Die Reise geht weiter: Das Fotobuch der Bamberger Symphoniker von Andreas Herzau und Nora Gomringer ist in der Sala São Paolo angekommen. Durchaus passend, denn der Konzertsaal war einmal – ein Bahnhof!

Von 1995 bis 1999 wurde die ehemalige Estação Júlio Prestes umgebaut und beherbergt heute einen der akustisch besten Konzertsäle der Welt – oft verglichen mit dem Wiener Musikvereinssaal oder dem Concertgebouw Amsterdam.

Die ganze Reise des Buches, erschienen im Hatje Cantz Verlag, gibt es hier nachzulesen.

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(Written on May 24, 2016 )

Bei strahlendem Sonnenschein haben die Bamberger Symphoniker gestern ein Open-Air-Konzert im Ibirapuera Park in Sao Paolo gespielt. Auch wieder mit dabei: Ihr Fotobuch von Nora Gomringer und Andreas Herzau, im Hatje Cantz Verlag erschienen.

Die ganze Reise des Buches gibt es hier nachzulesen.

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(Written on May 23, 2016 )

Tête à Tête have once again teamed up with the Royal College of Music to present an evening of mini-operas. The next generation of composers and singers have worked closely with Tête à Tête to produce and perform works inspired by Crime & Punishment. This year marks 150 years since Dostoyevsky’s novel was first published, so this is the perfect time to use the story for inspiration.

The programme is as follows:

Stream of Consciousness, Sea of Blood
Benjamien Lycke (music) / Mien Bogaert (words)
As he makes the most difficult decision of his life, the President looks to Dostoevsky for inspiration.

76 Days
Kenichi Ikuno Sekiguchi (music and words)
The gripping story of a real-life kidnapping

Bel and the Dragon
Alex Paxton (music and words)

A vivid retelling of an extraordinary story from the Apocrypha

The Two Sisters
Algirdas Kraunaitis (music) / Grace Lee-Khoo (words)
The quirkily gruesome Scottish folk-tale retold

Der Eisenhut
Amy Bryce (music) / Roland Bryce (words)
A tale of revenge in post-war Germany

Killer Graphics
Sam Hall (music) / Darren Rapier (words)
Reality is blurred between video games and real life.

Composers Algirdas Kraunaitis and Amy Bryce were on Resonance FM’s The Opera Hour yesterday afternoon. Have a listen here to get a gory insight into these two unique mini-operas.

Crime & Punishment is going to be performed tonight and tomorrow (20 and 21 May) in the Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music. Tickets can be purchased for £8 but hurry up as there’s not many left!

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Don’t worry if you can’t make it, as Tête à Tête will be streaming the operas on their website on 21st May 2016.

Keep up to date with news from Tête à Tête by visiting their website, Twitter and Facebook. Also keep checking the WildKat PR website too!

(Written on May 20, 2016 )

Tomorrow the Sacconi Chamber Music Festival kicks off in Folkestone, Kent. From 20 – 22 May it brings many well-known chamber music ensembles and musicians together to celebrate the thrill of live music. The festival will open with the world premiere of a new work for tenor and string quartet by world-renowned British composer Jonathan Dove for which the festival’s hosts, the Sacconi Quartet, are joined by tenor Mark Padmore. The festival will continue over the weekend starring outstanding soloists and ensembles such as the Royal College Of Music Chamber Orchestra, guitarist Morgan Szymanski, RCM viola quartet, as well as pianist Charles Owen and many more.

This is the ninth Sacconi Chamber Music Festival and is a unique experience that should not be missed!

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Folkestone is not only worth visiting for the musical event this weekend. There is the possibility of getting an extraordinary cultural experience: Visitors are given the chance to book a Folkestone Artworks tour that takes them to see a collection of high calibre works displayed around the town.

To get a taste of what you can expect, have a listen to the Sacconi Quartet’s appearance on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune.

There are still tickets left to be purchased at the door, starting at £24 for one performance and £85 for the whole festival.

The Sacconi Quartet and Mark Padmore will perform Jonathan Dove’s In Damascus in London at their 15th birthday concert at Kings Place, London on 13 July 2016.

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(Written on May 19, 2016 )

After many years of experiencing concerts, we have been thinking, what other instruments are out there that produce more unusual sounds.

When it comes to musical instrument making, a good amount of creativity is required. The elementary school teacher Junji Koyama from Japan does not only make instruments out of vegetables and fruits, he also plays on them. On his own YouTube channel, he presents the cabbage slide whistle, the carrot pipe and the celery nose flute. You can also watch instruction videos and his suggestion to upcycle the left-overs: Just eat it!

Turn up the temperature in the concert hall and you’d have, not a finely chiseled viola, flute or conga, but a glass of water. Ice-instrument maker Tim Linhart has held ice concerts in the coolest locations all over the globe. Originally from New Mexico, Linhart was invited to one of the world’s first ice hotels in Luleå, Swedish Lapland. He was requested to build his ice-instruments to be played in an igloo auditorium near the city. Meet the coolest orchestra in the world.

You can start your own musical instrument building career now! The New York Philharmonic Kidzone instrument lab shows how to create lots of instruments out of nearly anything. Get your own inspiration in the lab or try our favourite instrument: The metrocard bassoon!

