When: 7pm on Monday 21 May 2012
Where: Royal Northern College of Music, 124 Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9RD
We’re delighted to be promoting this triple-header of ‘post-classical’ artists from the FatCat imprint 130701.
Formed on 13 July 2001 (hence the superficially cryptic name), FatCat’s 130701 imprint was initially intended as a home for Montreal’s Set Fire To Flames and their non-traditionalist, drone and field recording-laced take on classical instrumentation and ‘post-classical’ compositions.
Since those first releases, via critically acclaimed albums from Parisian minimalist composer Sylvain Chauveau and the much-celebrated Max Richter, 130701 has come to represent a fine stable of some of the most recognisable names in the field.
The imprint has, more recently, delivered records from the three artists undertaking the Transcendentalists tour: Hauschka’s jaw-dropping classical/techno crossover Salon des Amateurs, a wholly unique and original take on dance music, written for prepared piano, orchestral instruments and drumkit; the elegant and hushed beauty of Dustin O’Halloran’s studio LP for piano, electronics and strings entitled Lumiere, and Vorleben, a follow-up live album for solo piano; and Jóhann Jóhannsson’s The Miners’ Hymns, released in May 2011 – the powerful soundtrack to Bill Morrison’s found-footage documentary on the mining communities of north east England and their tragic end, recorded live in the Durham Cathedral (a focal point of the film) by a 16-piece brass ensemble.
The Transcendentalists tour will mark the first time Dustin O’Halloran, Jóhann Jóhannsson and Hauschka have hit the road together. A group of artists connected not only by complementary approaches to composition and performance (or, incidentally, by sharing a label), but also by the philosophical ideals found in Transcendentalism: a sense of self-reliance in their respective dual roles as composer and performer, and a rejection of the rigidity of convention and institution, leaving purity, individualism, intuition, invention and community.
All three artists will play a set of equal length for this triple headline show, which is a co-promotion with the RNCM.