• The Victoria (map)
  • 451 Queensbridge Road
  • London, England, E8 3AS
  • United Kingdom

Wed 20 Mar 8pm

Witness two daring contemporary instrumentalists in this double-bill, featuring violinist-composer Aisha Orazbayeva, and experimental flautist Kathryn Williams.

They're both performers that devise reimagined approaches to their instruments. Kazakh violinist Aisha Orazbayeva is known for her fearless and confrontational approach to performance, whether breathing new life into classic repertoire, or premiering works by new composers. She has released three critically-acclaimed solo albums with music ranging from her own compositions to Telemann and Sciarrino, as on her 2011 debut Outside, released on nonclassical. Tonight, she'll present a programme featuring pieces by Nicola Matteis, Biber and John Cage, in what is her first UK solo performance in over a year.

Kathryn Williams doesn't make it easy for herself – her works often feature constraint and self-imposed obstacles as a key part of their composition, taking influences from contemporary classical, physical theatre, performance art and sport. Recent projects include Coming Up for Air – a series of works that explore the possibilities that emerge when pieces are limited to one breath – and PIXERCISE – a new piece in collaboration with Annie Hui-Hsin which combines music for piccolo and exercise. Yes, exercise.

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