Hanna Kulenty is a multi-award-winning composer, twice commissioned by the Kronos Quartet, and celebrated both in her native Poland and in her adopted home of the Netherlands. Her music sings a melody of its own nature, following a line through thickets of sound, carried along on pulsing currents, and has already provided inspiration for jazz improvisers. This tour will see the premiere of Smokey Eyes, written specifically for Noszferatu and the Schlippenbach Trio.
‘I will continue to sing her praises. What I have heard of Kulenty tells me of a headstrong experimenter with some powerful ideas about pounding on and rewarding a hearer’s senses….Her Second Piano Concerto is a knockout piece. Tell me about there not being any new composers.’ Los Angeles Weekly
Joe Cutler’s music has been described as ‘propulsive’ (BBC Music Magazine), ‘alluring’ (Scotsman), ‘neurotic’ (Re-Diffusion), and ‘the best thing to come out of Neasden since Twiggy’ (Gramophone). Alongside drive, energy and jazz-tinged harmonies, he brings a cheeky humour whether writing for sax or for string quartet and table tennis players.
Hans Koller is one of the UK’s finest jazz pianists and composers. His 2002 album New Memories was described by The Guardian’s John Fordham as ‘the most expansive, expressive and exciting new jazz orchestral sound to have emerged in this country since the late-lamented Loose Tubes.’ Since then, he’s refined his sound in projects with Steve Lacy, Evan Parker, Kenny Wheeler, Bill Frisell, Bob Brookmeyer, WDR Big Band and many others. ‘Reminiscent of Gil Evans at his impressionistic best.’ (All About Jazz)
Dave Price studied percussion with Stanislaw Skoczynski at the Chopin Academy, Warsaw, and at the European Percussion Academy at the Aix-en-Provence festival. As well as contemporary composition, Dave writes music for theatre, first with award-winning physical theatre company Gecko and now with the Royal Shakespeare Company. He’s worked regularly with singer-songwriter Gwyneth Herbert, pop group Aqualung, and folk stars Bellowhead among others. His composition Lee’s Game was short-listed for a BASCA Composers Award 2008. For this tour, Dave has composed Twitcher, for bird whistles, game calls and piccolo.
Finn Peters comes from a family of musicians, which can be traced back to the 1600s. One of the UK’s leading flute and sax players, his music has been profiled by the likes of Gilles Peterson and Mr Scruff, and his Quintet won the BBC Jazz Awards Best Band in 2007, whilst Butterflies won Radio 1 Worldwide Awards 2009 for best session. More recently, his ‘Music of the Mind’ project has explored new ways of generating music using electroencephalograms and Brain Computer Interfaces.