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Thursday 20th December: Nonclassical & Freedom From Torture at Cafe Oto

November 22nd, 2012  |  Published in EVENTS

This December we’re delighted to be forming part of ‘Freedom From Torture Presents’, a series of nights curated by independent labels and artists to raise awareness about victims of torture, their situations, and the work FFT is doing to help them recover from trauma.

The night centres on excerpts from Gyorgy Kurtag‘s masterpiece ‘Kafka Fragments‘, based on extracts from the author’s diaries, and performed by AISHA ORAZBAYEVA and SHIE SHOJI.

We’re also delighted to announce a performance of Martyn Harry’sRestraint‘, for handcuffed pianist, performed by Eldon Fayers.

As well as five new works:

KATE WHITLEY: ‘Scars’ (text by Stephanie Ndoungo) a short opera for soprano and chamber ensemble
Raphaela Papadakis – soprano, Katherine Tinker – piano, Rosie Taylor – bass clarinet, Jenny Coombes – viola, Jude Carlton – percussion, Christopher Stark  – conductor

THOM ANDREWES: ‘MLR’ (text by Tim Malmo) soprano, speaker and trio
Thom Andrewes – speaker, Kate Whitley – piano, Sarah Latto, James Andrewes, Will Gardner, Edwin Hillier – singers

GREGOR RIDDELL: ‘Minding the gap’ (text by Amina Abdalla) for electronics two sopranos and cello
Rob Lewis – electronics, Gregor Riddell – cello / electronics, Josephine Stephenson & Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian – vocals

LAURENCE OSBORN: ‘A mind like the Northern Line’  (text by Amina Abdalla), for two sopranos, two double basses and percussion
Jim Vanderspar, Noam Faingold  – double basses, Josephine Stephenson, Sinead Okelley  – sopranos, Rebecca McChrystal  – percussion

WILLIAM MARSEY
: ‘I Do Not Belong Here’ (text by Ozgur), for baritone and two guitars
Dom Sedgwick  – baritone, Nick Goodwin  – guitar

The new pieces have been commissioned specially for the event, setting and responding to texts written by torture survivors from Freedom from Torture’s creative writing group Write to Life. Write to Life provides clients with a creative outlet for their experiences and a way to explore the torture from their past and the difficulties of living in exile. It has evolved to be the longest-running writing group for torture survivors in the world.

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Shie Shoji performing Kafka Fragments (with Stelios Chatziiosifidis):

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