The evening opens with Feed Forward by the American composer Ashley Fure, who describes the piece as moving from ‘sharp edges and stark shifts’ to ‘fused, fluid expanses’ as it explores the kinetic and elemental. The New York Times calls the Pulitzer-shortlisted Fure ‘one of the finest young composers around.’
Next, we hear music by the young Iranian composer Anahiti Abbasi, the recipient of a 2015 Morton Gold ASCAP young composers award, who is currently working on an opera based on texts by the contemporary Austrian poet Friederike Mayröcker.
The Berlin-based composer Martin Grütter describes his 2017 work for seven instruments, Die Häutung des Himmels, as a ‘hyper-energetic, micro-choreographed [work]... alternating dense counterpoint with periods of quiet repose.’ The founder of the Schwelbrand music festival, he has won many awards for composition in his native Germany.
At a 2016 performance by Ensemble Modern at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, The Guardian described Vito Zuraj’s piece as ‘the most memorable music of the night.’ The Slovenian composer had been awarded the Claudio Abbado Composition Prize that spring.
The final work presented is Turkish composer Zeynep Gedizlioglu’s striking Kesik (Cut) – for ensemble, in which 12 instruments engage in a spiky, tensely negotiated polyphony.
This concert is conducted by Vimbayi Kaziboni, formerly the Assistant Conductor of Ensemble Modern, and currently Assistant Conductor of the Paris-based new music group Ensemble intercontemporain.
RepertoireAshley Fure: Feed forward (UK premiere)