Our recording of Michael Nyman’s piano trios has just been released, launching The Michael Nyman Chamber Music series on MNR.
Included on the album, Piano Trios 1992-2010, are the premiere recordings of Poczatek and The Photography of Chance as well as performances of Yellow Beach and the Joseph Brodsky inspired Time Will Pronounce.
Concerts have taken us on a South African tour including a recital for the Johannesburg Music Society, a London recital of American trios by John Harbison, Bright Sheng, Charles Wuorinen and Evan Ziporyn described as ‘a ‘brilliant performance’ in The Sunday Times and the commencement of our residency at St. Patrick’s College Drumcondra, Dublin. The December visit includes a composition forum and workshops on pieces selected from the ‘call for scores’, a presentation of John Cage’s Musicircus and a lunchtime concert with Schoenberg’s (arr. Steurmann) Verklärte Nacht and Stephen Gardner’s The Mayfly.
Looking ahead to the New Year, we have concerts in Cardiff (with Patricia Rozario, soprano) on 5th February and Manchester, 28th February. In March we feature trios by Pascal Dusapin, Johannes Maria Staud, David Fennessy, Luke Bedford and Salvatore Sciarrino in a special New Music Festival at the National Concert Hall Dublin. We travel to Queens University Belfast with Robert Plane (clarinet) on 20th March for a short residency featuring two recitals and new works by Queens’ composers. In April we perform in Prague and continue our residency in St. Patrick’s College with visits in February, March and April. We are looking forward to recording a CD of Robert Fokkens’ music in January including his piano trio, Mammals of Southern Africa.
And summer 2013 includes a City of London Festival recital featuring the world premiere performance of The River Still Sings, a multimedia work by Frank Lyons and visuals by Paul Moore, featuring the voice of actor James Nesbitt, which will be repeated at the Walled City Music Festival, Derry, celebrating UK City of Culture in July.