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Concerts 2010

Monday 27 September 2010 at 8pm
Hall Two, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG

D A R K  F O R M A T I O N S
Supported by the RVW Trust

Adrian Goycoolea Still Live (film 2010 premiere)
accompanied by Ed Hughes Quartet (music 1998)

Lizzie Thynne Surrealist Picnic II (film 2010 premiere)
accompanied by Ed Hughes Sextet (music 1999)

Ed Hughes Chamber Concerto (2010 premiere)

Nick Collins Snap (2010 premiere)

Dan Yuhas Quartet (2007 UK premiere)

David Chandler & Ed Hughes Dark Formations
(audiovisual work with live music 2010 premiere)

Concerts 2007

Monday 10 December 2007
70th Birthday Concert for Edwin Roxburgh
Birmingham Conservatoire

Edwin Roxburgh: Soliloquy 3
Edwin Roxburgh: Flute Music with an Accompaniment
Edwin Roxburgh: Prelude & Toccata
Dai Fujikura: Eternal Escape
Ken Hesketh: Aphorisms
Ed Hughes: Light Cuts Through Dark Skies
Joe Cutler: Three Quiet Pieces
Alison Kay: Flux

Strike Tour 2007

STRIKE! (Sergei Eisenstein (1924) 89’)
with a new score by Ed Hughes
performed by the New Music Players

DVD box set of Eisenstein 1920s silent films

New scores by Ed Hughes
New Music Players conducted by Patrick Bailey

In a double celebration of Russian cinema and culture, 2007 saw the world premiere live performance of a new score for Eisenstein’s first major silent movie, STRIKE!, and the release of a DVD box set by Tartan Video of three major Eisenstein films. STRIKE! and BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN, one of the most influential films in cinema history, both feature new scores by Ed Hughes performed by New Music Players and conducted by Patrick Bailey, specially recorded in 5.1 surround sound (DTS).

Ed Hughes says ''I wanted to make music for Eisenstein's picture that was as dynamic and exhilarating as his editing'.

Professor Laura Marcus, Professor of English (film) at the University of Sussex, says:
‘‘Cinema music should sparkle and glisten’, wrote Adorno and Eisler in their book of 1947, ‘Composing for the Films’.  Ed Hughes’ music for Eisenstein’s Strike (1925) and Battleship Potemkin (1926) brilliantly achieves this, in musical scores which fit the films perfectly, bringing out both their lyricism and the danger of the industrial and political conflicts represented.’

The world premiere live performance of STRIKE! at the Barbican Cinema on Sunday 17 June was part of Barbican Film's critically acclaimed Silent Film and Live Music Series. Live music and electronics combined to create a vast and impressive sound experience to match the epic scale of the film.  The New Music Players, comprising eight of the UK’s finest chamber musicians, were transformed by state-of-the-art live and recorded electronics, and surround sound.

A UK tour of STRIKE! continued in summer and autumn 2007, with funding from Arts Council England.

Tour dates:

Sunday 17 June 2007 at 3pm
Barbican Cinema 1
World premiere performance

Saturday 14 July 2007 at 8.30pm
Cambridge Film Festival

Saturday 3 November 2007 at 8pm
De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill

Monday 12 November 2007 at 8pm
British Library, 96 Euston Road, London

Tuesday 13 November 2007 at 8pm
Turner Sims Concert Hall, Southampton

STRIKE! (1924) is the first major landmark in a series of iconic silent feature films made by Eisenstein in Soviet Union in the 1920s (BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN and OCTOBER followed).

The film traces the origins of unrest in a factory amongst Bolshevik workers. It is based upon strikes which actually took place in 1903, beginning in Rostov-on-the-Don and spreading to more than five hundred factories.

The film focusses in upon an injustice meted out on a worker by the management, which precipitates a resistance movement. A spontaneous protest becomes a strike. The workers are seen to assert Lenin’s lesson ‘the strength of the working class lies in its organisation’.

However, the strike hits the workers’ families hard. Feelings of bitterness intensify, and in a moment of stress, one of the strike’s leaders allows a spy to identify him (with a tiny camera hidden in a pocket watch).

The final section of the film, ‘Liquidation’, features justly famous experiments in montage. This is the culmination of the confrontation between oppressive state and workers, in which the workers flee the troops and are massacred. Eisenstein brings home the brutality of the police operation by intercutting graphic scenes from an abatoir. This experiment in dialectical montage has a radical impact.

The rhythm of the film and its unremitting pace and constant accumulation of tension lends itself to the score’s pounding musical rhythms and textures. Ed Hughes further aims to bring out the dialectical nature of the material in his new musical score, by opposing and then synthesizing electronic and acoustic ensemble sounds, especially in the final scene. The live score requires four channel surround and an ensemble of eight instruments including a large array of percussion.

