2015 is the 20th year of Apartment House’s existence, there will be events running through 2015-16.
9th July, Cafe Oto, London will be the 20th Year Apartment House Concert, details and programme available soon.
NEW CD George Mačiūnas Musical Scoring Systems
A rare first recording of 8 seminal works from 1961-62 by Lithuanian artist and Fluxus founder George Mačiūnas. Beautifully designed, packaged,
and released by the Lithuanian Music Information Centre, available HERE.
Some thoughts on it by Ben Harper and Brian Olewnick on their Blogs.
One track, Homage to Philip Corner is HERE on the Apartment House Soundcloud.
Next Apartment House events are April 29th at Cafe Oto, with a new work by Antoine Chessex, ‘Accumulation’ for amplified string quartet and live-electronics from Jerome Noetinger.
Then in May we return to the wonderful Angelica Festival in Bologna for a portrait concert of Laurence Crane, May 9th.
Apartment House have just completed their Russia Tour, 1st-9th Oktober visiting Moscow, Nizni Novgorod and St. Petersburg, supported by the British Council. They performed music by Arman Gushchyan, Tim Parkinson, Tom Philips, Amber Priestley, John Lely and Laurence Crane
TV link here
Next Apartment House performance is in Barcelona, 25th Oktober with music by Anthony Braxton, Ben Patterson and Tom Phillips.
Apartment House are very excited to be working with 2 new Sound and Music Embedded Artists Jobina Tinnemans and Vitalija Glovackytė.
NEW CD! LAURENCE CRANE CHAMBER WORKS 1992-2009 available from Another Timbre, interviews and info. on their website, plus additional downloads
Laurence Crane foto copyright Anton Lukoszevieze 2013
Christian Wolff is 80 this year and we are very happy to be giving a concert with him on Monday, 12th May at Senate House in London (and its FREE)
The early months of 2014 bring several concerts from Apartment House in London. 2 concerts at Cafe Oto, firstly a fab new composition from Swiss composer Antoine Chessex with Jerome Noetinger, and then the UK Premiere of Harley Gaber's epic 1974 work The Winds Rise in the North. March 30th sees us at the Frontiers Festival, Birmingham with our Lou Reed/John Cale programme including music by Leo Chadburn, Phill Niblock, Alvin Lucier and Arthur Russell. April 5th is our second UK performance of Saskia Moore's Dead Symphony at the Sonic Fusion Festival in Salford.
Harley Gaber manuscript page from The Winds Rise in the North, first draft.
Excellent Review of Apartment House's Wigmore Hall debut on Bachtrack
Apartment House recently performed the UK premiere of Henning Christiansen’s epic, beautiful work of experimental music Eurasianstab Fluxorum Organum at the 2013 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival
Beth Cassani and Apartment House perform Henning Christiansen (foto Alex Beldea)
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.
For Apartment House bookings and further information please contact Julia Haferkorn or Anton Lukoszevieze
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 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
Laurence Crane Chamber Works 1992-2009 Another Timbre
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
James Weeks TIDE Metier MSV 28532
“Tide is a beguiling and impressively conceived and performed collection that testifies to the continuing vitality of the experimental project.” – Stephen Graham (Tempo)
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
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.