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									AUTUMN 2007
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         ALL EVENTS ARE FREE       AUTUMN 2007

                                         AT QUEEN’S
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Wednesday 26 September, 5.30pm, SARC                              Thursday 27 September 2007, 1.10pm, HARTY ROOM

Quasi Rublev                                                      Simon Mawhinney, piano

Goska Isphording, harpsichord                                     Simon Mawhinney performs Ravel’s ground-breaking
                                                                  scintillating masterpiece and his own Reflux, a five movement
Mathis Nitschke, visuals                                          composition which was written over a period of thirteen years.
Kasia Glowicka, music                                             The music is extreme, ranging from rapid virtuosity to passages
                                                                  which test the limits of perception. The finale, which was
Dutch harpsichordist Goska Isphording, German visual artist       commissioned by the genius garden-builder, Aidan McGourty,
Mathis Nitschke and SARC composer Kasia Glowicka present          develops a frenzy of intense physicality.
the world premiere of Quasi Rublev, a multimedia work in
three acts inspired by Andrei Tarkovsky’s film Andrei Rublev.      Ravel Jeux d’Eau

This project was supported by Arts Council of Northern Ireland,   Simon Mawhinney Reflux
the Sonic Arts Research Centre and STEIM in Amsterdam.

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          Thursday 4 October 2007, 1.10pm, SARC

          Atau Tanaka Concrete Corps

          Atau Tanaka bridges the fields of media art, experimental           sounds - wolves, water, machinery, and telecommunications
          music, and scientific research. He holds degrees in physical        devices. Data is digitized and mapped to processes sculpting
          sciences from Harvard University and computer music                the original sound recordings. The interplay is the search for
          composition from Stanford University’s CCRMA. In Paris he          the corporeal gesture idiomatic to a sound, zooming in and
          worked at IRCAM, was Artistic Ambassador for Apple France,         squeezing out the essence of the sounds via digital processes
          and has been researcher at Sony Computer Science Laboratory        mediated by the body.
          Paris. He conducted early work in the field of interactive music,
          sensor-based musical instruments, and biosignal interfaces.
          His current research focus seeks to harness collective musical
          creativity on mobile devices, seeking out the continued place of
          the artist in democratized digital forms.

          Concrete Corps is a suite of etudes for biosensors, performer
          and natural sounds. The sensor interface captures forearm
          electromyograms and renders the performer’s body as a

          musical instrument, allowing him to articulate sound through
          concentrated gesture. The sources are recordings of natural
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Thursday 11 October 2007, 1.10pm, HARTY ROOM                          lyrical and yearning. Rebecca
                                                                      Clarke was a viola player
Artists-in-Residence Concert
                                                                      herself and composed with
Sir Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924) Three Intermezzi            great      understanding    of
for clarinet and piano                                                her     instrument’s   unique
                                                                      capabilities. This programme
Rebecca Clarke (1886-1979) Morpheus for viola and piano               gives a fascinating insight
                                                                      into how this great Dublin
Rebecca Clarke Prelude, Allegro and Pastorale for clarinet
                                                                      composer       influenced     a
and viola
                                                                      whole generation of British
John Ireland (1879-1962) Fantasy-Sonata for clarinet and              composers. The School of
piano                                                                 Music and Sonic Arts’ Artists-
                                                                      in-Residence, the Plane-
Sir Charles Villiers Stanford was one of the great figures of          Dukes-Rahman Trio, are
Irish classical music. A fine composer himself, he also became         delighted to return to the
the most sought-after composition teacher of his day. The likes       School for this, the first of a
of Vaughan Williams, Holst and Howells learned their craft with       series of concerts, workshops
him. So too did Rebecca Clarke and John Ireland, whose music

                                                                      and classes over the coming
you will hear in this concert, alongside that of their mentor. John   academic year.
Ireland’s Fantasy-Sonata is one of his finest works, rhapsodic,
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          Thursday 11 October 2007, 8pm, SARC


          Pedro Rebelo, Franziska Schroeder, Steve Davis

          FAINT is a project that explores two extremes of musical practice:
          free improvisation and composition for fixed medium. The trio
          formation with pianist/composer Pedro Rebelo, percussionist/
          composer Steve Davis and saxophonist Franziska Schroeder was
          born out of an impromptu encounter of the three musicians
          at the Sonic Arts Research Centre in 2006 and explores the
          thresholds between jazz, free improvisation and contemporary
          music. FAINT has recently released a double CD on the Creative
          Source Recordings Label.

