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“We are delighted to welcome back the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra for their European tour in the summer of 2017, having executed a successful creative PR campaign for the release of ‘Concertos for Orchestra’. The CSO is an incredibly versatile and forward-thinking ensemble, and we look forward to developing and sharing their stories with European audiences.” – Olivia Brown, Head of Creative Strategy & Marketing

The orchestra will visit several cities in countries around Europe this summer, with dates at the Edinburgh International Festival and San Sebastian already confirmed and more to be announced shortly. In March 2017 it was announced that Louis Langrée was to remain Music Director of the CSO for the 2019-2020 season.

Founded in 1895, the CSO is the sixth oldest orchestra in the United States and the first to be broadcast to a national radio audience in 1921. With a rich history of music making directly linked to the community in the state of Ohio, the CSO ordinarily reside in the Venetian gothic ‘Music Hall’ building, which recently underwent extensive renovation and restoration. The 2017 tour will bring American musical excellence to audiences across Europe, delighting fans new and old with their ‘richness, precision and intensity’ of performance.

CSO previously released live recorded album ‘Concertos for Orchestra’ in November 2016 on the orchestra’s own label ‘Fanfare’, featuring world premieres of seven pieces by contemporary composers. Works from this album will feature among a varied concert programme performed on the European tour.

Stay tuned for more news and announcements from the CSO by checking the WildKat blog. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram too.

(Written on April 11, 2017 )

Singer Olivia Salvadori and composer Sandro Mussida have released their new album Dare Voce on Sony Classical.

Olivia Salvadori is a classically-trained soprano, an operatic solo performer, and an experimental recording artist. She is particularly interested in approaching the voice as a raw material. Sandro Mussida is a cellist, composer and electronic producer. His work investigates the consequences of compositional choices on musical matte,r and explores the interaction between acoustic, classical, electric and electronic fields.

Dare Voce is the result of a ten-year long exploration of the voice. Using the song form, it unites European, Latin American, African, classical, acoustic and electronic musical styles. The Italian musicians create worlds of endless possibilities and no restrictions – solid classical roots entwine with more contemporary styles, creating new sound combinations.

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The album is a brief anthology of short stories, and takes the listener on a journey through different languages, compositional techniques, orchestrations, and recording processes. Olivia’s deep and powerful lyrical voice is complimented by a classically-influenced electronic soundscape.

Olivia and Sandro have also collaborated with several international artists, including UK-based artist & electronic musician Mark Fell, Australian musician Oren Ambarchi, Berlin-based Hungarian-American saxophonist, lyricist, avant-garde musician and experimental composer Andre Vida, and US drummer, composer, songwriter, improviser and writer John Colpitts aka Kid Millions.

For their latest news, stay tuned to the WildKat PR Blog, follow Olivia on her website, Facebook and Twitter, or check out Sandro’s website and Twitter.

(Written on December 9, 2016 )

WildKat PR are delighted to be starting work with Olivia Salvadori and Sandro Mussida, ahead of the release of their album Dare Voce this autumn. Olivia and Sandro are particularly interested in exploring the interaction between different genres, traditions and timbres.

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Olivia Salvadori is a classically trained soprano, an operatic solo performer, and an experimental recording artist. Her music creates an eclectic avant-garde union between her deep, lyrical voice and a classically-influenced electronic accompaniment. In 2013, Olivia began recording her album, Dare Voce, in collaboration with producer, composer and cellist Sandro Mussida. His work investigates the consequences of compositional choices on musical matter and explores the interaction between acoustic/classical, electric and electronic fields.

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Dare Voce features nine compositions in song form for soprano voice with electric/electronic accompaniment. Alongside elements from traditional classical Italian opera, the compositions incorporate more contemporary and experimental styles.

Follow their latest news here on WildKat PR Blog. In addition, you can follow Olivia on her website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Soundcloud, where you can listen to some of her recordings. You can also follow Sandro on his website, Facebook, TwitterInstagram, as well as Soundcloud to listen to his works.

(Written on October 18, 2016 )

WildKat PR is excited to welcome Berlin-based record label Neue Meister.

Neue Meister was created by Edel and presents some of the most important composers of the modern day: the old masters of tomorrow. Introducing the new generation of composers, who represent a breath of fresh air for the classical music sector by combining the classical tradition with new musical influences.

