Explore Ensemble is considered one of Britain’s best up-and-coming new-music ensembles. For their Transit debut, they’ve brought along a top soloist, soprano Juliet Fraser, as well as a very fine selection of brand-new works.
Lisa Illean weaves a mesmerizing sonic tapestry with motives she found in nature, while Nicoline Soeter builds her piece with implicit memories. Joanna Bailie’s Dissolve makes the tnagible world disappear, whereas Oliver Leith’s Me Hollywood adds a soundtrack to it.
Oliver Leith: Me Hollywood
Nicoline Soeter: Solution (premiere)
Lisa Illean: A through-grown earth (premiere)
Joanna Bailie: Dissolve
COPRODUCTION NOVEMBER MUSIC, HUDDERSFIELD CONTEMPORORY MUSIC FESTIVAL
Composer Nicoline Soeter has
developed as a multidisciplinary artist the past few years, focusing
on the correlation between music and text. In 2016/2017, she was supported by New
Arrivals. Soeter has been commissioned by the Fonds Podiumkunsten, festival
Wintertuin, November Music, Cultura Nova and Transit, among others. Her works
have been performed at various festivals and concert venues, such as November
Music, Cross-linx and the Gaudeamus Music Week, and is published by Donemus
Joanna Bailie was born in London in 1973 and currently lives in Berlin. She studied composition with Richard Barrett, electronic music at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in Holland and in 1999 won a fellowship to study at Columbia University. Her recent work includes chamber music and installation, and is characterized by the use of field recordings together with acoustic instruments. She is also interested in the interplay between the audio and visual.
Lisa Illean is a composer of acoustic and acousmatic music, based in London. Her music has been described as “exquisitely quiet shadows shaded with microtunings” (The Sydney Morning Herald) and “a compelling exercise in stillness and quietude” (The Australian). Works span pieces written for orchestra to those commissioned for new, prepared or adapted instruments, and sound works conceived for unique spaces. Many compositions arise out of working with non-tempered tuning systems, playing close attention to sonority, subtly unfolding harmonic forms, auditory phenomena and perspective.
Described as one of the UK’s “top new music bands,” Explore Ensemble is a London-based chamber music group built around a sextet. It performs, commissions, and promotes new music by composers of today while also renewing gems of the recent past for audiences throughout the UK and beyond.