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When: 7.30pm on Tuesday 10 October 2023
Where: Low Four Studio, Deansgate Mews, Great Northern, Manchester M3 4EN

Gratis – our series of free entry shows – returns, with pianist and composer Simeon Walker playing at Low Four!

Prolific UK-based pianist and composer Simeon Walker has quickly emerged as a leading light in the burgeoning Modern Classical scene, regularly performing and touring across the UK and Europe. He has supported a variety of artists including Neil Cowley, LYR, Submotion Orchestra, S. Carey, Loscil, Erland Cooper and Niklas Paschburg, and performed notable live sets at Latitude and Timber festivals.

His music is regularly broadcast on BBC Radio 3, BBC 6Music, Classic FM, Scala Radio, KEXP and Soho Radio, with his music receiving listening figures in excess of 30 million streams across platforms – and a recent release, Reverie, featuring on the first official Piano Day compilation by the LEITER label, alongside Nils Frahm, Olafur Arnalds and Chilly Gonzales. He also founded and continues to curate Brudenell Piano Sessions: an intimate and varied live music series highlighting the diverse music being composed and performed on the piano, hosted at Leeds’ iconic Brudenell Social Club.

Simeon’s recent work represents a return to the introspective piano-based instrumentals that first thrust him into the limelight. His new EP series Imprints features a set of piano miniatures representing everyday fleeting moments; brief snapshots in time, centred on conveying the emotions and feelings experienced during the lockdowns of recent years, whilst highlighting the desire to be outside and out in the open.

His music and live performances reflect the extremes of human experience – gentle, calm and still at times; powerful, boisterous and flowing at others, with the aim of breaking down the barrier between performer and audience, creating the opportunity for real, genuine connection through music, not just through idle, passive listening, but in meaningful, engaged participation. Listeners are invited to find stillness, beauty and meaning as much in the spaces between the notes as the notes themselves, as musical stories are woven with each passionate, intimate performance.

Special guest is Josh Semans. Josh Semans is a composer, producer and ondes Martenot player based in the north west of England. Working from a converted attic studio, his work is uniquely textured, employing a range of instruments, sound-sources, and processes. A keen improviser, his creative process is a cocktail of exploration, repetition, and abstraction. Josh regularly collaborates and works with other musicians and composers, having recorded and performed alongside Adrian Utley, Luke Sital-Singh, Hainbach, Simeon Walker and Alexandra Hamilton-Ayres, among others.

He has performed on Tony Award-winning composer Alex Baranowski’s score for Jacqui Morris’ A Christmas Carol, Volker Bertelmann’s score for Against The Ice, and Lena Raine’s soundtrack to RPG video-game Moonglow Bay. As well as appearing on various BBC Radio and Sky Arts Television programmes, Josh has also created the ‘LABS Ondes Musicales’ software instrument in collaboration with Spitfire Audio.

‘First ambient, then electronic, altogether triumphant’ – A Closer Listen

This show takes place at Low Four – a recording studio situated on Deansgate Mews in the Great Northern warehouse. This intimate venue features a Bechstein grand piano, plus a Cloudwater bar.

This is a 14+ show. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

This is a free entry show! Click here to reserve a place now.

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