BlasioKavuma x Gina Southgate Fri 24 Nov 8PM – £7 adv/£10 door – Buy Tickets
Doors 8pm; Music 8:30pm
A night of inventive new music from composer BlasioKavuma and a live visual response and artist Gina Southgate, with Richard Jones on viola, Lucy Downer on clarinet/bass clarinet and BlasioKavuma on flute/piccolo. Supported by the RVW Trust.
“The aim of the project is to explore the creative potential of music that is composed specifically for a visual artist to respond to. The piece will consist of three tableaux, lasting approximately 15min each. Gina Southgate will work on three separate canvases, one for each tableau.
The collaborative aspect will be embedded in the compositional process itself; each tableau will explore rhythms and textures that facilitate the physicality of artistic production, interacting with the movements and sounds that the artist produces in performance. It will endeavour to evoke associations and colours pertinent to the artist’s musical heritage, allowing the artist to create instinctively and uninhibited. The project will be an opportunity to assess the ways in which certain textures, rhythms and rhetorical devices can impact the artist’s response when they are crafted in a way that maximises the expressive potential of the response itself.” – BlasioKavuma
Richard is a Bristol-born violist now living in London. He is a founding member of Ligeti Quartet with whom
he has performed around the world at venues including Carnegie Hall, Curtis Institute and Wigmore Hall as well as less celebrated but equally impressive locations such as a fishing boat in the Thames Estuary and on top of iceberg sculptures as part of a successful
Greenpeace campaign. As one of the UK’s foremost champions of new music, they have given over 100 world premieres since their formation in 2010 and work regularly with student composers and performers, particularly at Cambridge and Sheffield universities where
they hold residencies.
Richard also works regularly as a multi-instrumentalist and arranger outside classical music. He recorded and
toured for 2 years with the 2016 Welsh Music Prizewinner Meilyr Jones, appearing at most major UK festivals and at South by Southwest in Austin, TX. Other artists he has worked with include Anna Meredith, Bonobo, Dexy’s, Ghostpoet, Neil Hannon, Laura Jurd,
Róisin Murphy, Seamus Fogarty, Shabaka Hutchings, Susheela Raman and Wadada Leo Smith.
Lucy studied at the Royal Academy of Music, where she won several awards including the Buffet Crampon Clarinet Prize. She now works as a freelance clarinettist in London, also doubling on saxophone and flute. Her work is varied, ranging from a trial with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, to playing in a stage band in a West End show, to performing chamber music at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club and the 100 Club, to playing for workshops on rap music with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, to giving a masterclass on solo wind music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She has a particular interest in the bass clarinet, and enjoys collaborating with composers on new works with the aim of expanding the solo repertoire. As a student, in 2005 Lucy was the only UK performer in the Henri Selmer World Bass Clarinet Competition in Holland, where she reached the quarter-finals. She has played with orchestras including the RTE Concert Orchestra and Glyndebourne Festival Opera, and been part of training schemes run by the London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra and London Sinfonietta. Lucy works regularly as a soloist, having performed concertos with orchestras including the All Souls Orchestra, New English Orchestra, Oxford Proms Orchestra, Oxford Sinfonia, Banbury Symphony Orchestra and RAM Symphony Orchestra.