With live score
It's 1905 and the crew of the Potemkin are electrified by news of a revolution; the lower decks strive to replicate it in a mutiny against their brutal officers.
As word of their revolt spreads, the people of nearby Odessa gather to show their support for the crew. The ensuing chaos has become one of cinema’s most iconic sequences, as peaceful protesters are gunned down on the steps leading into the city. Technically virtuosic, visually epic and intense, Battleship Potemkin is given a propulsive new score to match by Norwegian composer and electronic musician Jan Bang and Matt Calvert from Three Trapped Tigers.
Potemkin is a vital viewing experience that transcends its landmark / milestone status.
Cuban jazz pianist and composer Omar Sosa and Senegalese kora player and singer Seckou Keita perform music from their first collaborative album together, Transparent Water.
Full of serenity and a sense of gentle elation, the album brings together influences from across five continents. Having grown from a chance musical encounter, it’s an album born largely out of improvisation – unlocking a deep exploration of tone.
Sosa and Keita are both acclaimed musical adventurers with a rich global heritage that spans jazz, latin and African influences. Seckou Keita first performed at the Howard Assembly Room in 2015 with harpist Catrin Finch, and returned to the venue for a magical Light Night last year.
He recently won the Songlines Best Album Award 2016 for his last solo album 22 Strings.
Transparent Water is where world music meets world jazz, where tradition meets improvisation and where the lines of spiritual and earthy meet. The result is stunningly evocative.
— World Music Central
15 Nov 2017
Dewsbury Town Hall
David Greed, Violin
Jessica Burroughs, Cello
Annette Saunders, Piano
Opera North's Assistant Head of Music, Annette Saunders joins Orchestra Leader, David Greed and Principal Cello, Jessica Burroughs to perform Ravel's Piano Trio in A minor and other works.
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Created at the legendary Flamenco Biennale in Seville, Mediterranean Gypsies brings together two stunning groups.
Flamenco legend David Peña Dorantes is joined by his trio Dorantes, who weave around his rich and hugely influential language of flamenco piano. He’s joined by Taksim Trio, the great Turkish group who play Ottoman instruments such as the duduk, the bağlama and above all the kanun. The two groups don’t play separate sets – Mediterranean Gypsies flows between the two groups. Sometimes they play separately, and at points they come together, making rich music together that explores the Roma links between their cultures.
Unfortunately, this event has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. Ticket holders will be contacted.
Infused with the ethereal workings of electronics and sound manipulation, Valgeir Sigurðsson’s Dissonance is an experimental exploration of orchestral sounds.
Full of ecstatic joy and deep sorrow, it is haunted by the Western classical tradition, distorting and subverting the sounds of conventional instruments to mesmerising effect.
His first solo release since 2012, Dissonance is performed live with Liam Byrne on strings and visuals created by the Antivj collective.
A masterful piece of work.
— Mary Anne Hobbs on Dissonance
Master guitarist Bill Frisell brings his very own all-star string quartet to the north of England for the first time.
Music for Strings features violinist Jenny Scheinman, violist Eyvind Kang and cellist Hank Roberts.
They take music from Electricity, Frisell's new collaboration with filmmaker Bill Morrison; pieces from their Woody Guthrie project and Frisell’s albums Big Sur, Richter 858, Unspeakable and History, Mystery.
The evening also includes music inspired by Allen Ginsberg's Kaddish and Hunter S. Thompson's Kentucky Derby.
Early booking strongly recommended.
John Wilkie – Director
James Bingham – Conductor
Jenny Martins – Accompanist
Children – Connor Charlton, Faith Palmer, Eva Prenowitz, Kitty O'Donoughue
Spiders – Jasmine Colgan, Sylvia Cullen, Georgia Lee-Donaldson, Sarah Pemberton
Other animals – members of ONCC Leeds and ONCC Newcastle
Two children, playing in a garden, delight in tormenting ladybirds, snails, spiders and other living creatures who, they claim ‘have no right to be’.
The spiders teach the children a salutary lesson, during the course of which they learn a great deal about the ways of these creatures, finally recognising the wonder of the insect world and acknowledging that all ‘have their place on the earth’.
With support from The Revival Room.
Grammy-nominated pianist and composer Uri Caine uses classical music as a ‘springboard for improvisation’.
His collaborations extend from the Beaux Arts Trio to John Zorn and from the Woody Herman Band to the Moscow Chamber Orchestra.
In this rare UK solo concert, he returns to some of the seminal recordings he made of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, as well as reimaginings of pieces by Mozart and Mahler, mixed up with jazz standards and his own original compositions.
In the course of a single piece….Caine's playing is alternately delicate and reflective, then vivid; vibrant; careening though never chaotic.
— BBC Music Magazine
Dir. Godfrey Reggio; USA 1983; 85 minutes, Cert U.
GoGo Penguin perform their exhilarating new score to Godfrey Reggio’s documentary masterpiece Koyaanisqatsi.
Borrowing its title from the Hopi word meaning ‘life out of balance’, Koyaanisqatsi surveys the beauty of the natural world through slow motion and time lapse footage, documenting nature’s uneasy relationship with modern technology. With no text, narration, or dialogue, the film is driven by the interplay between image and sound.
GoGo Penguin are known for their trademark mash-up of minimalist piano themes, propulsive bass lines and electronica inspired drums. Acoustic jazz rubs up against visceral electronics and epic melody in this powerful score.
Rhapsodic themes and driving grooves
— The Guardian
One of the most quietly revolutionary works in the history of cinema, Roberto Rossellini’s third feature stars Ingrid Bergman and George Sanders as an estranged English couple holidaying in Naples.
Part of The Little Greats
Within days of their arrival, the couple's relationship becomes strained and they discuss a divorce, but Rossellini’s masterpiece is more than just an anatomy of a relationship, presenting mortality, spirituality and emotion in this benchmark for modernist cinema.
Mysterious, gripping and moving… there is real greatness in this movie
— The Guardian
Messiaen’s Harawi evokes a beautiful world of Andean mythology, cosmic mystery and birdsong through lush, pliant lyricism.
While reminiscent of Debussy, Stravinsky and Wagner, Harawi is unmistakeably by Messiaen: a twelve song cycle on love and death characteristic of his 1940s style.
Soprano Gweneth-Ann Rand is possibly the most experienced Messiaen singer of her generation and has performed this cycle with Simon Lepper all over the UK, including at the BBC Proms.
Her performance has a “brooding, animal-like intensity...her notes seemed to grow effortlessly from deep within, quite a feat as the breath control and vocal dexterity needed in this piece is truly formidable.” (Seen and Heard International).
For this special concert, projected imagery and surtitles draw you into a journey deep inside Messiaen’s myriad influences and musical world.
In this haunting, dramatic piece for chamber ensemble and voices, Gavin Bryars weaves his beautiful music through and around eight of Shakespeare's most meditative sonnets.
Led by Bryars himself, the ensemble includes tenor John Potter (ex Hilliard Ensemble), with narration by multi-talented Dublin singer, Gavin Friday (Virgin Prunes). Influenced by early music but unmistakably modern, this is a fresh way to experience Shakespeare’s words.
Commissioned by Opera North and the Royal Shakespeare Company, Nothing Like The Sun has been performed at festivals around the world, and comes home to the Howard Assembly Room for the first time.
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