          Tickets £10/£7 conc/£5 child from
          Belfast Welcome Centre 028 9024 6609
          or online from

          Doors Open: 8pm
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Thursday 18 October 2007, 1.10pm, SARC

Olaf Rupp, guitar

A concert of stunning improvised music from Olaf Rupp.
Improvising on the guitar from the age of twelve, in the 1990s
he worked mainly with electronics but has recently come back
to the guitar, developing some playing techniques (Chinese Pipa
music, rasgueados, arpeggios and tremolos) in such a way that
they can be used for new cluster and granular effects, creating
density and microsounds.

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          Saturday 20 October 2007, 7:30pm, HARTY ROOM                     Born in Belfast in 1974, Darragh Morgan currently lives in
                                                                           south-east London. Following two sell-out performances at
          Darragh Morgan, violin and Mary Dullea, piano
                                                                           his Wien Modern debut in 1998 he quickly established himself
          Janáček Sonata                                                   as a soloist of new music; international festival appearances
                                                                           include Warsaw Autumn, Ars Musica Brussels, Lucerne Festival,
          Schoenberg Phantasy                                              Darmstadt, Dubrovnik Summer Festival, Festival D’Automne
                                                                           Paris, Spitalfields, Cheltenham, Aldeburgh and BBC Proms
          Messiaen Fantaisie (UK premiere)
                                                                           Chamber Music.
          Michael Finnissy Mississippi Hornpipes
                                                                           Darragh has performed as a soloist in Prague, Malta, Nicosia,
          Chris Newman Romance in C for Optional Lovers                    Hong Kong, South Korea, Italy, Switzerland, Holland and
                                                                           the USA. He has worked with many of the world’s leading
          Philip Cashian Musica Meccanica                                  contemporary music groups, including Ensemble Modern,
                                                                           the London Sinfonietta, Musik Fabrik, BCMG and the Remix
          Tickets £8/£5
                                                                           Ensemble and is a member of The Smith Quartet. He has
          This concert combines music for violin and piano from the        appeared as concertmaster with orchestras including KZN
          20th century with new pieces composed especially for Darragh     Philharmonic of South Africa, the Cyprus Chamber Orchestra
          and Mary. Playful and provocative, all the music featured has    and English Touring Opera; he was featured as the orchestra

          broken new ground in its time. The concert includes Messiaen’s   leader in BBC Two’s acclaimed TV series, ‘The Genius of
          Fantaisie, a recently discovered work which was written in       Beethoven’.
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Darragh is a regular soloist with The Ulster Orchestra, most      Much in demand as a soloist and chamber musician she
recently featuring in the world premiere of Sir John Tavener’s    has performed throughout Ireland, England, Europe, USA,
Hymn of Dawn. He is a faculty member of Apple Hill Chamber        Hong Kong and South Africa, at festivals including Brighton,
Music, New Hampshire; he often coaches at The Britten-Pears       Huddersfield, Aldeburgh and National Arts Festival (South
Young Artists programme, and is on the staff of Goldsmiths        Africa). A sought-after interpreter of new music, Mary has
College, University of London. Darragh’s many recordings have     premiered works from composers including Toshio Hosokawa,
appeared on Deutsche Grammophon, Nimbus, Metier and               Edison Denisov, Salvatore Sciarrino, Michael Nyman and Deirdre
Black Box as well as NMC.                                         Gribbin - notably with the Fidelio Trio, of which she is a member
                                                                  with Darragh Morgan and cellist Robin Michael.
Mary Dullea is from Cork, Ireland and studied at the Royal
College of Music London on the Edith Best Scholarship; her        Mary broadcasts regularly for BBC Radio 3. Her duo CD with
achievements there included winning the Beethoven Sonata          Darragh, Opera, was released in 2006 by NMC and they are
Prize and a rare performance of Szymanowski’s Symphonie           currently Musicians in Residence at the University of Ulster. In
Concertante. Her Masters degree in Contemporary Music             2004 she was Lecturer in Piano at the University of KwaZulu-
Studies is from Goldsmiths College, University of London and      Natal in Durban, South Africa and is currently on the teaching
she has recently commenced work on a PhD in performance           staff of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and Bath
(concentrating on the incorporation of the use of the inside of   Spa University.
the piano in piano writing) at the University of Ulster.

