Brook. Originally from Vancouver, British Columbia, Mira lived for ten years in Montréal, where she was a member of Quatuor Bozzini. Since 2014 she has resided in London (UK), where she regularly performs with ensembles such as Apartment House and  Decibel, and is currently the Duncan Druce Scholar in Music Performance at the University of Huddersfield. Mira was the recipient of the 2016 Virginia Parker Prize from the Canada Council for the Arts. The prize is awarded annually to a Canadian musician in recognition of their contribution to the artistic life in Canada and internationally.