Rhythm of Strings

Rhythm of Strings
Village Underground on 11th of September 2011
An exciting night of innovative music, where tradition meets technology, to create an original experience of classical performance and contemporary electronica.

Critically acclaimed experimental music programme Faster Than Sound (a collaboration between Lumin and Aldeburgh Music) presents the London premier of Rhythm of Strings with Seb Rochford, Leafcutter John, Leo Abrahams, Oliver Coates & Max Baillie at Village Underground on the 11/09/11 at 8 pm.

Taking place on 11th September at Village Underground in East London, the musicians created Rhythm of Strings during an intensive five-day residency at Aldeburgh Music’s new workspace facility space, The Hoffman Building. The performance is a conceptual exploration of the ‘Rhythm of Strings’ and blurs the boundaries between jazz and improvisation, classical and electronic music. This will be the London debut of the project that occurred earlier in March this year at Snape Maltings, home to Aldeburgh Music, where the event won over critics and audiences alike, with its thought provoking and innovative approach to exploring composition through performance and dialogue.

The Artists
Seb Rochford                                                                                Drummer whose talent crosses all genres, from hip hop and drum and bass to electric jazz and more. He has worked with artists such as Corrine Bailey Rae, Brian Eno and Herbie Hancock. Winner of the BBC Rising Star Jazz award in 2004 and leader of the Mercury-nominated group Polar Bear. Rochford's idiosyncratic compositions will be punctuated by electronics from the enigmatic Leafcutter John.

Leafcutter John
Pioneering songwriter and electronic musician, combining the worlds of computer and folk music and sampling and distorting everyday sounds. Renowned for his remarkable contributions to electronic, folk and experimental music he’s released 5 critically acclaimed albums. 
He’s toured extensively performing alongside; Matmos, Nick Cave, Keith Fullerton Whitman, Jarvis Cocker, Yo La Tengo, Grace Jones, Beth Orton, Otomo Yoshihide, Aki Onda, Phillip Jeck, Carsten Nicolai, Tujiko Noriko amongst others. John is also a full time member of the Mercury Music Award nominated contemporary Jazz band Polar Bear.
Leo Abrahams
Multi-talented guitarist / singer / writer / composer whose exceptional talent as a performer and arranger can be heard on recordings by Brian Eno, Starsailor and in Hollywood blockbusters such as Ocean’s Twelve. Leo has worked with many great artists, including David Holmes, Roxy Music, Nick Cave, Marianne Faithfull, Carl Barat, Paolo Nutini, to name a few. He conducted the orchestra at Abbey Road the Starsailor album, supported REM at Red Rocks, and played with Eno at midnight on Mount Fuji. Leo has also found time to record several albums himself and with various band's. The most recent of which "The Unrest Cure" which was released on Island.

Oliver Coates
Widely in demand as a solo cellist, chamber musician, principal cellist with orchestras (Aurora Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Britten Sinfonia) and as a producer and collaborator in new music. He is an Artist in Residence at Southbank Centre. He has played in and developed projects with Seb Rochford, Micachu and the Shapes, Massive Attack, Ben Frost, Mara  Carlyle, and others. Oliver has performed concertos and recitals internationally and worked with many reputable contemporary composers (Chris Mayo, Anna Meredith, David Fennessy, Martin Suckling, Nico Muhly, Mica Levi). It is an honor for him to partake in Rhythm of Strings as an essential protagonist of the electronic/ classical genre.
Max Baillie
Extraordinary Violinist and violist who leads a diverse career which includes classical, pop, improvisation, composing and directing. Artists he has worked include American vocalist Bobby McFerrin, Indian tabla master Zakir Hussain, composer Krzysztof Penderecki, pop superstar Tinie Tempah and others. Max has appeared on stages from Carnegie Hall to Glastonbury from Mali to Moscow, and plays regularly for TV and radio broadcast.

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