                                                                  Presented in Association with the Belfast Festival at Queen’s
                                                                  and the BMIC’s Cutting Edge Series.
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          Sunday 21 October 2007, 7.30pm, SARC


          ASIMA is a sublime male vocal ensemble which uses ancient
          Sanskrit texts as the basis for the music. The music moves from
          recitation to almost modern pop, and incorporates singing in
          harmony as well as the traditional melodic line.

          The Sanskrit word asima means ‘without boundary’ in Sanskrit
          and defines the life of Devissaro, the composer of this wonderful
          music, whose work has evolved from his passionate interest in
          Indian culture. His recent work for Shakespeare’s A Midsummer
          Night’s Dream in Stratford and The Roundhouse in London was
          hugely acclaimed. His wife is the contemporary Indian dancer
          Daksha Sheth for whom Devissaro also composes.

          Tickets £10

          Presented in Association with the Belfast Festival at Queen’s
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Thursday 25 October 2007, 1.10pm, SARC

Andrew Lewis

In a concert exploring the extraordinary possibilities of
multi-channel surround sound, Andrew Lewis presents a
programme of dazzling sonic pyrotechnics by composers all
linked with the University of Bangor in North Wales. Bangor
graduate Peter Batchelor’s visceral Kaleidescope:Fissure
opens the programme, with its scintillating, tactile evocation of
shifting forms and shapes. Also featured is a new acousmatic
work by emerging Bangor-based composer Ed Wright. The
  main work on the programme will be the world premiere of
      Andrew Lewis’s dramatic Danses acousmatiques. A year
         in the making, this ambitious work uses aural illusions
             of space and movement to create a kind of invisible
                choreography, on scales from the microscopic to
                 the truly cosmic.

                 Peter Batchelor Kaleidescope: Fissure
                 Ed Wright New work
                 Andrew Lewis Danses acousmatiques
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           Thursday 1 November, 1.10pm, SARC

           International Bach Symposium

           As part of the International Bach Symposium, Pauline Graham
           (Soprano), Fred Fehleisen (Baroque Violin) and Michael
           Quinn (Harpsichord) perform selected arias from St Matthew
           Passion, the Partita in D minor for Solo Violin, and Partita in C
           minor for Harpsichord.
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           Friday 2 November 2007, 8pm, SARC   The Necks are one of the great cult bands of Australia. With next
                                               to no publicity, their albums have sold in the thousands. These
           The Necks
                                               three musicians are among the most respected and in demand
           Chris Abrahams piano                in Australia, working in every field from pop to avant-garde.
                                               Over 200 albums feature their presence individually or together,
           Tony Buck drums                     but the music of The Necks stands apart from everything else
                                               they have done. Featuring lengthy pieces which slowly unravel
           Lloyd Swanton bass
                                               in the most intoxicating fashion, frequently underpinned by an
                                               insistent deep groove, the thirteen albums by The Necks stand
                                               up to re-listening time and time again. The deceptive simplicity
           Tickets £12.50                      of their music throws forth new charms on each hearing. Not
                                               entirely avant-garde, nor minimalist, nor ambient, nor jazz, the
                                               music of The Necks is possibly unique in the world today.
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“A better title for
this CD would be
Alchemist, because The
Necks have yet again
succeeded in turning
base metals into gold”

Presented in Association with the Belfast Festival at Queen’s

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           Sunday 4 November 2007, 8pm, Clonard Monastery

