A Winged Victory for the Sullen + Hauschka

12 December 2015 / 20:00
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Please note: Tickets will be taken offline shortly before the start time for this concert, however tickets are available from box office.

Two of the most experimental voices in contemporary classical music present new evolutions of their work: A Winged Victory for the Sullen reprise and expand their BBC Proms collaboration with London Brass, and pianist and composer Hauschka revisits a project featuring him on grand piano alongside two self-playing Disklaviers (prepared piano).

Enhancing their sonic palette with the addition of a brass section, A Winged Victory for the Sullen take classical instrumentation and sounds, stretching and warping them into slow, shifting soundscapes. Rumbling guitar, string and electronic loops slowly build into rousing melodies that make your hair stand on end, before dropping back into a lulling calm.

Opening the evening, Volker Bertelmann aka Hauschka uses the humble piano as a portal to take you through to a world of new sounds. Manipulating not just the keys but the instrument’s innards, he mutes, blocks and bends piano strings to recreate everything from wobbling synth lines, to percussive clicks and beeps and even crackling white noise. Here he expands his arsenal to include two Disklavier’s – acoustic pianos controlled by electronic sensors – in addition to his usual prepared piano, performing music from his new album Abandoned City alongside improvised material.

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A Winged Victory for the Sullen performed in Milton Court Concert Hall in 2014 - you can watch the Boiler Room footage here:






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