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KAMMER KLANG - DRUMSCAPES / HAMMERLAND


FRITZ HAUSER
&
WE SPOKE

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MICA LEVI
&
ELIZA McCARTHY


Tuesday 3 February 2015 / Door 8pm, music 8:30pm / Tickets: £7 adv / £9 on the door

Tuesday 3 February Kammer Klang presents Fritz Hauser and We Spoke in solo and ensemble works, and Mica Levi's works performed on the piano by Eliza McCarthy.


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PROGRAMME:


Fritz Hauser - solo and chamber works

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Mica Levi - new pieces for solo piano

Eliza McCarthy, piano


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FRITZ HAUSER


Fritz Hauser, photography by Ute Schendel

Born 1953 in Basel/Switzerland, Fritz Hauser develops soloprograms for drums and percussion which he performs worldwide.
Cross-media works with architect Boa Baumann as well as with director Barbara Frey, the light designer Brigitte Dubach, and the choreographers Joachim Schloemer, Heddy Maalem, and Anna Huber.
Compositions for percussion ensembles and soloists, sound installations (a.o. Therme Vals, Museum of Architecture Basel, Kunsthaus Zug), radio plays, music for films and readings.
In the field of improvised music he has worked together with numerous musicians: Urs Leimgruber, Joëlle Léandre, Marilyn Crispell, Christy Doran, Pauline Oliveros, Lauren Newton, Patrick Demenga, Fred Frith a.o.
Since the Stockholm International Percussion Event 1998 he has been collaborating with different percussion groups and soloists around the world: Kroumata, Synergy Percussion, Nexus, Speak Percussion, Keiko Abe, Steven Schick, Bob Becker, Michael Askill, ensemble XII, Srosh Percussion, a.o.


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WE SPOKE



We Spoke

We Spoke  is a contemporary music company based in Switzerland and London. We Spoke : merges ‘we speak’ with ‘bespoke’ and explores the huge stylistic range of contemporary art music. Each production features a major artistic collaboration – with a composer, dancer, visual artist, choreographer, or other creative practictioner - and focuses on one theme , coupling original musical interpretation with virtuosic live performance.
We Spoke  has performed extensively in Switzerland, the UK and South America in cities including Geneva, Lausanne, Basel, Zurich, London, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Lima. Following over twenty performances in 2012, 2013 concerts include fondation suisse in Paris, Unerhörte Musik in Berlin, KammerKlang in London, Florence international contemporary music festival and a new residency at the Lima Contemporary Music festival as well as the new production 'Song' to be toured in Switzerland and the UK.


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ELIZA McCARTHY


Eliza McCarthy


Eliza McCarthy was the winner of both top prizes at the prestigious British Contemporary Piano Competition 2013.
It is the latest highlight in her career as a performer of 20th Century classical and experimental music, that began in her home city of Philadelphia. After local successes, including the Philadelphia Orchestra Competition, she realised this was where she wished to focus her life.
Moving to England with her family aged twelve, she won a place at the prestigious Menuhin School, and in 2003 accepted a place at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama under Ronan O’Hora. Her enthusiasm led her to one of Europe’s leading contemporary pianists, Rolf Hind; and after completing her Bachelor of Music, she began a Masters and subsequent Artist’s Fellowship under his guidance.
Another significant factor in Eliza’s decision to attend the Guildhall was the opportunity to work with the Drama Department. Most recently, she co-devised Think Only This of Me, a production combining text, movement and her own original music, with Head of Acting Christian Burgess, composer Julian Philips and actor Dinah Stabb.
For the 2009/10 season she was selected as a Park Lane Group Young Artist, and has since had the opportunity to work with world-renowned musicians and composers including George Crumb, Stephen Montague, Judith Weir – and John Adams, who remarked after her performance of his work Phrygian Gates: “In the hands of a great performer, things you never expected or even dreamed were in your music are suddenly revealed.”
In 2012 she also became pianist for acclaimed Birmingham-based contemporary music ensemble Decibel. As a soloist, she has performed at such leading venues as the Barbican, Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room, Vortex Jazz Club, King’s Place, Bishopsgate Institute, the Roundhouse, St. Martin in the Fields, Kettle’s Yard and Steinway Hall.
Eliza was instrumental in developing the highly successful Mindfulness Meditation pilot scheme at the Guildhall. She is currently training as a teacher of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in order to help performers overcome problems with anxiety and depression.
By championing the new and experimental, Eliza is intent on pushing the boundaries of the concert experience and developing her audience through innovative, thought provoking programming.


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MICA LEVI


Mica Levi, photography Marc Broussely/Redferns

Micachu is the stage name of Mica Levi, a singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist born in Surrey, England, and raised in the Bow area of East London. Levi's music, which she calls experimental pop, is a boundary-blurring mix of hip-hop-tinged beats, found sound samples, singalong melodies, rock guitar, and the odd vacuum cleaner or two. She also makes her own instruments, including the Chu, an adapted guitar that she named after herself. Levi began playing and composing music at age four, but despite her classical training -- which included studying viola, violin, and composition at the Purcell School and studying composition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama -- Levi was just as inspired by hip-hop and the U.K.'s thriving grime and garage scenes. Along with DJing and MCing at shows and creating her own loops and beats in her bedroom, Levi released a mixtape called Filthy Friends on her MySpace page that spanned all of her pop, classical, and hip-hop favorites, including Golden Silvers, Man Like Me, and Jack Peñate. Micachu connected with producer Matthew Herbert, who signed her to his Accidental label and worked with her on songs for her debut album; late in 2007, she decided to broaden her music to a live, full-band sound, so she recruited drummer/percussionist Marc Pell and keyboardist Raisa Khan to form the Shapes. The band released its debut limited-edition single, Lone Ranger, in May 2008 and its follow-up, Golden Phone, which became a MySpace hit. That year, Levi also had one of her works performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra at Royal Festival Hall as a part of her composition studies. Micachu and the Shapes toured that spring and summer, playing with the Mystery Jets and dates at Bestival and V Festival. In spring 2009 Micachu's debut album, Jewellery, was released by Rough Trade Records. (allmusic.com)

In 2013 Mica Levi has written and recorded the soundtrack for the science fiction film Under The Skin, directed by Jonathan Glazer and starring Scarlett Johansson. (roughtrade.com)