Gently shimmering and unfolding like a sustained whisper, the music of Morton Feldman is like nothing else. Tonight, Philip Thomas will play Feldman’s final masterpiece, Palais de Mari. Allison Cameron is a major figure in Canadian music, and this will be the world premiere of a substantial new work, commissioned by Kettle’s Yard. Tirelessly dedicated to the promotion of new music, Philip will also play the violent virtuosity of Michael Finnissy, eccentric minimalism from Christopher Fox, and a taste of the great experimentalist Christian Wolff.
£12 (£5 full time students), booking recommended
Allison Cameron, World premiere of new work (15′)
Morton Feldman, Extensions 3 (6′)
Michael Finnissy, Fourth Political Agenda (7′)
Christopher Fox, The Calm of Mountains (14′)
Morton Feldman, Palais de mari (23′)
Christian Wolff, Keyboard Miscellany (10′)
About Philip Thomas
Philip Thomas specialises in performing experimental notated and improvised music as a soloist and with leading experimental music group Apartment House, winners of the 2012 Royal Philharmonic Society award for Chamber Music and Song. Recent solo projects have included premiere performances of works by Michael Finnissy, Howard Skempton and Christian Wolff; programmes of Canadian and British experimental music; a 12-hour performance of Cage’s Electronic Music for Piano; and a survey of Christian Wolff’s piano music. Recent CD releases include a five-CD set of Morton Feldman’s music for solo piano, a five-CD set of Christian Wolff’s solo piano music, a double disc of John Cage’s Concert for Piano and Orchestra and Wolff’s Resistance with Apartment House, music for multiple pianos by Morton Feldman, and portrait discs of music by Christopher Fox, Jürg Frey, Bryn Harrison, Cassandra Miller, Tim Parkinson, Michael Pisaro, James Saunders, and Linda Smith. He has also performed recently with pianists Mark Knoop, Catherine Laws, Ian Pace and John Tilbury, and with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. He is currently Professor of Performance at the University of Huddersfield, co-Director of CeReNeM, and publishes widely on issues relating to performance and experimental music.