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Brudenell Piano Sessions - Sunday 5 December
Brudenell Piano Sessions return to the Brudenell for another exciting event featuring a typically wide-ranging lineup of musical performers, including composer Ben Gaunt; singer-songwriter Caoilfhionn Rose; and an ensemble comprising a mixture of transcendent strings, loops, beats and intricate polyrhythmic piano lines led by Benjamin Fitzgerald.
Hosted & curated as usual by pianist & composer Simeon Walker, we are delighted to have been supported for this event by Leeds Inspired.
Leeds Inspired is part of the city’s cultural programme that celebrates arts events and projects throughout the year, supporting high quality, accessible cultural experiences for Leeds’ residents and visitors. Founded in 2012, Leeds Inspired supports culture in the city through grants schemes, commissions and a ‘What’s On’ events website. Leeds Inspired is part of Leeds City Council. www.leedsinspired.co.uk
Join us for another wonderful evening at the Brudenell, featuring a variety of excellent piano-based music from musicians based across the North. Doors at 6.30pm with music beginning at 7pm.
Ben Gaunt is a Leeds-based composer, pianist, and educator. His music has been performed around the world at major venues/festivals, by professional ensembles and soloists (including London Symphony Orchestra, Psappha, Ligeti Quartet, Carla Rees and others). His music was nominated for a British Composer Award in 2017, and an Ivors Composers Award in 2021. He is a principal lecturer at Leeds Conservatoire.
Caoilfhionn Rose (pronounced Keelin), is a singer, songwriter and producer who was born in Manchester, England, with family roots in Northern Ireland and Yorkshire (UK). Emerging from a diverse music scene, she ties together remnants of Manchester’s musical past with its evolving present. She has collaborated with musicians from around the world and is perhaps best known for her work with Vini Reilly of The Durutti Column Collaborating on four songs on the Chronicle LX: XL
Caoilfhionn released her sophomore album ‘Truly’ on Gondwana Records which was co-produced by Kier Stewart of The Durutti Column. It moves through a tapestry of curious musical inflections; nods towards folk, jazz, ambient, electronica and even a subtle influence of psychedelia. Rose’s song writing draws from a diverse palette of influences, including Building Instrument, Rachel Sermanni, Alabaster DePlume and Broadcast. Rose also professes to a love for beautiful, stripped back, piano based music, such as Dustin O’Halloran and label mate Hania Rani
Newcastle-born Benjamin Fitzgerald is a contemporary classical pianist and composer bringing together the worlds of contemporary classical, minimalist jazz, folk & electronica. Performing alongside his 6-piece ensemble, Fitzgerald utilises a mixture of transcendent strings, loops and beats, ethereal saxophone and intricate polyrhythmic piano lines, but has blended them together to create a melancholic, trance-like sound in order to create a truly captivating experience for his audience.
Following on from his previous commission with BBC Arts, looking into representing different forms of mental health through the medium of live composition, Ben released his first EP 'Ambedo' with the BBC Last year. This was followed by his stand-alone single release titled "The Cottage", which looked into the trepidations of lock down, and the need to find our safe spaces.
Leeds-based pianist & composer Simeon Walker has quickly emerged as a leading light in the burgeoning Modern Classical scene, following the release of Mono and Winnow, his two full-length albums to date.
Touring regularly across the UK and Europe, with notable performances at Latitude Festival (UK), Q3Ambientfest (DE) MicroPop Week (DE) & FAN Festival (PT), he has supported S. Carey, Sebastian Plano, Loscil, Marconi Union, Erland Cooper & Taz Modi, with his music receiving substantial radio airplay across BBC Radio 3, 6Music, KEXP & NeoFM and over 10 million streams from a worldwide audience.
His recently released second album Winnow received funding support from Help Musicians UK & PRS Foundation, and represents a clear and growing confidence in his work and practice.
With live performance a crucial aspect in his development as an artist, Walker founded and continues to curate Brudenell Piano Sessions, a regular live music event celebrating music created on the piano, held at Brudenell Social Club. This aims to provide an outlet for artists across a wide range of genres to present their work to an appreciative and supportive audience, at one of the UK’s most iconic music venues.
With a consistently growing loyal audience, Walker’s calm, introspective piano instrumentals invite the listener to find stillness and beauty as much in the spaces between the notes as the notes themselves, as musical stories are woven with each tender, intimate performance.
Sunday 5th December 2021
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