RARESCALE: New works for Low woodwinds & Electronics

0 Posted by - April 18, 2019 - Event: Past, Music: past

IKLECTIK is part of Waterloo Festival 2019 presenting: rarescale – new works for low woodwinds & electronics with:

Carla Rees – alto, bass & contrabass flutes

Sarah Watts – Bass & contrabass clarinets

Sohrab Uduman – electronics


Monday 10th June doors 7.30pm – music 8pm | £12/ £8    More information and tickets HERE 


Daniel Kessner            Genera Magna

Shoran Uduman         Out of the darkness that envelops for contrabass clarinet and electronics

Claes Biehl                   Evocazione del mare for bass flute and electronics

Miroslav Spasov         Idiosyncracies for contrabass clarinet and live electronics

Sohrab Uduman         New Work for bass/contrabass flute, bass/contrabass clarinet and live electronics


rarescale is a flexible-instrumentation contemporary chamber music ensemble, formed by alto and bass flute specialist Carla Rees in 2003.  With a core of 9 players who perform in a combination of small chamber formations, the ensemble has a particular commitment to the work of emerging composers and the creation of chamber music repertoire for alto and bass flutes.

The group performs frequently in the UK and abroad and collaborates with a number of composers internationally.UK performance highlights have included the group’s own annual Premiere Series in London, recitals in Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester and Sheffield and appearances at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Dartington International Summer School and at the UK Microfest Festival of Microtonal Music. USA performances include for the National Flute Association of America, Sonic Circuits Festival in Washington DC, Spark Festival in Minneapolis, and recitals in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. rarescalehas also performed in recitals and flute festivals in France, Germany, Costa Rica, Canada and Slovenia.

rarescalecelebrated its 10thAnniversary in 2013 with the premieres of 17 new works in ten days, at a competition for composers at the Royal College of Music, and a Concerto Gala Concert at Shoreditch Church. The ensemble has recorded for BBC Radio 3, as well as 5 discs for its own label, rarescale records.

 rarescaleis a registered charity, which also incorporates the training ensemble, rarescale Flute Academy, and an annual summer school for flute players and composers.rarescalehas also become recently affiliated with Tetractys Publishing, which publishes many of rarescale’s key repertoire works.




Carla Rees is a British low flutes player, composer and arranger, working to raise the profile of her instruments through research, performance and commissioning new repertoire. Her career as a performer incorporates chamber music, solo work, numerous collaborations with composers and recordings, including a discography of 14 CDs, and a current project to create contemporary repertoire for baroque flute. She has premiered several hundred works for low flutes, many of which are now published by her company Tetractys Publishing.  She has over 70 published arrangements and compositions, including her 2016 work for solo piccolo, Nightsong, which has been performed in the UK, France, Germany, USA and Canada. She is Artistic Director of the contemporary chamber music ensemble rarescale,with whom she has performed in the UK and internationally and appeared on BBC Radio 3. She has a PhD from the Royal College of Music in London, is an Honorary Research Associate and Flute teacher at Royal Holloway University of London and works as BA (Hons) Music Programme Leader for the Open College of Arts. She has taught masterclasses and workshops for flute players and composers at some of the world’s leading institutions, including the Royal Academy of Music in London, the Juilliard School in New York and USC in Los Angeles. Carla plays Kingma System flutes, made for her by Eva Kingma, Bickford Brannen and Lev Levit. She is Editor of the British Flute Society’s magazine, PAN, and is currently the International Liaison Committee Chair for the National Flute Association of America. www.carlarees.co.uk


Sarah Watts studied clarinet at the Royal Academy of Music and solo bass clarinet at the Rotterdam Conservatorium, funded by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust and a Leverhulme Trust Studentship. At the end of her course in Rotterdam Sarah was awarded the Exxon prize for the best classical music student.

She has won first prizes in the UK Howarth Clarinet Competition 2000, Hawkes Clarinet Prize (RAM) 2001, Sir Arthur Bliss Chamber Music Prize (RAM) 2000,  wind section of the UK Performing Australian Music competition, 2001 and was a Finalist in the Wind section of the Royal Overseas League Competition 2000.

Sarah teaches bass clarinet at the Royal Northern College of Music, and is Director of Performance at Sheffield University. She runs the Isle of Raasay Bass Clarinet Course in Scotland and performs with Hard Rain Soloist Ensemble, rarescale and SCAW.

Sarah specialises in low clarinets, and has premiered many new works. She has performed and given masterclasses in the UK, Europe, Asia, North and South America, and released recordings on various labels including a 2018 release of the Strauss Duet Concertino with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra on Hyperion Records.

Sarah has published ‘Spectral Immersions; A Comprehensive Guide to the Theory and Practice of Bass Clarinet Multiphonics’. She is a Vandoren UK artist, a Selmer artist, a Silverstein Pro artist. In 2016, she was made an associate of the Royal Academy of Music, London.


Uduman studied clarinet at Surrey University and composition with Vic Hoyland and Jonty Harrison, at Birmingham University, where he received a PhD in 1993. Awards include an international prize at the Huddersfield Festival of Contemporary Music, The Bourges International Competition for Electro-acoustic Music, the George Butterworth Award, the Oskar Back Foundation Prize for Young European Composers and the Prix Annelie de Man. His music has featured at many festivals, including the Oxford Festival of Contemporary Music, The Spitalfields Festival, the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, the Cheltenham International Festival of Music, Darmstadt, Britten Festival Brugges and Agora Festival at IRCAM, Paris.

out of the darkness that envelopsand the new work for rarescaleare supported by the PRS Foundation’s Composers’ Fund