A new song cycle by Andrew Hamilton is performed in Aberdeen, London and Paris

The work, To the People, for voice and percussion will be premiered by Juliet Fraser and Maxime Echardour in concerts in Aberdeen on 30 October, London as part of the Kammer Klang concert series on 4 November, and Paris on 12 November.

Andrew Hamilton, who’s currently based in Birmingham where he teaches at the conservatoire, writes about the work:

‘Over the past six years I have been to deserts in California three times and have fallen in love with the landscape which is so alien to someone who grew up in Ireland. A friend suggested that I read Baudrillard’s America (1986) as he writes so eloquently about Europeans experiencing the desert, and about American culture in general. While choosing the text I remembered seeing the vast work To The People of New York by the German artist Blinky Palermo (1943–1977). It consists of 39 panels grouped into 15 subsets. This work gave me the impetus to create the 19 movements that interact with each other, share material or are nearly identical.’

Following these performances, Hamilton’s work also features in a concert on 6 November at the Whitechapel Gallery, London by cellist Oliver Coates, who will perform a revised version of the composer’s work, beyond victory and defeat piece.

For further details on upcoming performances featuring Andrew Hamilton’s works, please see our calendar.

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