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Nonclassical 10: Interview with Gabriel Prokofiev in The Quietus

We'll be celebrating our 10th anniversary throughout the year with special events and surprises (to be announced very soon), but to get things started The Quietus have done an in-depth interview with label founder and composer Gabriel Prokofiev. The interview covers our history from being a spark of an idea, the very early days, some of the challenges, unexpected moments and triumphs. You can read a snippet below or the full article on their website.

"I'd grown up playing in pop bands and when I was 14 we made a cassette, we photocopied the inlay and with a double tape deck made 120 copies. From that point onwards, I was in the recording world, and it became a natural process that if you write a piece of music you're going to record it. So when I wrote my first string quartet, which was after a considerable break from actually writing classical music I was really pleased with it and I thought I have to record this, but hang on, who's going to release this? In the dance music world there are loads of labels you can approach and you can try, but with classical music there just was nothing, no options.The string quartet that recorded it was the Elysian Quartet, they were really young, they hadn't won a competition, this is 2003 and I was 28, they weren't on the circuit so none of the traditional labels would take them. Me too - I'd just come back to composing, there just wasn't any label that would take me on. I already ran a label with another producer in these studios, that at the time was called Nonstop Recordings, and we were doing some hip hop and electronic music so I knew how it all worked, the structure and I was quite excited about running a label, and then I thought, "What the hell, I'll release it on my own label."...

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Sunday 11th May 2014/ Nonclassical @ York Spring Festival of New Music

We're very excited to be taking part in this years York Spring Festival of New Music, a genre defying weekend (9-11th May) of musical discovery and creativity across the whole City of York.

On Sunday 11th May Nonclassical DJ Nwando Ebizie will be spinning the most stimulating new sounds in experimental, electronica, and contemporary classical music with remixes from the Nonclassical label. There will also be a live performance of the critically acclaimed work ‘Cello Multitracks’ a suite of contrasting movements for nine layered cello parts composed by Gabriel Prokofiev, by a cellist and composer described as "working at the forefront of the new music scene" (The New Yorker), Peter Gregson.



18.05.13: Nonclassical @ Northern Chords

We're looking forward to making our North East debut next month, as we host a late night event at the Sage Gateshead as part of the Northern Chords festival. The live programme spans a broad range of contemporary music, while our DJ sets will as usual be threading electronics beats and textures into these avant garde sound worlds. And to top it all off, entry is free!

Full programme:

Steve Reich: Cello Counterpoint Magnus Lindberg: Piano Trio (3rd movement) George Crumb: Movement from Solo Cello Sonata Gabriel Prokofiev: Cello Multitracks Arvo Part: Fratres for String Quartet Bela Bartok: Fuga from Sonata for Solo Violin

10:30 PM | Sage Gateshead Concourse

Here's a special Podcast featuring music from the night and Beyond.

03.04.13 Nonclassical @ The Macbeth ft. Thomas Gould + Music off Canvas

For April's Nonclassical we're back at Hoxton's favourite 'haggard old party pub' for a night in association with our good friends Platform33. Following the sonic mayhem of our recent Pioneers of Electronic Music series, it'll be nice to return to more acoustic territory with a headline performance from the celebrated violinist Thomas Gould, described by The Sunday Times as a 'soloist of rare refinement'. A very rare chance to see this acclaimed performer in such intimate surroundings, and he's put together the following killer programme:

Ewan Campbell - Everything, all at once (premiere)
Benjamin Ellin - Three States
Graham Williams - Mr. Punch (premiere)
John Hawkins - BoBop
Aziza Sadikova - La Baroque Nico Muhly - A Long Line Mark Bowden - Lines written a few miles below

Also performing on 3rd April is Music Off Canvas, a new group led by Hannah Grayson (flute) and Vanessa Howells (oboe) that collaborates with diverse arts specialists and includes LIVE PAINTING. They've already been sought out by venues such as the Southbank Centre and the Saatchi Gallery and this will be seriously good. More details coming soon!

Wednesday 3rd April, 8pm The Macbeth, 70 Hoxton Street N1 6LP (directions) £5 advance / £6 on the door