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Neue Meister‘s roster includes artists such as Sven Helbig, Arash SafaianJohannes MotschmannTamar Halperin and Christian Jost as well as festivals Castelbuono in Italy and Womad Festival in the United Kingdom. WildKat PR will handle the PR for Neue Meister in the United Kingdom and the USA.

Keep up to date with news from Neue Meister through their websiteTwitter, Facebook, and, as always, through the WildKat PR blog, and look out for upcoming releases.

(Written on July 29, 2016 )

WildKat PR is delighted to introduce our latest client, Syzygy Quartet, who release their debut CD in November!

sq1Syzygy saxophone quartet was formed in 2009, after performing together at the World Saxophone Congress in Bangkok with the London Saxophone Ensemble, and the ensemble has blossomed ever since. Their debut performance was part of the Frontiers Festival, where they performed Louis Andriessen’s Facing Death. Since then, the quartet have performed in major concert venues such as St Martin-in-the-Fields, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, and National Portrait Gallery. Syzygy Quartet have also received an Emerging Excellence award from Help Musicians UK, who have supported them throughout their career.
sq2They specialise in contemporary classical music, and perform both established contemporary works and also new compositions written specifically for the ensemble. However, Syzygy Quartet’s repertoire extends beyond just contemporary compositions, with their upcoming concert in St Andrew’s Psalter Lane Church, Sheffield in March 2016 including works by Mozart, Beethoven, Messiaen and David Maslanka. Keep up to date with all their upcoming events here.

Having succeeded in being the only ensemble in Europe to be awarded the recording and performing rights for David Maslanka’s Song for the Coming Day, they have recently recorded this for their debut CD, which will be released on 13th November.

sq3Follow Syzygy Quartet on Facebook and Twitter, and check out their website to keep up to date with their latest news.

(Written on October 9, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Sokolov refuses award won by Lebrecht, and Juilliard opens a campus in China. Also, Classical Music Magazine writes that women in classical music are thrust into the spotlight for all the wrong reasons, and Classic FM lists the struggles of being a classical-music loving Millennial

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Grigory Sokolov refuses award because it has previously been won by Norman Lebrecht

Sokolov: ‘According to my ideas about elementary decency, it is shame to be in the same award-winners list with Lebrecht’

Classical Music Magazine

Women in classical music are being thrust into the spotlight for all the wrong reasons

When 17-year-old Jessy McCabe made headlines last month with her shocking discovery that Edexcel’s Music A-Level syllabus featured not a single work by a female composer, my reaction was one of anger and frustration

The Guardian

Meet the Turner prize shortlist, from the musician to the mind-reader

Architecture, opera, fashion, parapsychology … this year’s contenders are taking contemporary art into exciting new territory. We sent our experts to meet the artists on the shortlist

Classical Music Magazine

Juilliard to open campus in China

The Juilliard School is to open its first campus outside New York.

The Guardian

Turning opera inside out: how I got Lost in Thought

Shoeless and armed only with a swizzle stick, Stuart Jeffries attempts to banish distracting thoughts and be part of the world’s first mindfulness opera

Classic FM

The worst things about being a classical music-loving Millennial

You were born in the 1990s, you love classical music, and it’s a nightmare. Here are 11 of the worst day-to-day trials that you have to put up with…

Klassik.com

h-Moll-Messe von Johann Sebastian Bach für Weltkodumentenerbe nominiert

Die deutsche Unesco-Kommission sieht das Werk als Meilenstein der Musikgeschichte in Bezug auf Satztechnik, Wort-Ton-Verhältnis sowie ihre ästhetisch und theologisch durchdachte Gesamtform.

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Im Strudel – Igor Levit und das DSO

Der Pianist Igor Levit gibt sein Debüt in der Philharmonie. Zusammen mit dem DSO unter der Leitung von Oslo Vänskä lässt er den Saal vor Spannung vibrieren.

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“Musik in den Häusern der Stadt” in Köln, Hamburg und Bonn

Weltmusik im Wohnzimmer, Klassik im Atelier, Jazz im Foyer – vom 3. bis 8. November ist wieder “Musik in den Häusern der Stadt” zu hören.

