What! Five Premières from What Guitar Trio

Ioannis Theodoridis and Michael Hughes of the What Guitar Trio at Cervantes Theatre, London on Sunday 24 November 2019. The concert was organised by International Guitar Foundation, for their Young Artist Platform programme. ©Thérèse Wassily Saba

The What Guitar Trio (Ioannis Theodoridis and Michael Hughes) will be joined by the composer and guitarist Sam Cave in a concert which is part of the 840 concert series at Iklectik, Old Paradise Yard, 20 Carlisle Lane on Tuesday 17 December 2019.

The five works to be premièred are: Lo Shu Square by Alex NikiporenkoJangle Consort (for three guitars and audio) by Christian Drew, Fractions of Time by Rūta Vitkauskaitė (inspired by the harmonies of Messiaen),  Some Ponds (for three guitars and audio) by Michael Hughes and three guitars by James Luff.

Apart from these premières, their programme will also feature: Guitar Trio (1997) by Bryn Harrison, Stjärnskruvmejsel (trio version) by Anna Eriksson – composer, sound artist and guitarist living in Gothenburg and Eights for three Lyra Viols by William Lawes (a suite of six pieces arranged for guitar trio by Lausten, originally written for seventeenth-century lyra viols).

Here is a taster of the Anna Eriksson’s Stjärnskruvmejsel:

What Guitar Trio was formed as an ensemble in 2016, with award-winning guitarists Michael Hughes and Ioannis Theodoridis. For this 840 performance, their third guitarist will be Sam Cave, who is a leading exponent of new music on the guitar in the UK. What Guitar Trio explore an array of repertoire with a focus on new music.

840 is a London-based concert series curated by the composers Alex Nikiporenko and James Luff. The series is dedicated to providing a platform for new experimental and minimal music. 840 takes its name from Erik Satie‘s inscription in Vexations:

In order to play the theme 840 times in succession, it would be advisable to prepare oneself beforehand, and in the deepest silence, by serious immobilities.

This 840 concert is supported by The Hinrichsen Foundation – a charity mainly devoted to the promotion of new music.

Tuesday 17 December 2019: LondonWHAT GUITAR TRIO (MICHAEL HUGHES, IOANNIS THEODORIDIS joined by SAM CAVE). Iklectik, Old Paradise Yard, 20 Carlisle Lane, SE1 7LG, 7.30pm. Tickets. (New Music for Guitar Trio: 5 premières)

© Thérèse Wassily Saba 2019

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