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Listen London: First Impression

Listen London: First Impression

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  • By CHEN,BELLE
  • Release 17/11/2013
  • Media Format CD
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A Sunday morning. You have just made yourself a fresh cup of coffee. A familiar song comes on the radio and you stop. You let your thoughts wander back to that summer night down the coast. For the next few moments, sensations and emotions overtake you, as if you are reliving that night again. The gentle breeze, the laughter, the friends, the smell of cocktails, you can feel it all again! The final chord of the song strikes, and you linger a bit longer before being pulled back to reality. You proceed to continue your day, with a smile. Have you ever had such experience? Emotive memories and aural stimuli are closely associated; A particular piece of music or a series of sounds is enough to trigger memories and emotions from past events. Having arrived in London in 2011, I was immediately captivated by the sounds of this city; from the assault of emergency sirens on the street, the flapping of the ticket gates in underground stations, the momentary peacefulness in the parks, the eclectic mix of multicultural dialogues, and the bustling Friday nights. I became fascinated with London and it's people, and I wanted to capture specific and impressionable moments of London into 'time capsules' that I can recreate and share with others at any time, and at any place. As a classical pianist, I saw the potential to utilize my craft to create and share many different stories of London through performance. But that is not enough. I want London to also be a performer, and to speak directly to the audience. The result was the creation of Listen, London. Listen, London depicts the multiple facets of life in metropolitan London as heard by a classical concert pianist. The performance combines the traditional framework of classical piano recital with sound design constructed from recorded and sampled sounds captured in London. Sounds and music are integrated carefully to connote various narratives, presented in a series of sonic scenes, providing the audience a unique aural experience of the big city and it's occupants-from bustling streets to subdued offices, the morning commute to vibrant nightclubs in Soho, businessmen in city parks to immigrants in China Town. This EP is a condensed version of the live show, which was premiered at the 2013 Camden Fringe Festival (London, UK). The notes for individual tracks are as follows: 1. The Opening Francis Poulenc: Intermezzo No. 1 London: First impression. Sounds captured from: Oxford Street, Covent Garden, the British Museum, Piccadilly Circus, London Underground. 2. The Tree Jean Sibelius: The Spruce from Five Pieces for Piano, Op. 75 A tree celebrates it's 250th birthday. It is very happy that the sun has come up on this special occasion. "There comes Johnny with his ice-cream," "Tony and Julia are making out on the grass again," "George is eating a steak sandwich for lunch again... He really should watch his diet..., and that receding hairline... ," "Damn it, will Toby ever stop urinating on me!" The tree gazes afar, 250 years and counting. Sounds captured from: Regent's Park, Brunswick Square Garden, Russell Square. 3. The Gates Franz Liszt: Bagatelle sans Tonalité The journey history on his oyster card reads: 05/08/13 08:00 Finchley Road, 05/08/13 08:22 Bank; 05/08/13 17:30 Bank, 05/08/13 18:00 Finchley Road; 06/08/13 07:59 Finchley Road, 06/08/13 08:20 Bank; 06/08/13 17:34 Bank, 06/08/13 18:10 Finchley Road.... Sounds captured from: Covent Garden, Kings Cross St. Pancras. 4. Memories Breffni O'Byrne: Meditation on a Taiwanese folk tune An old Oriental man sweeps the floor outside an Asian grocery on Lisle Street. His frail frame carries a generation of sacrifice and compromise in exchange of a better life for his children. 5. Illusion Shui-Long Ma: Night Views of Rainy Harbour from Sketches of the Rainy Harbour In a Chinese restaurant near Leicester Square, with closed eyes. Sounds captured from: Locations near Leicester Square and Holborn. 6. The Lonely Man in the Bar Alberto Ginastera: Danza Argentines No. 2 "Dance of the Beautiful Maiden" Friday night. A man sits quietly in a bar; his heart screams. Sounds captured from: Locations around Southbank Centre. 