Ed Hughes (b. 1968) is a composer and a lecturer in the Music Department at Sussex University. Commissions from 2004-5 included Memory of Colour (an acoustic/electro-acoustic score in response to Teruyoshi Yoshida’s installation Surface of the Lake) for the Brighton Festival and a satirical opera (The Birds) for the City of London Festival and The Opera Group. Memory of Colour was nominated for a British Academy Composers’ Award (New Media section). The Birds was awarded the Gresham College Prize and was profiled live on BBC Radio 3 with extracts performed by the cast. In 2006 he was the composer on an Arts and Humanities Research Council funded project ‘Hearing Voices’ which explored the roles of the voice and electronics in music theatre and was performed at the World Music Days in Stuttgart.

Since 2004 his work has toured internationally to the Sydney and Salamanca Festivals and nationally to major UK festivals including Cheltenham Festival and Buxton Opera. He has written several live performance scores for films including Eisenstein’s Battleship Potemkin, Ozu’s I Was Born, But..., Mitry’s Pacific 231, and Ivens’s Rain, and has worked on Playing a Part: The Story of Claude Cahun (a recent documentary by Lizzie Thynne). He is working on a new live performance score for Eisenstein’s Strike! which will be premiered in full at London’s Barbican Centre on 17 June 2007 prior to an Arts Council of England funded UK tour. The first section of this work was recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3’s Hear and Now programme during the 2006 Cutting Edge series in London.

Ed’s scores to Battleship Potemkin and Strike were released on DVD in 5.1 surround in August 2007. Available from Tartan Video.

His new work Auditorium (with photographer Sophy Ricketts) for Glyndebourne Education and Photoworks was premiered on Saturday  17 November 2007 at Glyndebourne. The work was also installed for three months at the De La Warr Pavilion at Bexhill on Sea (Oct-Dec 2007) and was performed at Tate Britain on Friday 8 March 2008. Further gallery installations include Modena, Italy from 19 April 2008 and Cardiff Ffotogallery from 25 April 2008.

For more information and sounds see:

Ed is represented by British Music Information Centre London
and University of York Music Press

Concerts 2006

Thursday 2 November 2006 at 8.30pm
The Warehouse, Theed Street, London W1
BMIC Cutting Edge Series

Ed Hughes: Strike Sketches (world premiere, NMP commission)
Arlene Sierra: Cicada Shell (world premiere, NMP commission)
Luke Stoneham: Triage (world premiere, NMP commission)
Alison Kay: Flux (world premiere, NMP commission)

Recorded for future broadcast by BBC Radio 3

Tuesday 21 November 2006
University of Cardiff

Ed Hughes: Strike Sketches
Arlene Sierra: Cicada Shell
Luke Stoneham: Triage
Alison Kay: Flux
Elliott Carter: Scrivo in Vento
Ligeti: Three Etudes

plus workshop of specially written student pieces

Concerts 2005
Wednesday 2 March 2005
Mixing Music, Bromsgrove
Ed Hughes: Sextet
Tom Armstrong: Subterrania
Alison Kay: Rat Race
Andrew Melvin: Cage Uncaged
Erika Fox: Cafe. (Warsaw 1944) (world premiere)
Martin Butler: Jazz Machines
Friday 11 March 2005
Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama
100 Renfrew Street, Glasgow
Gordon McPherson: Explore Yourself 
John Gormley: Dialogue
Oliver Iredale Searle: Deathletics
Martyn Harry: George Meets Arnie for Tennis
Rory Boyle: Night's Music 10' (world premiere)
Gareth Williams: Be mine
Saturday 14 May 2005
British Engineerium, off Nevill Road, Hove
Brighton Festival
Ed Hughes: Battleship Potemkin (world premiere)
Sunday 12 June 2005
Kettle's Yard, Cambridge
Colin Matthews: 23 Frames  
Robin Holloway: Nocturne Op. 90  
Martin Butler: Lovesong Waltzes  
Anthony Gilbert: Crow Undersongs  
Mark Anthony Turnage: Two Vocalise'  
Thea Musgrave: Elegy for viola & cello  
Kenneth Hesketh: Threats and Declamations
Friday 26 August 2005
Meeting House, University of Sussex
part of Fourth Biennial International Conference on Twentieth-century Music
Gerard Grisey: Talea
Tristan Murail: La Barque Mustique
Iannis Xenakis: Plekto
James Wood: Crying Bird Echoing Star
Saturday 22 October 2005
Djanogly Theatre, University of Nottingham
Pacific Film Festival
Ed Hughes: I was born but?
Film score to Yasujiro Ozu: I was born but? (1932)
Thursday 27 October 2005
Turner Sims Concert Hall, Southampton
Ed Hughes: Battleship Potemkin
Film score to Sergei Eisenstein: Battleship Potemkin (1925)
For 8-piece amplified ensemble and live and recorded electronics
Pre-concert talk by Ed Hughes
Saturday 29 October 2005 at 7pm
Kingswood Theatre, Fonthill Road, Lansdown, Bath
Bath Film Festival
Ed Hughes: Battleship Potemkin
Pre-concert talk by Prof. Sir Christopher Frayling
Friday 4 November 2005
Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall, York
Ed Hughes: Battleship Potemkin
Pre-concert talk by Ed Hughes

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