The Riot Ensemble

The Riot Ensemble

Curated & Created by NTU - Groundbreaking at University Hall

University Hall

Described by The Times as "always impeccable: entrancing and highly seductive", we're delighted to welcome back the Riot Ensemble for another dose of exciting and enthralling contemporary music at University Hall.

The shape-shifting group present a programme exploring themes of virtuosity, with works by Pauline Oliveros, Beat Furrer, Jagoda Szmytka and Rebecca Saunders.

Rock Piece, Pauline Oliveros
Lotófagos I, Beat Furrer
Sky-me, type-me, Jagoda Szmytka
Text Scores, Pauline Oliveros
Fury, Rebecca Saunders

Conductor: Aaron Holloway-Nahum

Following their appearance in October, the Riot Ensemble returns with a concert that explores themes of virtuosity and aspects of performance and communication.

In Beat Furrer’s Lotofagos I, a soprano and double bass appear to be trapped in an echo chamber. In Jagoda Szmytka’s sky-me, type-me, four performers resort to walkie talkies and megaphones to try to make themselves understood. Rebecca Saunders’ Fury is a virtuoso exploration of the extremes of musical gesture. In between these works are examples of a different kind of challenge. The music of the late avant-garde pioneer Pauline Oliveros – in the form of texts written for rocks and other unconventional ways of making sound – seems to leave lots to chance, but requires a unique level of spiritual commitment instead.

This concert will be approximately 1 hour, without an interval.

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