           Bach B-minor Mass

           In collaboration with the Belfast Festival, the International Bach   For this performance the consort will perform with forces
           Symposium will culminate in a performance of the B-minor Mass        similar in size and format to those of Bach’s own practice, with
           by the Edinburgh-based Dunedin Consort, conducted by John            two singers to a part, natural trumpets, baroque woodwinds
           Butt, himself an established scholar of Bach’s music. Dunedin        and strings. They will be using the recent edition of Christoph
           is one of the most vibrant baroque consorts to have joined           Wolff, which presents the work in a version conflating some of
           the European scene in recent years and its recent recording of       the best readings from the various sources around Bach’s time.
           Handel’s Messiah in its Dublin version has received universal
                                                                                Tickets £25
                                                                                Presented in Association with the Belfast Festival at Queen’s
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Thursday 8 November, 1.10pm, Harty Room                   Thursday 15 November, 1.10pm, SARC

Mairéad Sheerin soprano                                   Paul Stapleton

A programme of songs from Moore’s melodies, accompanied   Dialogic Music
by fortepiano.
                                                          A series of improvisations and processed-based sonic works
                                                          curated and performed by Paul Stapleton with guest artists Jon
                                                          Aveyard, Mona McCarthy, Caroline Pugh, Dan Reynolds, Henry
                                                          Tremain, Emily Williams and Nick Williams. Members of this
                                                          ensemble have idiosyncratic interests including: binaural sound
                                                          walks, medieval Welsh harp, emo punk, media art, contact
                                                          improvisation, online audio installations and ring tone design.
                                                          The group is linked by their past and present affiliations with
                                                          the University of Central Lancashire’s performing arts courses
                                                          and their shared interest in collaborative sonic improvisation.
                                                          The performance will feature the use of custom made metallic
                                                          instruments and music software.

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           Thursday 22 November, 1.10pm, Harty Room

           Basil Deane Commemoration Concert

           Robert Irvine cello

           Graeme McNaught piano

           A concert in memory of Basil Deane (1928-2006), who was
           the first music graduate of Queen’s to establish a distinguished
           career in academic life.

           Fauré Sicilliene

           Beethoven Sonata for violoncello and piano in D major,
           Op. 102, no. 2

           Fauré Elegy

           Debussy Sonata
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           Thursday 29 November, 1.10pm, SARC

           Michel Waisvisz

           Michel Waisvisz is a composer/performer of live electronic         performed by real living robots (“The Slungels” Holland Festival
           music, who has developed new ways to achieve physical touch        1981), Waisvisz is widely praised as an authentic creator and
           with electronic music instruments. Sometimes this is done          performer in the electronic performance arts. His approach is
           by literally touching the electricity inside the instruments and   typically based on the re-animation of carefully deconstructed
           thereby becoming a thinking component of the machine.              technology. Waisvisz has lead the STEIM foundation in
           He was amongst the first to play with synthesizers on stage         Amsterdam since the early eighties. Since than STEIM has
           and developed very early means of performing using gestural        become a major international research and development centre
           controllers. By making electronic sound tangible through the       for new instruments, live electronic music and the visual arts.
           invention of instruments such as The Hands, The Crackle Box
           and The WEB, and staging the first theatre play ever entirely
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Thursday 6 December, 1.10pm, Harty Room

Queen’s Music Society

The members of Queen’s Music Society Belfast present an
eclectic concert with a dash of Christmas spice.

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           Thursday 13 December, 1.10pm, SARC   Garth Knox is one of the leading violists of his generation.
                                                In 1983 he was invited by Pierre Boulez to become a member
           Garth Knox viola d’amore
                                                of the Ensemble InterContemporain in Paris, where he had the
           Attilio Ariosti Sonata in D          chance to do much solo playing (including concertos directed by
                                                Pierre Boulez) and chamber music, touring widely and playing
           Simon Mawhinney Nendrum Haykal       in international festivals. In 1990 Garth Knox joined the Arditti
                                                String Quartet, playing in all the major concert halls of the world,
           Tobias Hume (1569 - 1645) Pavan
                                                working closely with and giving first performances of pieces
           Olga Neuwirth Risonanze              by most of today’s leading composers including Ligeti, Kurtag,
                                                Berio, Xenakis, Lachenmann, Cage, Feldman and Stockhausen
           Marin Marais Folies                  (the famous “Helicopter Quartet”) In 1998, Garth Knox left
                                                the quartet to concentrate on his solo career. As a soloist, he
                                                has given premieres by Henze (the Viola Sonata is dedicated
                                                to him), Ligeti, Schnittke, Ferneyhough, James Dillon, George
                                                Benjamin and many others. He also collaborates regularly in
                                                theatre and dance projects, and has written and performed a
                                                one-man show for children. He has recently become a pioneer

