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Brudenell Piano Sessions goes from strength to strength, beginning the New Year with another event showcasing the variety of music being composed for and performed on the piano. This first event of 2022 will feature the contemplative, classical and intimate music of British composer Fiona Brice; an ambient, melody-driven acoustic performance of melancholic songs by Night Porter…the newest project from saxophonist/composer Emma Johnson & vocalist/composer Nishla Smith; and accomplished composer, producer and songwriter Joseph Lawrenson.
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 intimate and cosy evening at the Brudenell, as we continue to enjoy listening to the range and variety of music that the piano affords musical creation and performance. Doors at 6.30pm with music beginning at 7pm.
All government guidance towards Covid regulations will continue to be monitored in advance of the event.
Fiona Brice is a British violinist, pianist and composer whose music spans both contemporary classical and indie alternative worlds. A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music & King’s College London, she is most often recognised as a session musician and orchestral arranger, often gracing the stage with high profile rock/pop artists eg. Placebo, Elbow, Kelly Jones, John Grant, Ariana Grande, Liam Gallagher, Sam Fender, Florence & the Machine, Anna Calvi, Phoebe Bridgers. Her large-scale orchestral arrangements for collaborations with the BBC Philharmonic, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Heritage Orchestra and more have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4, BBC 6 Music and MTV Unplugged and performed at the BBC Proms. By contrast, her own music is contemplative, classical and intimate in style. Her debut album “Postcards From” (Bella Union 2016) was described as “visceral and brutally emotional” (Line of Best Fit) and was nominated for the Neptune Music Prize. Classical releases include “String Quartet No.1” (Bigo & Twigetti), and a 20-minute commission for chamber ensemble entitled “Scissors Paper Stone” for the Thesis/DRIVE Project (USA), broadcast by Mary Ann Hobbs on BBC6 Music recommends. Her work “Relationships for String Ensemble” was recently premiered by the London Mozart Players and 2022 will see two significant releases: a collection of ten “Piano Preludes” composed during lockdown, and the release of her ambitious new LP on Bella Union Records.
Night Porter is the newest project from saxophonist/composer Emma Johnson and vocalist/composer Nishla Smith. Both artists have released their respective debut albums to great acclaim in 2021 and have been exploring different sides to their songwriting and new ways of collaborating over the last couple of years.
They say "As Night Porter, we’re developing a new voice, blending our different musical aesthetics, and moving away from the traditional live jazz band sound to incorporate layering and electronic elements."
Night Porter's debut release, Spaces, a commission by Manchester Jazz Festival is due for release on the 17th January 2021, and features four songs and videos inspired by the outdoor settings that helped and inspired the pair during the pandemic.
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 16th January 2022