Meet the artist: Reylon

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Meet the artist: Reylon

With our event with Joby Burgess and Reylon on 18 September fast approaching, we sat down with yangqin player Reylon to discuss his programme – a 20-minute collage that fuses improvisation, electronics and alternative folk.

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Immersive spatial onslaught: Dan Samsa at The Albany

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Immersive spatial onslaught: Dan Samsa at The Albany

Composer, DJ and electronic musician Dan Samsa – alias Warsnare – is the first this year’s Associate Composers to curate a nonclassical night. Presented in the round of the Albany in Deptford, Dan presents an evening that combines 360-degree audio with the powerful sound system of UK bass culture.

We recently chatted to Dan about his upcoming night, which features works from himself, Berlin-based artist Kamikaze Space Programme and Luke David Harris & Henrik Oppermann.

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nonclassical appoints Natalia Franklin Pierce as Executive Director

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nonclassical appoints Natalia Franklin Pierce as Executive Director

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Natalia Franklin Pierce has been appointed Executive Director of nonclassical.

Reporting to our Board of Trustees and leading our small team, Natalia will be in charge of devising and delivering an innovative programme of work across our events, label and artist development programmes.

Specialising in artist development and holding a wealth of experience in producing complex, large-scale events and experimental projects, Natalia joins nonclassical from the London Symphony Orchestra’s Discovery team, where she manages the Panufnik Composers, LSO Soundhub and LSO Jerwood Composer+ schemes. Previously she has worked with Multi-Story Orchestra as a freelance producer, and new music charity Sound and Music.

Natalia says, “I am excited about the opportunity to lead nonclassical, with its focus on bringing cutting-edge experimental work to new audiences through its events and label. It is an organisation I have long-admired, and so it is a huge privilege for me to follow the great work that Eleanor Ward has done over the past four years and continue to work with composers.” Natalia will take up the position at the beginning of August.

Commenting on Natalia’s appointment, Michael Noonan, nonclassical’s Chair, says:

“The Board are pleased to welcome Natalia Franklin Pierce to nonclassical as our new Executive Director. Natalia has the passion for new music that we were looking for, and brings with her a wealth of experience working with composers and music creators, and reaching out to new audiences.

“Natalia will lead the team and our organisation, building on all that has been achieved with great events, and rich relationships with funders and partners. We are keen to help our Associate Composers and artists to create new work; bring in new audiences and make the most of the nonclassical label and our amazing back catalogue.

“We are looking forward to working together.”

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Meet the artist: Zubin Kanga

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Meet the artist: Zubin Kanga

Zubin Kanga is far from the standard pianist you see in classical music recitals. His performances often integrate elements of multimedia – including electronics, film, live video and interactive technologies – and often explores this relationship between the live musician and technology. Ahead of his Victoria performance with us on 22 May, we sat down with Zubin to chat more about what to expect from tomorrow’s programme, including premieres from Neil Luck and Laurence Osborn and a new performance of Alexander Schubert’s WIKI-PIANO.NET.

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Dominic Murcott: The Harmonic Canon

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Dominic Murcott: The Harmonic Canon

Music, sound art and public sculpture meld together with Dominic Murcott’s The Harmonic Canon, his British Composer Award winning composition featuring one half-tonne double bell, an array of unusual metal percussion and two virtuosic percussionists.

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Associate Composer Spotlight: Blasio Kavuma

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Associate Composer Spotlight: Blasio Kavuma

We recently chatted with composer Blasio Kavuma – one of four composers to be part of our Associate Composers Scheme. An active collaborator and curator, Blasio has worked across a number of different art forms, including film, visual art and performance art, and strives to create music that is both forward-thinking and accessible to a wider audience. We spoke to Blasio about his practice and what he hopes to achieve through our Associate Composers Scheme over the course of the year.

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