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Brudenell Piano Sessions: Garreth Broke
22 Sep 2019 7:30pm
Following a years' worth of varied, diverse and intimate events, Brudenell Piano Sessions return for an autumnal show, featuring two British composers, Garreth Broke & Theo Alexander who have been honing their skills in Europe, living and working in Frankfurt and Prague respectively. They return to the UK to present their work to a new audience here in Leeds, alongside the excellent Leeds-based vocalist Nel Begley.
As ever, Simeon Walker will open the evening, with doors at 7pm and a pay as you feel entry. With it being a Sunday evening, we'll be all finished by 10pm at the latest. More details on the artists below:
Garreth is a pianist and composer from Wales in the UK. Although trained to play classical piano, he developed an interest in writing his own music from an early age, initially to avoid practicing
what he was supposed to, but increasingly it became a way of escaping from the crisis that enveloped his family when his severely depressed mother attempted suicide.
Now heavily involved in the contemporary classical scene, Garreth regularly releases music with 1631 Recordings / Decca and runs the charity sheet music project Upright Editions, a collaboration with many other artists including big names like Michael Price, Oscar Schuster, and Danny Mulhern as well as rising stars like Simeon Walker, Sergio Díaz de Rojas and Philip Daniel.
Garreth's new album Healing, a collaboration with the German contemporary artist Anna Salzmann, will be released by 1631 Recordings / Decca in October 2019. A musical response to 11 abstract art pieces by Salzmann, the pieces that make up Healing are by turns tender, melancholy and ultimately redemptive. Designed to be performed live with an accompanying art projection featuring the 11 art pieces, the Healing album is unique, innovative and profoundly moving.
The Healing project is one of several collaborations with Salzmann, including 2019's uplifting Dance EP, 2017's acclaimed album Another Turn: Collected EPs, and 2016's Coping Mechanism, aheart-breaking exploration of the complex grief after losing a loved one to suicide.
"Garreth has an irresistible power to create unique moments in music" - Sonoroscape
"Lovely... genuinely uplifting" - Stationary Travels
"A joy to keep up with" - Piano & Coffee Co.
Composer and vocalist Nel Begley's aim is to find truth and connection though music. Currently performing within a number of projects that focus on jazz and improvisation and and encouraging others to find freedom through teaching and leading workshops.
This recent solo venture is a chance to share her songs as purely and naked as they were written.
Theo Alexander is a composer and pianist from London, UK whose work melds the melodic sensibilities of contemporaries such as Peter Broderick and Nico Muhly with the rich textures of Grouper and William Basinski.
Theo utilises a cassette four-track to create intricate loops that are manipulated alongside the piano, an approach that channels 20th century minimalism and contemporary drone music at the same time. Having played in noise and doom metal bands in the early 2000s, Theo began composing seriously in 2015 and self-released five albums over three years that ranged from piano improvisations, to tape loop experiments, to atmospheric string ensembles and haunting minimalist compositions.
Following a decade working as a musician, UK-based pianist & composer Simeon Walker has quickly emerged as a leading light in the burgeoning Modern Classical scene in his own right, following the release of his first EP Preface and his debut full length album ‘Mono’.
In addition to founding, curating and hosting Brudenell Piano Sessions, he has performed extensively across the UK and on tour in Europe, most notably at Latitude Festival & Q3Ambientfest. He has received substantial radio airplay across BBC Radio 3 & 6Music, and collaborated with numerous musicians and performers around the world whilst working on a follow-up album.
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.
Please check times with event organiser for any last minute changes.
This event is Pay As You Feel. Any donations are very appreciated.
The Brudenell Social Club welcome deaf and disabled customers to the venue. Venue AccessBrudenell social Club has step free access from the entrance to the viewing platforms of both gig rooms. There is also a newly installed accessible toilet, which is accessed via a RADAR key. Bookable Access Facilities + How to ApplyPersonal Assistant ticketsWe offer a Personal Assistant ticket to any customer who may not be able to attend a show without the support of a PA. if you require a PA ticket, please give us an email or call to discuss your requirements. We will then confirm this ticket via email. You will be asked to provide evidence for the PA ticket to be issued Accessible viewing areaIf you require use of the viewing platforms and/or a seat, please let us know in advance where possible, to ensure we are aware of your access needs Accessible parkingThere is parking available at Brudenell Social Club. We do not have specific accessible parking bays Travel Guide and Arrival GuideTaxis can drop customers off within our car park, right outside our front door. Our nearest train station is Burley Park, which is 850 metres away. Leeds Station is also nearby, at 3080 metres away. Our nearest bus stop is 120 metres away from our front door, and is served by the 56 route to and from Leeds City Centre/train station The Brudenell is open from 12pm, and the gig rooms tend to open from 7:30pm as standard, door time is usually printed on the ticket. If you require early entrance into the venue as part of your access requirements, make yourself known to our door staff before doors (7:20pm), who will be able to help. ToiletsAt the Brudenell we have one accessible toilet, which is situated 30 metres from the main room viewing area and 16 metres from the Community room viewing area. Customers with Medical RequirementsThe Brudenell welcome customers who may need to bring medication, food, drink or medical equipment to manage a medical condition. We may be able to keep medication refrigerated for you, so just let us know in advance and we will do our best to accommodate. You'll need to contact us in advance should you need to refrigerate and medicine. Assistance DogsWe welcome assistance dogs into the venue and will happily provide a bowl of water if needed. However, not all events are suitable so please contact us before hand. We may be able to offer a location where the dog could stay during the gig, but please get in touch to discuss this further. Strobe LightingWe do not have strobe lighting at the venue, but from time to time bands may bring it with them, in the event this happens, signs will be on display on the evening, please get in touch if you have any concerns. Other Info (e.g. assisted performances)At present we do not offer any assisted performance options, but this is something we are exploring. We do not have any lowered bars at the moment, but our staff are willing to help in any way they can Large Text / Easy To Read GuidesA printable copy of this information can be downloaded in PDF format here. An easy to read menu with our standard drink prices can be viewed here. Attitude is Everything We are working with Attitude is Everything and have been awarded silver on their Grassroots Charter of Best Practice. Attitude is Everything recruit Mystery Shoppers and Volunteers, so do contact them if you are interested. Contacting UsIf you need to contact us with a venue access query please contact: Jilly Chattenjill@brudenellsocialclub.co.uk0113 275 2411 (during office hours only, 10am-6pm) Response time will be a maximum of 5 days, email is best line of contact. Please be aware that if your request is for a PA ticket, please use the email address above, we need at least two weeks in order to process these sorts requests.
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