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Les Arts y el IVAM llevarán ópera al museo y exposiciones al coliseo

La muestra ‘Testigos del arte’ ya se puede ver en el Palau de les Arts y desde octubre intérpretes del Centre Plácido Domingo a cantarán en el muse0

El mundo

Plácido Domingo canta y llora a su hermana recién fallecida

María José Domingo, de 72 años, murió este verano en Boston. El tenor la ha homenajeado con un recital en la catedral de Los Ángeles.

Twitter

Sinfini Music‘they were taking the piano apart and reassembling it as I played’ on SLEEP

Music Education UKBBC Music launches Ten Pieces Secondary film

In Tune BBC Radio 3 A packed studio today! Players from & teaming up to perform an amazing mash up of the

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‘Music is doing what it always does – dividing up time, but this time in order to structure our work’ Lost in Thought: a mindfulness opera, by Rolf Hind, at LSO St Luke’s. Photograph: Simon Jay Price/The Guardian

(Written on September 29, 2015 )

WildKat PR is excited to introduce our newest client, Marina Baranova, a Ukrainian pianist and composer living in Germany.

“She sat down at the piano and played. With her right hand she held a melody, harmonically supported from the left. She was three and couldn’t read music” remembered Marinas Parents, both piano teachers.

Since her very first contact with a piano at the age of 3, Marina has won a long list of international prizes all over Europe. Her debut album Marina Baranova Plays Schumann was enthusiastically applauded by the press, who hailed her as an “excellent interpreter of Schumann”. She is also active as a composer – her last CD Firebird, recorded together with Murat Coşkun, contains only original compositions for oriental percussion and piano.

Marina is currently working on her next CD Hypersuites. The programme will be based on the graceful music of the Baroque period providing a foundation for the brilliant improvisations and deeply personal reinterpretations which Marina specialises in.

We are very much looking forward to supporting Marina in promoting this new album. Keep checking the WildKat PR blog for updates as well as Marina Baranova’s website.

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Marina Baranova, picture by Yoshi Toscani

(Written on July 31, 2015 )

If you saw ‘Your Call…’ Part 1 in last year’s Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival you’re in for many surprises this year when you see the complete work. Clocking in at about 55 minutes, ‘Your Call…’ has undergone major transformations.

The biggest and most obvious change is the addition of a second Mezzo Soprano. American mezzo Hai-Ting Chinn joins the cast as a second iteration of ‘The Woman.’ Splitting one character between two performers is a reflection on the unreliability of online identity and the ways we can shape our online image, enhancing or subverting reality.

DSCF9417You’ll hear a lot of new music in the complete ‘Your Call…’ Having the second voice much more than doubles the musical possibilities. The second voice enriches and deepens the musical texture in a very dramatic way. Both in speaking and singing they share lines, even splitting individual sentences between them as well as singing together.

The character of ‘The Woman’ has a relationship to technology that is very intense. Her reliance on technology and fear of human-social interactions overwhelm her existence. And we get the sense that she wouldn’t have it any other way. Over and over again she answers a phone, listens and replies, “Oh no, no, no. You’re confusing this one with the other one.” This becomes a real issue for The Woman. Her only interaction with another human always seems to go wrong. She repeatedly retreats to the safety of her phone, even singing, “A friend you can mute is a friend forever.”

Fundamental elements of communication are getting a deeper look as well. The set and props are made of circles, squares and triangles – fundamental elements of visual communication. Made of Boxes, along with many many megaphones, you’ll see circles (end of a megaphone), squares (boxes), and triangles (megaphones on end). The vowels, a, e, i, o, u, fundamental elements of aural communication, are both spoken and sung as well as being presented in sign language and semaphore signals. And then there are the phones, old and new, big and small, everywhere

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S-O-S, the universal signal of distress is a recurring refrain, woven throughout ‘Your Call…’ in Morse code, semaphore signals, sign language and within the score itself. Is this an unconscious cry for help? On the surface she doesn’t appear to want any help. Is this a manifestation of concern from the synthetic voices who see how her over-reliance on technology has taken over her external life? Only The Woman knows for sure.

There is a darkness in ‘Your Call…’ that is juxtaposed with broad physical comedy. We hope that you’ll find it as funny as it is disturbing. The character of The Woman makes everyday gestures into a language of their own. She is clearly unaware that she is expressing herself with her body. She doesn’t need to since her only meaningful relationships are online.

