Union Chapel Announces Organ Reframed Festival 2020's Line-Up

2020 line-up revealed featuring four world premieres of cutting edge new works from artists at the forefront of experimental music



On the 27th March 2020 the fourth annual Organ Reframed returns to Union Chapel with a programme packed full of innovative music. Alongside headline performances, the two-day international festival will also feature talks, masterclasses, an interactive soundscape and family-friendly workshops.

Organ Reframed launches with three new works composed and performed by artists known for redefining their fields: Anna von Hausswolff renowned for her gothic organ creations, enigma Abul Mogard a synth visionary, and Ipek Gorgun a composer of energetic, textural masterpieces. All three works for organ, electronics and the London Contemporary Orchestra will push Union Chapel’s sonic possibilities to the extreme.

The Saturday afternoon will see the Chapel transformed by sounds and rhythms echoing the seasonal shift of the Highland year. This free installation by Chris Watson and Claire M Singer will feature the wind, weather and animals of Scotland. These sounds will interact with the organ played by James McVinnie, Katherine Tinker and Jacob Lekkerkerker.

The festival concludes on Saturday evening with the world premiere of Voci del Vento by Chris Watson and Claire M Singer. This collaborative work will combine organ, field recordings, modular synths, the London Contemporary Orchestra and Choir to transport audiences on an epic journey from pole to pole.

Chris Watson, is a founding member of the influential experimental music group Cabaret Voltaire. He is famously known for his recording of wildlife sound for David Attenborough’s documentaries and his ground-breaking work on Grammy nominated Chernobyl. His 2003 release Weather Report was voted as one of the 100 best albums to hear before you die by The Guardian.

Speaking about the festival Chris Watson said, “I’m thrilled by the prospect of bringing the natural world into the musically inspiring environment of Union Chapel and collaborating with Claire M Singer for the next Organ Reframed”.

Claire M Singer is known for her experimental approach to the organ and for her critically acclaimed releases on the prolific label Touch.

Organ Reframed is brought to you by Union Chapel Project, in partnership with the London Contemporary Orchestra and Spitfire Audio with generous support from Arts Council England and the Institute of Physics.

Tickets on sale 10am, Wednesday 4 December at: https://www.unionchapel.org.uk/about-us/organ-reframed


About Union Chapel
Union Chapel is the iconic award winning music venue doing genuine social good in Islington, North London. It’s a Victorian Gothic architectural jewel, that’s an inclusive and progressive church, home to an incredible organ and The Margins Project, which works with people facing homelessness and isolation. Coming to an event at Union Chapel supports the conservation and development of the building and wider charitable work with the community.

About Organ Reframed
The only festival of its kind in the UK, Organ Reframed, founded by Claire M Singer, focuses on commissioning innovative new music and introducing new artists and audiences to this versatile instrument. The festival aims to challenge perceptions of the organ as a redundant church instrument and embed it in the music of the 21st century. Past commissions include Éliane Radigue, Low, Hildur Guðnadóttir, Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie and Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith.

About the London Contemporary Orchestra
A leading global orchestral group focused on playing, commissioning and developing new music and artistic output. They have worked with artists including Radiohead, Frank Ocean, Steve Reich, Actress and Beck.

About Claire M Singer
Claire M Singer, founder of Organ Reframed, is a composer, producer and performer of acoustic and electronic music, film and installations. She was a recipient of the inaugural Oram Awards for her innovation in sound and music. This year her score for Tell It To The Bees starring Anna Paquin and Holliday Grainger, won a Festival Castell de Peralada Award for best music at the BCN Festival.

Source KINC

December 4, 2019 10:45am ET by KINC  

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