                                                of the viola d’amore, exploring its possibilities in new music,
                                                with and without electronics, and is in the process of creating
                                                a new repertoire for this instrument. Garth Knox now lives in
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Paris, where he enjoys a full time solo career, giving recitals,
concertos and chamber music concerts all over Europe, the USA
and Japan. His solo CD (MO 782082) won the coveted Deutsche
Schallplaten Preis in Germany, and his latest CD “Spectral Viola”
(edition zeitklang) has been highly acclaimed. He is currently
professor of viola at Musikene in San Sebastian, Spain.

The viola d’amore is a relatively exotic string instrument which
appeared in Europe, somewhat mysteriously, in the 17th century.
Halfway between the violin family and the family of viols, it has
always been more talked about than known, and on several
occasions has been near to extinction. Its most striking feature
is its great number of strings – seven playing strings and seven
sympathetic strings which are hidden under the fingerboard
and which resonate in sympathy with the upper strings, giving
an ethereal halo and faint echo to the sound. This magical and
seductive sound quality is probably what prompted the name

of viola of love.
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           Concerts Diary: Autumn 2007

            Date                         Time     Artist                         Venue

            Wednesday 26 September       5.30pm   Quasi Rublev                   SARC

            Thursday 27 September        1.10pm   Simon Mawhinney                Harty Room

            Thursday 4 October           1.10pm   Atau Tanaka                    SARC

            Thursday 11 October          1.10pm   Artists-in-Residence           Harty Room

            Thursday 11 October          8pm      FAINT                          SARC

            Thursday 18 October          1.10pm   Olaf Rupp                      SARC

            Saturday 20 October          7.30pm   Darragh Morgan & Mary Dullea   Harty Room

            Sunday 21 October            7.30pm   ASIMA                          SARC

            Thursday 25 October          1.10pm   Andrew Lewis                   SARC
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Date                   Time     Artist                      Venue

Thursday 1 November    1.10pm   Bach Symposium              SARC

Friday 2 November      8pm      The Necks                   SARC

Sunday 4 November      8pm      B-minor Mass                Clonard Monastry

Thursdsay 8 November   1.10pm   Mairéad Sheerin             Harty Room

Thursday 15 November   1.10pm   Paul Stapleton              SARC

Thursday 22 November   1.10pm   Basil Deane Commemoration   Harty Room

Thursday 29 November   1.10pm   Michel Waisvisz             SARC

Thursday 6 December    1.10pm   Queen’s Music Society       Harty Room

Thursday 13 December   1.10pm   Garth Knox                  SARC
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              Queen’s University Music Society                                   Ticket Information
              The Music Society organises the student lunchtime concerts.        Ticket prices are given below the details of each concert. All
              Information regarding membership of the society, concert           tickets are unreserved. You may collect tickets in person from the
              engagements and rehearsals, may be obtained by writing to to:      General Office of the School of Music, Monday-Friday, 9 am – 1
                                                                                 pm and 2 pm – 5 pm. Alternatively, you may reserve tickets by
              Marcella Walsh                                                     telephoning the School: (028) 90 975337.
                                                                                 General Enquiries
              Keep an eye on the Music Society’s website:
                                                                                 Secretary, School of Music and Sonic Arts
              music for information on their plans for their ensembles and
                                                                                 Tel: (028) 90 975337
              their social activities. You can contact the Society by e-mail:
     or through the School Office (028)
              90 975337.                                                         Websites
                                                                                 Queen’s School of Music
              The School has four professionally-directed ensembles: Chamber
              Choir, Chamber Orchestra, Big Band, and QUBEnsemble. These         Sonic Arts Research Centre

              groups are open to all, subject to audition and prevailing need.
              Details of membership can be obtained through the School Office
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