 

(Written on May 9, 2016 )

Die deutsch-japanische Pianistin und Steinway Künstlerin Caterina Grewe stellt ihr Debütalbum mit Werken von Robert Schumann am 1. Juni 2016 in der Mendelssohn-Remise Berlin vor.

Caterina Grewe widmet sich hier der eher unbekannten Sonate Nr. 3 in f-Moll Op. 14 „Concert sans orchestre“ und den wohlbekannten Davidsbündlertänzen Op. 6. Hierbei überzeugt die Tastenkünstlerin mit ihrem emotional bewegenden Spiel und bring so ihre Begeisterung für ihren Lieblingskomponisten zum Ausdruck.

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Die mehrfache Preisträgerin internationaler Wettbewerbe (u.a. des Dublin International Piano Competition und Maria Canals International Piano Competition Barcelona) hat mit ihren Konzerten bereits große Anerkennung insbesondere in Großbritannien, Kontinentaleuropa und Asien gefunden. Als Studentin am Royal College of Music gewann sie 2013 den renommierten HRH Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Rosebowl Preis für ihre hervorragende Leistung während des Studiums.

Was: Release Konzert von Caterina Grewe

Wann: 1. Juni 2016 19.00 Uhr, Einlass ab 18.30 Uhr

Wo: Mendelssohn-Remise Berlin

Eintritt: 12€

Programm: R. Schumann – Davidsbündlertänze, Op.6 und F. Liszt – Après une lecture de Dante

Reservierung unter: vivienne@wildkatpr.com oder +49 (0)30 2150 2932

Im Anschluss gibt es die Möglichkeit zu einem persönlichen Kennenlernen der Pianistin mit kühlen Drinks. Mehr Informationen und Updates können Sie entweder auf Caterinas Website oder ihrem Twitter und Facebook Account.

 

(Written on May 4, 2016 )

Saturday will be the the 6th International Jazz Day celebrating jazz and its diplomatic role of uniting people in all corners of the globe. The day was initiated by UNESCO.

This brings us to focus on our Jazz clients today:

Michael Chillingworth is a London based saxophonist and clarinettist. With his debut jazz album Scratch And Sift – out on 1st July – he reminds us how inspiring everyday life is. Each track tells a story from his everyday life and finds drama in the mundane, from the freshness of a shower to cinematic villains or the poetic presentation on Japanese sweet packaging!

Kenneth Dahl Knudsen is a Danish composer and double bass player. For his debut album We’ll Meet In The Rain, which is to be released on 6th May, he gathered together an international jazz orchestra. The album weaves between contemporary jazz and cinematic orchestral music. Each piece speaks about Dahl Knudsen’s encounters with people, their stories and anecdotes.


Michael and Kenneth are definitely two artists you should keep your eye on! Stay tuned and follow them on their social media sites:

Michael Chillingworth: website, twitter

Kenneth Dahl Knudsen: website, YouTube, facebook

Both artists will release their albums on the London-based record label Two Rivers Records.

(Written on April 29, 2016 )

WildKat PR are excited to announce our new client Héloïse Werner!

Héloïse is a singer and performer, currently working on Scenes from the End, a new one-woman opera about grief that previewed at the Tristan Bates Theatre in February 2016 and will premiere this summer at the Camden and Edinburgh  Fringe Festivals. Héloïse was born in Paris, studied Music at Clare College, Cambridge and has received many awards for her work, such as the ‘Creation Prize’ from the Conservatoire Maurice Ravel.

Héloïse co-directs London-based contemporary quartet The Hermes Experiment (Park Lane Group Young Artists) and is a founder member of five-piece folk band The Coach House Company, with whom she has performed at Green Note, Ronnie Scott’s jazz club and Wilderness Festival, amongst others.

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“Soprano, Héloïse Werner really used the words performatively: not just their meaning but their sound. (…) Werner was called upon to imitate the train as well as sing: all carried off with a splendid sense of performance art.” – Seen and Heard International

Keep up to date with Héloïse’ news on her website, Twitter and Instagram.

(Written on April 28, 2016 )

Aus dem omanischen Wüstensand in die K.u.K.-Herrlichkeit: Nach dem Gastspiel der Bamberger Symphoniker in Muscat sind sie nun in Graz angekommen. Und mit ihnen: Das Fotobuch von Nora Gomringer und Andreas Herzau, das im wunderschönen Stefaniensaal bereits auf sie wartet. Heute Abend und morgen sind sie dort unter der Leitung ihres Ehrendirigenten Christoph Eschenbach zu hören. Auf dem Programm: Werke von Ruzicka, Schumann und Brahms.

Die ganze Reise des Buches gibt es hier nachzulesen.

 

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(Written on April 25, 2016 )

Nach Monte Carlo sind die Bamberger Symphoniker heute zum allerersten Mal zu Gast in Oman! Mit ihrem Ehrendirigenten Christoph Eschenbach und Pianist Saleem Abboud Ashkar spielen sie Werke von Beethoven und Bach. Auch ihr Fotobuch (von Nora Gomringer und Andreas Herzau, im Hatje Cantz Verlag erschienen) ist wieder mit dabei und wartet bereits vor dem Royal Opera House Muscat.

Die ganze Reise des Buches gibt es hier nachzulesen.

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(Written on April 21, 2016 )