Sonorama by Claudia Molitor

cmSonorama is a major new audio work by composer and artist Claudia Molitor for the otherwise silent view of the train journey between London St Pancras and Margate in Kent.

Downloadable as an App from 19 June, Sonorama was curated and produced by Electra in partnership with Turner Contemporary.

More details to follow….

Claudia Molitor is a composer/artist whose work draws on traditions of music and sound practices but also extends to video, performance and fine art. Her work often becomes a site where conventions of music notation and performance, and hierarchies of listening and seeing are explored. Running through her practice is a curiosity in un-noticed and fragile sounds, structures and thoughts. Considering the possibilities presented by the spaces between notions of artistic disciplines is also central to her work.

Claudia’s work is regularly commissioned, performed and broadcast throughout Europe, working for example with hcmf//, Wien Modern, London Sinfonietta, Royal Philharmonic Society, Spor, Tete a Tete, BBC Proms, Tate Britain, Electra Productions, Sonica, NMC Recordings, Spitalfields Music, Ensemble Resonanz and Cryptic.

Scottish film and TV composer Malcolm Lindsay on BBC Radio Scotland Classics Unwrapped

album coverMalcolm will be chatting to BBC Classics Unwrapped host Jamie MacDougall tonight about his latest album After the Snow – out on 9th February. You can listen online tonight from 8.05pm

The new album features a piece co-written with clarinettist Barnaby Robson called Watkins, which is inspired by the photography of Margaret Watkins. Gramophone Magazine is running an online gallery featuring a selection of these images:

After the Snow by Malcolm Lindsay

album coverAfter the Snow, released on 9 February 2015, is the latest album by acclaimed Scottish composer Malcolm Lindsay. Beautifully performed by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, conducted by Greg Lawson, the CD features a world premiere co-write with English National Opera clarinettist Barnaby Robson.

The album contains three suites; Remembrance, Vision and Last Words and draws inspiration from the spoken word of Dr King, the written words of Mark Halliday, Bernard MacLaverty and Janice Galloway, the street sounds collected by artist and printmaker Stuart Duffin in Jerusalem and the photography of Margaret Watkins.

Malcolm Lindsay proves himself a composer of rare subtlety and this music is written from the heart. A very personal body of work that reflects Malcolm’s emotional journey of one kind or another, After the Snow is a luscious sonic experience, both meditative and cinematic in quality.

Red Note Ensemble European tour begins in Orleans

Red Note Ensemble and LOD Music Theatre are touring François Sarhan’s Lâchez Tout! around Europe in 2014 and 2015. The tour starts tonight in Orleans at

François Sarhan, composer in residence at the National Theatre in Orleans between 2009 and 2012 is a cellist, composer, author, encyclopaedist, and a creator of stop motion animation and film.

Lâchez Tout! is a concert and silent film with live music, actors and two Foley (film soundeffect) artists, with François Sarhan himself performing on stage. Circassian actor Claudio Stellato plays Bobok, the central character of the film, and the Foley Artists create the sounds of the doors slamming, the footsteps and the passing trucks.

Lâchez Tout! is a total experience, halfway between a detective story and a philosophical tragicomedy.

Manchester Camerata 2014/15 UpClose season kicks off with Bill Ryder-Jones

Manchester Camerata’s UpClose season begins with an edgy collaboration with Manchester Literature Festival and Bill Ryder-Jones, former lead guitarist from The Coral and session guitarist with Arctic Monkeys. This is the first live performance of Ryder-Jones’ landmark solo album If… and actor John Simm has recorded extracts from Calvino’s novel to be played on the night.

If… is a collection of cinematic songs that fuse exquisite strings and sublime orchestral movements with emotive, vocal-led pieces and has established Bill Ryder-Jones as a talented composer and songwriter in his own right. This concert features Ryder-Jones on guitar and vocals/strings and orchestration from Manchester Camerata in the inspiring surroundings of Manchester Cathedral.

sound Festival & Red Note commission set for first ever UK New Music Biennale

Red Note GCThe partnership between sound, Scotland’s leading New Music festival, Woodend Barn and the acclaimed Red Note Ensemble continues in a new commission from composer Stephen Montague, which is to be part of the UK’s first ever New Music Biennale.

Montague will write a new children’s work for 6 musicians and narrator based on tales sent in by children from different countries across the Commonwealth, which will be rewritten by award-winning playwright Zinnie Harris. The work will be premiered at Woodend Barn in Banchory (Aberdeenshire) in June 2014, followed by further performances at the South Bank Centre in London and in Glasgow as part of the 2014 Commonwealth Games celebrations.

The work will also be broadcast by BBC Radio 3 and recorded by NMC Records. The children’s stories will be sourced through one of Scotland’s major development charities, SCIAF’s, international partners. The commission was one of twenty announced by the PRS for Music Foundation at London’s South Bank Centre.

Thomas Butler appointed Embedded Composer in Residence at Red Note

Glasgow based composer and conductor Thomas Butler has been appointed composer-in-residence at Red Note Ensemble. His residency is part of Sound and Music’s Embedded project, which partners musicians with national arts organisations keen to support and develop creative practice and forge new relationships.

Funded by The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Embedded residencies have an extremely competitive application process, with only five places awarded in 2012-2013. Embedded is a bespoke programme offering up-and-coming composers transformational experience in terms of talent development, artistic ambition, professional practise and growing networks.

Thomas begins his 18 month residency in April. He plans to use composition, performance and field recording techniques to explore the psychogeography of Glasgow. The final distributed multimedia work will engage with the urban landscape of Glasgow and its affect on the people of Glasgow and will be performed in and around Glasgow in summer 2014.

4 Star Review in Scotsman for Red Note’s Noisy Nights

Gig review: Red Note Ensemble, Edinburgh Jam House
By David Kettle
Published on Thursday 10 May 2012 04:02

With its array of massed laptops, miles of cabling, hi-tech headsets and glowing touch-sensitive globes, this was never going to be an ordinary evening – not even for the crack players of Scottish contemporary music Red Note.

The group joined forces with the Edinburgh-based Inventor Composer Coaction for seven new pieces combining instrumental sounds and live electronic manipulations of those sounds in some startlingly original ways.

The ever-changing textures of Jessica Aslan’s likeable Cache, for example, triggered sampled noises from Diemo Schwarz’s CataRT software to conjure a ghostly mirror ensemble, heard but never seen. The Red Note players donned sensors that looked worryingly like offenders’ tags for Shiori Usui’s aptly titled Into the Flesh, which they performed as much with their muscle movements as with their instruments.

Admittedly, the technology outshone the musical content in some pieces, and the raucous improvisations of Christos Michalakos’s concluding Death Ground (Approximately) seemed a little out of place.

But Stuart MacRae’s masterful Shadow Study showed that less can be so much more, its quiet unisons gradually gathering a halo of subtle electronic effects as the piece developed.

The high point of the evening, though, was Harry Whalley’s Clasp Together (beta), which required Red Note clarinettist Peter Furniss to don a headband in order to control the piece’s electronics with his brainwaves. The score includes thought commands for the performer, the programme notes informed us, and watching Furniss close his eyes and relax his mind to take the piece to its quiet conclusion was unforgettable.

Rating: ****