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The difference between the internal and external is accentuated throughout the new version of ‘Your Call…’ Spoken text is external, an increasingly desperate attempt to understand and be understood. Sung text is internal, fragmented, jumping randomly from thought to thought. The theatrical ‘fourth wall’ is repeatedly shattered in the performance, always with spoken text. What’s said needs to be heard. What’s sung is bouncing around inside her head.

Overall the new ‘Your Call…’ is bigger, funnier, darker, and more thought provoking. It’s a wild ride across a theatrical landscape that starts inside ‘The Woman’s’ head, weaves its way through the internet and lands on the floor of King’s Place, Hall 2.

Oh, and we’ll ask you to please mute your phones (we’ll be friends forever) but please do Tweet with the hashtag #ycopera during the show. We’ll be doing that from the stage and we want you all to be in on the fun. Hope to see you there, 8 – 9 August!

Lisa J. Coates & Kevin Jones

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(Written on July 29, 2015 )

We recently announced that Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival joined WildKat PR as a client and today we are pleased to reveal that the programme for the 2015 Season has been released and early-bird tickets are now on sale! Spanning three weeks and in multiple venues around King’s Cross such as The Place, Egg, the RADA GBS Studio and Regents Theatre, over 100 performances will take place and 40 new works are scheduled. Each night, there will be up to three performances, allowing audiences to fully enjoy as much of the festival as possible.

Opening the season is Streetwise Opera and Tête à Tête’s co-production of People Watch which is a comic yet dark take on Channel 4’s Gogglebox. Indeed, technology is a loose theme of this year’s festival what with Kevin JonesYour Call…, about our modern relationship with the digital world, focusing on voice technology and synthesised speech. Similarly, Of Zoe and The Woman I Sing explores the idea around voice avatars. 

Another WildKat PR client Tim Benjamin will feature at the festival with his new work Life Stories ,which explores the lives of two people facing their final moments.

There are many new features this year, including two world prèmieres that were written in collaboration with writers who have worked with the Festival in 2014 on the Pop Up Operas. One of these is Chocolat author Joanne Harris. Many traditional operas are also being given a makeover, make sure you go to Rock Tosca and Reimagined Turandot . Another innovation introduced this year are the Tête à Tête Club Nights, evenings beginning with conventional opera and morphing into a nightclubbing experience with a guest DJ from Nonclassical. Truly, they deserve their reputation as the people who are redefining and reclaiming the word ‘opera.’

The successful pop up operas and street performances of previous years, feature again in 2015 in Cubitt Square, Granary Square and throughout King’s Cross.

Check out the full line up and book your tickets, which are on sale now, through the website. Keep up to date with the summer festival on Tête à Tête’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.

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(Written on May 7, 2015 )

It is a great pleasure to welcome the talented singer and composer Sophie Dunér to our client roster.

Sophie is from Sweden, and has lived and performed internationally. Her roots are in jazz, and her music and performances are a fusion of jazz and contemporary classical idioms. Through this fusion, Sophie has created her own fresh and wild voice. As the renowned producer of her album The City of My Soul, Michael Haas, states: “it’s Dunéresque – a newly created genre!”

The City of My Soul was released with Big Round Records, a Parma Recordings Company. The City of My Soul was one of Parma’s top albums for digital sales in February 2015, and Sophie will also be featured on a compilation of the PARMA Music Festival 2014, to be released in June. Sophie has also collaborated with top musicians including, electric cellist Jeremy Harman from the Sirius Quartet, The Callino Quartet, Rory Stuart, Matt Pennman, Kahlil Kwame Bell and most recently Dominic Duval, Bertram Lehmann and Fernando Huergo. She has toured the U.S and Buenos Aires, as well as performing across Europe.

Sophie is multi-talented, and is also a painter. Many of her paintings reference the musical influence in her life. Her work is included alongside 17 other European artists in an art book by Swedish gallery owner Christian Boétus – a copy of The City of My Soul has been included in every book. Audiovisual concerts are now a large part of Sophie’s work. Her songs are already strongly connected to her paintings, which are projected digitally at performances.

You can visit Sophie’s Website here, and listen to her live performances on YouTubeThe City of My Soul is available to purchase here.

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Photo credit: Petra Björstad©

(Written on March 26, 2015 )