©Eglë Vertelkatë Lithuanian Polyphonic Song II
A selection of Apartment House Archive Recordings are now on Soundcloud
Apartment House will perform the European premiere of the epic 110 minute The Winds Rise in the North, by Harley Gaber, Trondheim, Norway, March 13th.
Composed in 1973-74, this work is composed for amplified string quintet, 3 violins, viola and cello. Intensely spectral and
incandescently beautiful, this work was released on vinyl in the 70’s and has been unperformed since then.
Congratulations to Saskia Moore and Ed Perkins for being chosen for the Sound and Music Embedded scheme! We are very excited at the prospect of working with these two fabulous emerging artists through 2011-2013.
Here is a link to a video about Ed Perkins’ beautiful new work The Stream which Apartment House will perform June 29th, 2013
Apartment House received the Royal Philharmonic Society award for outstanding contribution to Chamber Music and Song 2011, May 2012.
Their performances are always revelatory, and the concert of John Cage's music at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in September 2011 was an epiphany, confirming the status of Apartment House as one of the most innovative and exciting chamber ensembles in Europe.
Anton Lukoszevieze, founder and Director of Apartment House
Apartment House was created by the cellist Anton Lukoszevieze in 1995. Under his Direction it has become a venerable exponent of avant-garde and experimental music from around the World.
Apartment House’s performances have included many UK and World premieres of music by a wide variety of composers. Notable portrait events have featured composers Jennifer Walshe, Christian Wolff, Gerhard Stäbler, Luc Ferrari, Dieter Schnebel, Christopher Fox, Laurence Crane, Michael Parsons, James Clarke, Helmut Oehring, Clarence Barlow, David Behrman, Philip Corner, and Richard Ayres. The Apartment House ensemble is of flexible instrumentation, allowing for a vast range of performance possibilities. Apartment House has made many radio broadcasts for BBC Radio 3, Danish Radio, Swedish Radio 2, WDR Cologne, ORTF Austria and Deutschlandfunk, Berlin.
Past events have included a Clarence Barlow Portrait at the Hoxton New Music Days; Cornelius Cardew, John Cage and Christian Wolff Retrospectives at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. In 2002 they presented performances of new British Music at the Wittener Tage für Neue Kammermusik, a Sylvano Bussotti/Luc Ferrari event at the Almeida Opera Festival, Kings Cross. In 2003 they appeared at the Wien Modern Festival, Austria, Dresden Zeitgenössische Musik Tage, MaerzMusik, Berliner Festspiele, MDR Festival, Leipzig, HCM Festival and performances in Belgium. In 2004 they presented concerts in Stuttgart, Huddersfield, Cambridge, London (BBC and BMIC Cutting Edge). In 2005 they appeared at Ultraschall, Berlin, Wien Modern (Cage concerts), Belgium with XXX Live_Nude_Girls!!! and BBC Radio 3/Cut & Splice Festival, London with Kagel's Acustica and music by Peter Ablinger.
Apartment House has also recreated a large scale project of "Die Schachtel", an environment for musicians, performers, space, video installation, lighting and electronics based on the music by Franco Evangelisti and the scenario by Franco Nonnis. In collaboration with "labor für musik:theater", Berlin, Apartment House performed this work at the Sophiensaele in Berlin as part of the Ultraschall Festival, 2006. In May 2006 they gave the premiere of a new string quartet with electronics by Zbigniew Karkowski at the Sonic Arts Network Cut & Splice Festival at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, in association with BBC Radio 3. 2007 events included a BBC Invitation concert featuring new music from Berlin, performances in Oslo, Rome, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, and at the Wien Modern Festival.
In 2008 they performed at the ISCM World Music Days/Gaida Festival in Vilnius and took part in a full performance of Karlheinz Stockhausen's Aus den Sieben Tagen for BBC Radio 3/Cut and Splice Festival at Wiltons Music Hall, London. They also recreated the 1958 Carnegie Hall John Cage retrospective concert directed by Philip Thomas at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, with BBC commissioned works from Philip Corner, Alvin Curran, Claudia Molitor, Hans W. Koch and Zbigniew Karkowski. In 2009, they perform Jennifer Walshe’s XXX Live_Nude_Girls at the Ultima Festival and an Anthony Braxton project at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and November Music, The Netherlands. In the past 3 years Apartment House has been notable for its sell-out John Cage concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, as the opening concert in the International Chamber Music Series and its continual presentation of some of the most radical music of our time.