7. Alberto Ginastera: Danza Argentines No. 2 "Dance of the Beautiful Maiden" (Live Performance) Featured Composer: Breffni O'Byrne (Ireland) Born in Ireland in 1988, much of Breffni O'Byrne's recent compositional output draws enormous influence from the ancient music of Ireland with a strong devotion to much of the expressionistic aesthetic that blossomed during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. He studied composition with Kevin O'Connell and Jonathan Nangle at the Royal Irish Academy of Music and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Julian Anderson. In late 2013, Breffni completed his MMus in Composition with Distinction under the tutelage of Prof. Simon Bainbridge and Christopher Austin at the Royal Academy of Music in London of which he was a Leverhulme Scholar. Breffni is the recipient of many awards including the Günther Bialas International Composition Competition Prize, the Priaulx Rainier Prize, the Jerome Hynes Composer's Competition Prize and the Feis Ceoil IMRO Award for Contemporary Composition. His music has been performed in both Europe and the United States by, amongst others, the Academy Symphony Orchestra under Yan Pascal Tortelier, CHROMA chamber ensemble, the ConTempo Quartet, the Jubliee Quartet, the Fidelio Trio, KIRKOS ensemble, Clifton Harrison, Midori Komachi, Alex Rolton, Diana Mathews and numerous pianists including Reinis Zarinš, Michael McHale, Fiachra Garvey and Máire Carroll. He has been commissioned by the Dublin International Piano Competition, the Symphony Orchestra of the Royal Academy of Music, Diaphonique and most recently, pianist Belle Chen for 'Listen, London'. About the Artist: Belle Chen (Piano/Sound-Design) "A bravado performance by the talented soloist" Bristol Post, Feb 2012. Having graduated from Royal Academy of Music (London, United Kingdom) in September 2013 with Master of Music in Performance with Distinction (under the tutelage of Professor Ian Fountain), Australian-Taiwanese pianist Belle Chen continued her quest to expand and challenge the musical horizons through both innovation and recontextualisation, while also performing as a soloist and chamber musician in traditional classical music contexts. Belle's performances have taken her to Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Taiwan, Spain, Italy, and China, presenting a diversity of programmes ranging from solo recitals, chamber music recitals, concerto performances to cross-platform collaborations with dancers, visual artists, and beyond. She draws her inspirations for projects from all types of sounds and music perceivable to the human ears, and as a pianist, her repertoire spans from the traditional canons of classical music to new and experimental music. Her festival appearances in recent years include: 2010 and 2011 Piano! Festival (Melbourne, Australia), 2010 Shanghai World Expo (China), 2012 Bloomsbury Festival (London), 2013 Camden Fringe Festival (2013), Teneriffe Festival, and the Queensland Youth Music Festival. Belle's performances have also been broadcasted by ABC FM, 4MBS, and Dateline (TV). Belle is the winner and recipient of numerous prizes and scholarships, amongst which include: Ruby C Cooling Prize (2007), Minnie May Bussey Scholarship (2007), Hilda Woolmer Accompaniment Prize (2009), Brisbane Women's Club and Yvonne Haysom Bursary (2009), and the QCGU Postgraduate Award (2010). From Royal Academy of Music, she received the Dominions Fellowship Prize (2011/12) and Helen Eames Prize (2012/13). Belle was an award finalist for 2010 Australian National Piano Award. She obtained her Bachelor of Music in Advanced Performance with Honours from Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University (Brisbane, Australia), where she studied under Oleg Stepanov and exited with Fred Ellaway Prize for the best graduating pianist and all piano performance prizes. With a continually expanding musical horizon and constant desire for musical challenges, Chen founded Heard Behaviour, an online platform that fosters experimental cross-platform collaboration between classical musicians, visual artists, and other performing artists, while presenting classical music in a way that is relevant to the people today. Belle also frequently appears with flautist Hannah Porter-Occena (USA) as the Occeña-Chen Duo. The Occeña-Chen Duo released their first EP 'New Beginnings: Australian and American Duos for Flute and Piano' in September 2013, which can be purchased on http://occenachen.bandcamp.com. Recorded at David Josewitz Recital Hall, Royal Academy of Music, London, UK in September 2013. Produced by Eito Music. Recorded and Engineered with the help of Roderick Buchanan-Dunlop, David Sleeman, and Peiman Khosravi. Mastered by Mark Smith for Real Productions (except Track 7). Photography by Burke Turner. With many thanks to the guidance and support of Burke Turner, Peiman Khosravi, Roderick Buchanan-Dunlop, Breffni O'Byrne, David Gorton, Neil Heyde, Ian Fountain, Joanna MacGregor, Roderick Chadwick, David Sleeman, Mark Smith, Kirsten Cowie, Olivia Geiser, Hannah Porter-Occeña, Mari Kawamura, Masahiro Yamagauchi, my family, and all my friends, colleagues, and supporters!

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Title: Listen London: First Impression
Release Date: 17/11/2013
Label: CD Baby
Media Format: CD
UPC: 888174392943
Item #: 1102429X
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