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Jane Chapman: A Shimmering Microcosm
Out Hear Music / Monday, 25 June 2012 - 8:00pm / Hall Two
Mark Wingfield/Jane Chapman Parallel Time*
Roger Redgate Residua (First complete performance)*
Duncan Macleod The New Atlantis
Sohrab Uduman Derrière le Mirroir*
(Live visuals by Jon Barraclough)
Images by Norman McBeath (during the interval)
Stockhausen Nachtmusick (Aus den sieben Tagen)
Simon Emmerson Dreamscape**
(Live visuals by David Bickerstaff)
Wingfield Smouldering Bridge*
*World premiere **UK premiere
Jane Chapman harpsichord (percussion)
Kate Ryder piano
Mark Wingfield electric guitar
'There came a moment of madness when the feeling harpsichord thought that it was the only harpsichord in the world, and that the whole harmony of the universe resided in it.' Diderot (1769)
Pioneering harpsichordist Jane Chapman brings together ground-breaking performers and visual artists in a unique collaboration, exploring ideas of existence and reality through state-of-the-art technology and dramatic innovation.
Jane Chapman gives the first complete performance of Roger Redgate's Residua, unadulterated essence of harpsichord, and continues her 'cinematic' collaboration with electric guitarist Mark Wingfield, in a sensual symbiosis of resonating strings stretching the edges of sound. Sohrab Uduman and Jon Barraclough explore the energy generated from the fusion between live performance, live computer transformation of sound and moving image, bringing to life an aural and visual theatre of gesture, movement and allusion. In Duncan MacLeod's The New Atlantis the harpsichord is suspended in a utopian world. Pianist Kate Ryder and harpsichord then play a strange sonic game in Simon Emmerson's Dreamscape for live electronics and vocalisation, with interactive visuals by David Bickerstaff. Performers come together in text inspired works by Stockhausen, and Norman McBeath shows vibrant and luminous images.
"Cinematic eloquence" (Wingfield/Chapman)
"Britain's most progressive harpsichordist"
Independent on Sunday
"Her virtuosity commands attention"
BBC Music Magazine