For Apartment House bookings and further information please contact Julia Haferkorn at Haferkorn Associates
Apartment House Bio
Apartment House Repertoire
In House Musicians
Philip Thomas, Kerry Yong, Mark Knoop piano/keyboards
Loré Lixenberg, Ellen Aagaard, Jennifer Walshe vocalists
Gordon MacKay, Hilary Sturt, Ruth Ehrlich, Angharad Davies, Sara Hubrich, Alison Blunt violin
Bridget Carey, Reiadh Chibah viola
Anton Lukoszevieze, Miriam Lowbury, Oliver Coates cello
Håkon Thelin, Corrado Canonici bass
Alan Thomas, Seth Josel, Geth Griffith guitar
Rhodri Davies harp
Andrew Sparling clarinet
Nancy Ruffer, Gavin Morrison flute
Christopher Redgate oboe
Emma Harding bassoon
Jonathan Impett trumpet
Andrew Digby, Andreas Wagner trombone
Letty Stott french horn
Richard Benjafield, Simon Limbrick, Chris Brannick percussion
Andreas Borregaard accordion
James Saunders, Tim Parkinson, John Lely objects
Mathew Adkins, Hans W. Koch live-electronics/ephemera
Roland Kluttig and Richard Baker
Jennifer Walshe XXX Live_Nude_Girls DVD, Mere Records, 2009 mererecords
“It is a powerful piece, driven by the discrepancy between the shiny, fashionable world of Barbie and the grainy reality of Walshe's music.” Christopher Fox, The Guardian, October, 2003
Peter Garland String Quartets, Cold Blue Music, 2009 coldbluemusic
“‘String Quartets’ exudes a wide-ranging and wide-eyed, even ecstatic character at times, due in no small part to the magnificent rendering of the quartets by the four Apartment House string players. In fact, it would be criminal not to comment on the caliber of the string playing, with violinists Gordon MacKay and Hilary Sturt in particular demanding to be recognized for the passion with which they bring Garland's luscious and lyrical melodies to life.” Textura, June 2009
"Peter Garland has had a rich career . . . and the two string quartets recorded here show the imprint of his varied interests and pursuits. . . . The first quartet, written in 1986 in Santa Fe and subtitled "In praise of poor scholars," takes as its inspiration a poem by a fifth century Chinese poet. Garland has delved deeply into the musics of East Asia, and he unselfconsciously and gracefully incorporates elements of pentatonicism into several movements of the quartet. He began the second in Japan and finished it in Germany in 1994. It, too, has a literary association; its subtitle, "Crazy Cloud," was the pen name of a fifteenth century Japanese poet, and it inhabits much the same varied musical landscape as the first. Apartment House, a group formed in 1995 and dedicated to new music, plays with commitment and understanding, making a strong case for Garland's sometimes enigmatic musical logic. The group also has an exceptionally pure and clean tone and a beautiful blend. The sound is intimate and clean." Stephen Eddins, All-Music Guide, 2009
Zbigniew Karkowski Atsuko Nojiri Continuity, 2007 asphodel
Features a re-mix (Perceptor) of the work Field commissioned for Apartment House string quartet by Sonic Arts Network/BBC Cut & Splice Festival, London 2006
If any recording constitutes the sum total of an artist's career to date, it is Continuity. Both a career overview and a glimpse into renowned Polish sound artist Zbigniew Karkowski's promising future, the compositions on this hybrid release sample and re-interpret the entirety of the Tokyo resident's rich catalogue of work. A master sound manipulator, Karkowski employs a variety of tools to process and rework original acoustic instrument recordings. The pieces presented on Continuity demonstrate Karkowski’s relentless attention to detail, and provide more than ample explanation for repeated invitations to perform at prestigious galleries, museums, and venues around the globe.
Cornelius Cardew Chamber Music 1955-64, Matchless Recordings, 2001 matchlessrecordings
WDR - Wittener Tage für Neue Kammermusik 2002
live documentation CD
Christopher Fox An der Schattengrenze
Cornelius Cardew Autumn '60
Alwynne Pritchard Geometry of Pain I
Released by WDR in 2002
Critical Notice New Work by British Composers, Unknown Public criticalnotice
Contains works by Laurence Crane and Richard Ayres performed by Apartment House
Critical Notice is a CD-book containing eleven recordings of new, previously unreleased work and six essays about contemporary music. The music, by composers on the Contemporary Voices scheme run by The British Music Information Centre (now incorporated into the Sound and Music organisation), is a selection taken from the eight hours of recordings made as part of the BMIC's adventurous, groundbreaking project to archive a wide variety of new British work.