The Hermes Experiment

Feat: The Hermes Experiment / Max Welford / Nonclassical DJs

£5 adv / £6 Door (wegottickets)

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8.00pm, The Shacklewell Arms

This month Nonclassical travels to the extreme boundaries of ensemble and solo playing, presenting emerging young artists who have exploded onto the contemporary classical scene. We welcome the bold voices of our 2014 Battle of the Bands co-winners The Hermes Experiment, along with adventurous clarinetist Max Welford.

The Hermes Experiment, a newly formed quartet with unique instrumentation (soprano, clarinet, double bass, harp), is on an ambitious mission to shake-up the contemporary classical world, regularly commissioning new works, playing creative rearrangements, and diving into free improvisation. They will give the world premiere of Black Sea by Ed Scolding, an emerging London composer who won Nonclassical’s composition competition last year. The ensemble will also perform selections from the iconic graphic score Variations IV by John Cage, Scenes from the Garden of Love by Jonathan Woolgar (2010 BBC Proms Inspire Young Composers’ Competition Winner), and new arrangements of Bernstein and Gershwin. We are also running our own experiment called Graphit! you can submit your own graphic score for The Hermes Experiment to perform on video, and one will be performed live on June 5th - click here for more information.

Also appearing on the night is emerging clarinetist Max Welford (2014 Park Lane Group Young Artist), who is making major waves in the classical music world. His thoughtful virtuosity and artistry has been praised as “oozing class” (The Guardian) and exuding “rhythmic bite” (The Times). Welford brings his electric energy, gutsy interpretations, and nuanced colours to challenging works for solo clarinet by Bach, Berio, Stravinsky, Jorg Widmann and Tiberiu Olah.

As always Nonclassical resident DJs will be mixing the best in contemporary classical, experimental electronica, and more.

To submit your own graphic score and get it performed by Hermes click here