BRUDENELL PIANO SESSIONS @ Howard Assembly Room
Sun Jun 26 2022 at 03:30 pm to 07:00 pm
Howard Assembly Room | Leeds, EN
AdvertisementBrudenell Piano Sessions return to Howard Assembly Room for a summer show with an eclectic lineup of piano-centred music with an international flavour. Larkhall (he/they) is a composer, pianist and creative coder making visuals that respond to the music as he performs; Késia Decoté (she/her) is a Brazilian pianist and toy pianist with a passion for creating unique experiences for her audience; Maud the Moth is the solo project of Edinburgh-based, Madrid-born pianist and singer songwriter Amaya López-Carromero (she/her).
Hosted and curated as always by Simeon Walker, we are thrilled to be welcoming such a unique and varied range of artists and performers to Leeds for this event.
Music, visual art and technology collide in Larkhall’s moving, cinematic performance. A composer, pianist and creative coder, he has written software to turn the nuances of each performance into reactive visual projections. His harmonious music has earned accolades from across Europe and the USA, with his 2019 debut album The Sea Was Never Blue reaching the #2 spot on the iTunes Classical chart.
Algorithms play a role in our daily lives, shaping everything from weather forecasts, to driving directions, to social media feeds. But can they be… art? Composer-pianist and software developer Larkhall presents a show combining new classical piano compositions with live visuals which are created by his music as he plays. These “vividly beautiful,” “enchanting” compositions (Hämeenkyrön Sanomat / Chicago Sun-Times) shed new light on how STEM subjects can be applied outside of a traditional engineering context.
Késia Decoté is a Brazilian pianist with a special affinity with contemporary music. Késia has been developing a diverse career performing as a soloist, improviser, and chamber musician, with concerts and premieres in Brazil, Europe and Canada.
Késia’s debut solo album ‘Para a frente’ (released by Nonclassical in November 2020) features piano and toy piano works dedicated to her by emerging UK-based composers. A keen improviser, Késia has also released ‘Hour’ - an album of improvisations with cellist Bruno Guastalla. Késia’s newest CD, ‘Isolation’, presents a collection of piano miniatures written by composer Charlotte Botterill reflecting on her experience of the lockdown due to the pandemic crisis in 2020. Recently, Késia has been working in close collaborations with composers, promoting new works for piano and for toy piano and exploring innovative ways to present music and engage audiences.
Késia holds a PhD in Arts & Music and MA (Distinction) from Oxford Brookes University, Masters Degree and Undergraduate (Cum laude) in Piano from the federal university of Rio de Janeiro.
Maud The Moth:
Maud the Moth was founded in 2010, as the solo project of Amaya López-Carromero; a Madrid-born, Edinburgh-based pianist, singer and songwriter who spent much of her childhood and teenage years studying classical music, writing stories and recording music demos on the family twin cassette deck. Naturally evolving from what has been a life-long motivation, Maud the Moth serves as Amaya’s personal alter ego; a conduit for her personal life experiences which draws on a wide-ranging musical background and where disparate influences are carefully woven into a rich, coherent and heartfelt musical tapestry with an eclectic and unique personality. This commitment to her own personal vision has attracted a wide variety of programmers over the year, leading to performances in numerous international festivals (Festival Noroeste, Celtic connections, Glasgow International Jazz Festival, Hidden door, Noite Branca, Eden Festival, Heineken Jazzaldia, etc.) and venues (Ronnie Scott's, Barcelona’s Museum of Modern Arts CCCB, Sala Apolo, O2 ABC Glasgow, Lyceum theatre in Edinburgh, etc.) both as a solo act and supported by a band.
Maud the Moth has released three full-lengths so far: 'Home Futile Home' (2011), 'The Inner Wastelands' (2015) and 'Orphnē' (2020), plus the live EP 'Live at the Reid Hall' (2017). Her music has collectively gained over three and a half million plays on Spotify, and has been featured by BBC Introducing, Radio 3 RNE along with numerous online radio stations.
Her third full length album 'Orphnē' has been mixed and mastered by Jaime Gómez Arellano (Ulver, Ghost, GOLD, Hexvessel, Paradise Lost, etc.) and has received excellent reviews from international press: Metal hammer magazine (UK), Prog (UK), Bring the noise UK, Mondosonoro (Spain), Streetclip (Germany), À découvrir absolument (France) and Idioteq (Poland) amongst many others. Orphnē has also been featured by the prestigious Dutch festival Roadburn as the cover of one their “Essential sounds” playlists, and included in Louder’s “Alternative albums of the year” playlist, where it was ranked in eight position.
Leeds-based pianist & composer Simeon Walker has quickly emerged as a leading light in the burgeoning Modern Classical scene, following the release of Mono and Winnow, his two albums to date. In recent years, Simeon has regularly performed & toured across the UK and Europe; supported a variety of artists including S. Carey, LYR, Sebastian Plano, Loscil, Erland Cooper & Taz Modi; and performed notable live sets at Latitude & Timber Festival (UK), Q3Ambientfest (DE), FAN Festival (PT). His latest single ‘Reverie’ features on the first official Piano Day compilation by LEITER, alongside Nils Frahm, Olafur Arnalds and Chilly Gonzales.
His music receives regular broadcasts on BBC Radio 3 shows including Unclassified & NightTracks, alongside BBC 6Music, KEXP and Soho Radio, with his music boasting streaming figures in excess of 15 million times across platforms. He also founded and continues to curate Brudenell Piano Sessions; an intimate and varied live music series highlighting the diverse music being composed and performed on the piano, hosted at Leeds’ iconic Brudenell Social Club.
Simeon’s recent EP release Imprints represents a return to the calm, introspective piano-based instrumentals that first thrust him into the limelight; inviting the listener to find stillness, beauty and meaning as much in the spaces between the notes as the notes themselves, as musical stories are woven with each tender, intimate performance.
Where is it happening?Howard Assembly Room, 32 New Briggate,Leeds, United Kingdom, Leeds, United Kingdom
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