German string quartet Sonar meetrenowned soprano Juliet Fraser in a concert of ambiguous meaning and definitefeeling. Naomi Pinnock and Heinz Holliger are artists bonded by theiropen-ended style – both of them leave definitive impressions through sparsemusic, the kind that hovers over its listener indefinitely. Rather than fillthe space completely, they open it up, giving each listener the chance to placethemselves within the sounds. A founding member of the radical EXAUDI ensemble,Juliet Fraser lends the perfect voice to Pinnock and Holliger, colouring theirambiguous work with her own expressions. Along with Sonar, she becomes wrappedup in the pieces, experiencing them on the same immersive level as thelistener.
American cellist Seth Woods saw a photo of Charlotte Moorman playing a cello, made of ice, in the nude. This is how the Iced Bodies project began. From the photo, Woods pieced together a fascinating tale about Moorman, a performer pulled towards extreme performance. Collaborating with artist Jim McWilliams, she created a cello-shaped sculpture made of ice, using it to perform his piece Iced Music for London. An obscure relic of the New York underground, Woods has dug up the 1972 piece and given it a new perspective, creating his own ‘ice cello’ augmented with electronic sound devices. Rethinking the confrontational performance of Moorman, he’s created a modern installation that considers those frozen out of modern society. He’ll play it until it melts.
The Riot Ensemblemark their second appearance at hcmf// 2019 with a series of performances trueto their name. Renowned for building deep, long-standing relationships withcomposers, the ensemble is one of the world’s best for guiding radical musicinto the world. In this concert, they premiere four pieces they’ve worked onwith musical innovators around the world. St Paul’s Hall is a home fixture forthem by now,and they fill the space with a familiar crackle of energy.