1 May 2018


Lore Lixenberg
Conlon Nancarrow




Naomi Sato



Hen Ogledd


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19.30 Doors
20.30 Programme begins
22.30 Programme ends

Lore Lixenberg performs Conlon Nancarrow


Naomi Sato (solo shō)


Hen Ogledd

Hen Ogledd

Hen Ogledd is Dawn Bothwell, Rhodri Davies and Richard Dawson.

Originally formed as DAWSON-DAVIES: HEN OGLEDD by avant folk savant Richard Dawson and improvised harp pioneer Rhodri Davies, they’ve dropped the surnames and become a trio with the addition of Dawn Bothwell, who also performs altered electronic torch songs as Pentecostal Party.

It’s been a transformative move, Dawson playing guitar, iPad and a panoply of tabletop knickknacks, Davies cleaving new spaces open with his blazing harp splutterations, with Bothwell’s sweet and sour voice and electronics taking the three of them down unexplored avenues littered with hypnotic diversions and long moments of delirium.

Lore Lixenberg

Born in the UK Lore Lixenberg has performed widely in opera, concert repertoire and music-theatre, and works with many leading composers.

She has performed internationally at many festivals and venues including those of Salzburg, Lucerne, Donaueschingen, Aldeburgh, Witten, Manchester International Festival, Aspern festival, Edinburgh and Huddersfield,La Fenice and at the Wien Modern and Oslo Ultima festivals.She also performed in the Berlin Philharmonie as well as the opening season of the Hamburg Elbphilharminie .She has performed and recorded with orchestras and ensembles including the Halle, Tokyo PO, Danish National SO, Swedish Radio Orchestra, Ensemble Intercontemporain, London Sinfonietta, Klangforum Wien, BCMG,BBCSO,Hannover Opera, Ensemble Aventure, Icelandic SO and Danish Royal Opera,SWDR,Nash Ensemble.

Lixenberg worked on the development of and played the Roles of Peaches and Baby Jane in Jerry Springer the Opera (Battersea, Edinburgh, NT, West End) She worked on the development of and appeared in Kombat Opera Presents (Richard Thomas, Thea Wiles BBC2) and Attention Scum (Simon Munnery, Stewart Lee, Richard Thomas). She worked on the development of and played the roles of Millie and Death in The HaHa Hole (Richard Thomas, Stewart Lee) at Hannover Schauspielhaus. She has appeared regularly with Complicite including Miss Donnithornes Maggot (Maxwell Davies) and Out of a House Walked a Man (NT) and workshops for A Dogs Heart (Raskatov). She made her ROH Covent Garden debut in Stephen McNeffs The Gentle Giant and also performed in Joc Pooks Ingerland and went on to premiere Mark Anthony Turnage’s Anna Nicole singing the role of cousin Shelly.

She works regularly with Mahogany Opera and premiered Lost in Thought by Hind and The Mother by Laurence Osbourn also premiered April in the Amazon by Osbourn and performed in experimental versions of Salome and Bluebeards Castle. She also performed with Phoenix Dance Theatre touring Cattle Call (Javier de frutos, Richard Thomas) and played the role of Xai Lin, who began the Tienennmen Square protest,in Looking for Courage a co production between Denmark and China, by Niels Ronsholdt and returned to the Danish Royal Opera to premiere new works by Oehring, Hind, Ronsholdt and Thomas with Trio Zoom.

Recital performances include Schubert Recitals with Accompanying Franz by Dai Fujikura, with Andrew West in France and Japan with La Folle Journee Festival, Eisler Geburtstag recital of Eisler songs with Jonathan Powell, recital of Music from the Weimar Republic at Kings Place with the Aurora Orchestra also singing the role of Anna in The Seven Deadly Sins (Weill) with the Aurora Orchestra. She commissioned two new song cycles with texts by Brecht in new english translation by Tom Kuhns, composed by Richard Thomas and Niels Ronsholdt. She toured extensively with the Brodsky string quartet premiering the new song cycle Trees,Walls and Cities also performing Schubert and Purcell, making her Wigmore Hall debut with the Nash Ensemble. She has also recently been touring Kafka Fragments by Kurtag with violinist Aisha Orezbayeva.

Conlon Nancarrow

Conlon Nancarrow (October 27, 1912 – August 10, 1997) was an American-born composer who lived and worked in Mexico for most of his life. He became a Mexican citizen in 1956.

Nancarrow is best remembered for his studies for player piano, being one of the first composers to use auto-playing musical instruments, realising their potential to play far beyond human performance ability. He lived most of his life in relative isolation, and did not become widely known until the 1980s.

“This music is the greatest discovery since Webern and Ives… something great and important for all music history! His music is so utterly original, enjoyable, perfectly constructed but at the same time emotional…for me it’s the best of any composer living today.” – György Ligeti (in a letter to Charles Amirkhanian)

“Conlon’s music has such an outrageous, original character that it is literally shocking. It confronts you. Like Emerson said of Thoreau, ‘We have a new proposition.” – John Cage (from On Conlon Nancarrow, Eva Soltes)

“The stuff is fantastic… You’ve got to hear it. It’ll kill you.” – Frank Zappa (from Musician, with Dan Forte).


Naomi Sato

Naomi Sato (Tokyo Japan 1975) graduated from the saxophone class of Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music in 1998. She finished 2nd phase saxophone studying at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam in 2002.
She studied improvisation and composition at Conservatorium van Amsterdam.
Naomi is the Semi Finalist of the 2nd International Adolphe Sax Concours in Dinant(1998), and the 3rd prize winner of Saxophonewettbewerb Gustav Bunke in Hannover(1999). She studied the saxophone with Nobuya Sugawa(Tokyo), Arno Bornkamp(Amsterdam) and Claude Delangle(Paris).
She had played with Philharmonic Orchestra of Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music(Tokyo, Japan), Orcketre de lfAcademie europeenne de musique with Pierre Boulez (Aix-en Provence, Fronce), Ensemble Lucilin (Luxembourg), het Residentie Orkest(The Hague, Netherlands), het Ives Ensemble(Zaandam,Netherlands).
She studied the Sho with Ko Ishikawa at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. She is collaborated with many composers and played with Teo Loevendie (composer, saxophone), Harry Starreveld(Flute), Merlijn Twaalfhoven(composer, viola), Olivier Sliepen (saxophone), Laura Carmichael (Clarinet), Netherlands Vocaal Laboratorium, and Nieuw Ensemble(Amsterdam, Netherlands). She has given chamber music concerts in Japan, Netherlands, France, Germany, Denmark and Luxembourg with member of her chamber music grope Duo X Project, improvisation trio Karooshi(Sax, Harp, Contra Bass), and Vlinder Vangers( sho + electronics). And she gave lecture concerts about eMusic scene in Amsterdam through Japanese traditional musicf in Conservatorium van Amsterdam(2000), North Eastern University(2005) and UM Dartmouth(2005).