On & Off Warehouse Photos

We can’t quite believe over a month has past since our ‘ON & OFF TOUR 2015’. Thanks to everyone that came to hear us and to the fantastic composers we had the chance to work with on the project. Recordings and video are coming soon but we wanted to share just four of the many fantastic photos Markus Kinch took in the rehearsal for (and after) our gig at The Warehouse…

The setup

Joley takes on the mighty sandpaper boards

 

 

 

 

 

The megs!

Post gig happiness!

Two Quick ‘On & Off’ Questions: Benjamin Oliver

The fourth in our two question series is well, me…Ben Oliver, the conductor of the Workers Union Ensemble! Here goes…

WUE: In what way does your piece respond to the ‘On & Off’ theme?

Ben: In my piece, ZEROS AND ONES, I work with the idea of musical switches that either turn different musical materials ‘on and off’, or transform them in some way. So for example at the beginning of the piece the piano has a descending pattern that turns ‘on’ layers of material, and a high angry chord turns ‘off’ layers of material. As the piece develops switches also reverse, slow down and speed up the music.

WUE: What music are you into at the moment?

Ben: I have a lecture I do about Ives most years at Southampton. I love his music and The Houstatonic at Stockbridge blows my mind every time I hear it!

 

I’m writing a piece for ensemble and poet and the moment and my favourite discovery in researching the piece has been a really tiny piece featuring Kenneth Patchen called Murder Of Two Men By A Young Kid Wearing Lemon Colored Gloves:

Murder Of Two Men By A Young Kid Wearing Lemon Colored Gloves from AdamPellinDeeve on Vimeo.

 

Two Quick ‘On & Off’ Questions: Kate Whitley

With only a few days to our rehearsals start here is the third of our super short interviews leading up to our ‘ON & OFF’ tour (18th-21st February), this time with composer and pianist Kate Whitley.

WUE: In what way does your piece respond to the ‘On & Off’ theme?

Kate: I love the little fragments of sounds in On  And Off And To And Fro, the delicate gestures and ideas that flit by. I tried to explore a similar idea in my piece, although on a totally different sound level! It is a fun piece to respond to because it’s so bold and disjointed.

WUE: What music are you into at the moment?

I am learning some tiny Kurtag pieces at the moment, which has got me really into his music! As well as Jonathan Harvey whose Tombeau de Messaien I am playing in February.

Here is Kurtag performing his amazing Perpetuum Mobile:

Two Quick ‘On & Off’ Questions: Mic Spencer

The second in our series of quick composer questions is Scottish composer Mic Spencer. His new work for us is entitled CLSTRBMB.

WUE: In what way does your piece respond to the ‘On & Off’ theme?

Mic: OK – I’m going to be honest – I didn’t realise I was supposed to be responding to Simon’s piece haha…however – I’d say that the use of megaphones in my piece ties in to an extent with the Steen-Andersen, and I might well be able to think of other ways as I write the programme note tonight!

WUE: What music are you into at the moment?

Mic: Wow! I’ve been revisiting Nono in the light of a friend’s sudden death (who happened to love Luigi’s music); which is off-set by recent purchases of Funkadelic and an album by John Parish and P J Harvey (I have their first collaboration ‘Dance Hall at Louse Point’, bits of which I used to teach in composition modules at the University of Leeds and only just discovered this 2nd collaborative venture over Christmas) – all stimulating stuff, if a tad eclectic!

Thanks Mic. Here is a clip of PJ Harvey and John Parish on the David Letterman Show:

ON AND OFF AND TO AND FRO

Workers Union are delighted to announce that we have been selected for Sound and Music’s Composer-Curator Programme for 2014/2015, which is funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

The Workers Union Ensemble (WUE) present a programme of five new work developed in response to Simon Steen-Andersen’s On And Off And To And Fro (2008) for soprano saxophone, double bass, vibraphone and three players with megaphones. The new pieces might be a direct response to Steen-­Andersen’s piece or could be a more tangential reaction to the title and will be performed alongside On And Off And To And Fro in a mini-­tour of England. The composers featured will include three twentysomething emerging stars Ryan Latimer (WUE Composer ­In ­Association), Kate Whitley and Jay Capperauld (winner of the WUE Heidi Cupp Award 2013) as well as two slightly older heads Benjamin Oliver (conductor of the WUE) and Scottish composer Mic Spencer.

Videos from LSO St Luke’s, November 2013

We are pleased to be able to share the videos from our gig at LSO St. Luke’s in November, which was in collaboration with LSO Soundhub.. Thanks to Ciaran Smith and and Chris Rogers for the videos!

Workers Union Ensemble @ the Turner Sims

What
Workers Union Ensemble @ The Turner Sims
When
Monday, 28 October, 2013
1:00pm - All Ages
Where
Turner Sims Concert Hall (map)
University of Southampton, UK
Other Info
The first concert in the PRSF supported Workers Union Ensemble 'Constructing a Repertoire' tour 2013. Part of the University of Southampton Music Department Concert Series.

Featuring new works from Joe Cutler, Daniel Saleeb and Composer-in-Association Matthew Kaner.

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Workers Union Ensemble @ LSO St Luke’s

What
Workers Union Ensemble @ LSO St Luke's
When
Saturday, 9 November, 2013
7:30pm - All Ages
Where
LSO St Luke's (map)
London, United Kingdom EC1V 9NG
Other Info
The third and final concert in the PRSF supported Workers Union Ensemble 'Constructing a Repertoire' tour 2013. This performance is in association with LSO Soundhub.

Featuring new works from Joe Cutler, Daniel Saleeb and Composer-in-Association Matthew Kaner and four new short pieces by composers submitting to our Call for Workers.

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Birmingham Conservatoire Concert

What
Workers Union Ensemble @ Birmingham Conservatoire
When
Tuesday, 29 October, 2013
7:30pm - All Ages
Where
Fletchers Walk
Birmingham, United Kingdom B3 3HG
Other Info
The second concert in the PRSF supported Workers Union Ensemble 'Constructing a Repertoire' tour 2013. Part of the Birmingham Conservatoire Concert Series.

Featuring new works from Joe Cutler, Daniel Saleeb and Composer-in-Association Matthew Kaner.

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