A highlight of Christian Marclay’s residency at hcmf// is the world premiere of Investigations – a new score made of 100 photographs to be performed by 20 pianists who will transcribe and interpret the image, using speculation to create a sequence of chance musical responses.
The 20 pianists who will perform the piece have now been announced and they span the globe – geographically and musically. Steve Beresford, Reinier van Houdt, Sarah Nicolls, Mei Yi-Foo, Mark Knoop, Richard Uttley, Claudia Molitor and Mary Dullea are joined by locally-based pianists including Phillip Thomas, Jin Hyung Lim, Catherine Laws and Jamil Sherrif.
This eagerly anticipated event will take place against the backdrop of Huddersfield’s iconic Town Hall on Sunday 18 November at 4pm.
20 pianos + 20 pianists
Steve Beresford has been a central figure in the British improvising scene for over 30 years, working with the likes of Evan Parker, Han Bennink, John Zorn and Alterations. He has an extensive discography as performer, arranger, composer and producer and writes music for TV and Film as well as working with a variety of pop groups.
Laura Cole is a Leeds-based improvising pianist and composer. She is the bandleader for the octet Metamorphic and plays with the Deep Tide Quartet. She is also an active member of Fusebox Leeds and is the curator for the ‘New Stream’ element of Leeds Jazz Festival.
Maria Donohue is a Brooklyn born pianist, improviser, and electronic artist who specialises in contemporary music and graphic notation. Donohue performs in a number of ensembles, including the Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra and Zorya, a duo with soprano Katie Oswell.
Irish Pianist Mary Dullea performs internationally as a soloist and chamber musician. She is the pianist in The Fidelio Trio who regularly commissions new works and who have worked with composers including Gerald Barry, Judith Weir and Kevin Volans.
Mei Yi Foo
UK-based Malaysian-born pianist, Mei Yi Foo is the winner of numerous prizes, including the 2013 BBC Music Magazine’s Best Newcomer of the Year award. An advocate for new music, she regularly works with composers including Dai Fujikura, Richard Baker and Chris Harman.
Reiner van Houdt
Dutch pianist Reinier van Houdt works where the points of interpretation, experience and improvisation collide. He has worked with the likes of John Cage, Alvin Lucier and Olivier Messiaen. He is one of the moving forces behind the experimental music outfit MAZE, an offshoot of the MAE/Maarten Altena Ensemble.
Musicologist and Pianist Catherine Laws is a Senior Lecturer in Music at the University of York and a Senior Research Fellow at the Orpheus Institute, Ghent. She performs with two ensembles: the music theatre group Black Hair and amplified experimental ensemble [rout].
Kate Ledger is a pianist, accompanist and teacher based in the north of England. She completed her MMus at the University of Huddersfield under Philip Thomas and Ian Pace. As well as her solo work, Kate performs alongside Clarinettist Heather Roche in their duo Wake Up.
Jin Hyung Lim
Jin Hyung Lim is a Korean-born pianist, currently based in Huddersfield. She has been broadcast on CBC and WPRB radios, as well as recordings for the Lemoine and Naxos labels. She is currently completing a PhD at the University of York, examining the manifestation of identity in performances of piano music by Korean-German composer Isang Yun.
Claudia Molitor is a composer, artist and performer whose work draws on traditions of music and sound art, but also extends to video, performance and fine art practices, exploring the relationships between listening and seeing as well as embracing collaboration as compositional practice.
With adept manoeuvres and humble openness Dan Nicholls works as a keyboardist and producer in the midst of diverse musical worlds – leading to performances spanning Berghain to The Royal Festival Hall and much of the in-between.
His footing in electronic music has led to regular work with Squarepusher, Goldie and Matthew Herbert in addition to his own group Strobes and numerous remix and DJ spots internationally, whilst as a pianist and improviser Dan has found himself equally at home premiering works at contemporary music festivals worldwide as well as working in the jazz world with many innovative and visionary artists.
Sarah Nicolls is a UK-based experimental pianist, at the forefront of innovations in piano performance. Over the past years, Nicolls has worked with interactive technologies to augment the acoustic piano with visceral live performances.
Liam Noble studied music at Oxford University, and jazz at the Guildhall in London. He has played with musicians including: Stan Sulzmann, Anita Wardell, John Stevens and Harry Beckett.
Noriko Kawai studied at the Royal College of Music, London and the Academia di Santa Cecilia in Rome. She has given many recitals and broadcasts throughout the world and is well known for the extraordinary range of her repertoire from Renaissance composers to new music, and innovative programmes juxtaposing standard and contemporary works.
London based pianist and conductor Mark Knoop has commissioned and premièred many new works by composers including Michael Finnissy, Cassandra Miller and Matthew Shlomowitz. He performs with various ensembles including WeSpoke and Apartment House (London), and has conducted EXAUDI, Britten Sinfonia (UK), and London Sinfonietta.
Jamil Sheriff is the Curriculum Leader of the Jazz course at Leeds College of Music. As a performer Jamil writes and makes original music. He has played with artists such as Ingrid Jensen, Dave Liebman, Terell Stafford, Pete King and Henry Lowther.
Adam Swayne is a pianist and composer. He is a founding member of the Riot Ensemble and a lecturer at the Royal Northern College of Music. He studied with US pianist Ursula Oppens and is releasing an album of American political piano music on the Coviello Classics label in 2019.
Sheffield based Pianist Philip Thomas has commissioned new works from a number of British composers including Laurence Crane, Michael Finnissy, Christopher Fox, and Howard Skempton. He has performed with Quatour Bozzini, Toronto-based ‘Continuum’, and in duos with Mark Knoop and Ian Pace. Thomas is a regular pianist with leading experimental music group Apartment House.
Soloist, chamber musician and recording artist Richard Uttley is based in London. Having won the British Contemporary Piano Competition in 2006 he went on to become one of the first UK prize winners of the Yvar Mikhashoff Trust Pianist/Composer Commission prize in 2018 alongside composer Kate Whitley.
Cameron Ward is currently in his final year of study at Leeds College of Music as a jazz piano performance major. Throughout the last couple of years he has developed a passion and started to really find his unique musical voice in improvising through the guidance of world renowned improvising giants such as Lauren Kinsella and Mark Sanders.