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Bourne / Mainwaring / Karlsen + Ancient Infinity Orchestra
12th December 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm£3 – £5
Matthew Bourne is a recipient of numerous awards and accolades, and possesses an
inventive and unique artistic approach for: bringing infirm pianos back to life in Songs
From A Lost Piano, collaborating with classical musicians of the London Sinfonietta in
Written/Unwritten, the acclaimed solo piano album, Montauk Variations; and
reinterpretations of Amon Tobin’s work for Ninja Tune. Other projects include Radioland;
a live reworking of Kraftwerk’s Radio-Activity album (in collaboration with Franck Vigroux
& Antoine Schmitt), solo synthesiser album moogmemory; and Isotach, Bourne’s latest
piano & cello album for The Leaf Label. Bourne’s work has appeared on compilations by
Bonobo and Hot Chip, and recently featured in Paolo Sorentino’s lastest film LORO.
Bourne’s current musical focus is with pianist Keith Tippett – and are performing a series
of two-piano concerts together throughout 2019/2020.
James Mainwaring is a saxophonist and composer based in Leeds. Best known for his
work with the Mercury Prize nominated Roller Trio and Tipping Point who have been
described in the Guardian as “playful, dark, skilful and spontaneous… a surefooted trip
across many persuasions in contemporary music’.
Emil Karlsen is a young drummer/improviser based in Leeds. He is active on the
improvised music scene establishing himself as a new original voice. He is seen across
the UK with various large and small ensembles ranging from being a solo performer to
percussionist in the London Improvisers Orchestra, as well as being a busy performer he
also runs noumenon – a label for improvised music.
Ancient Infinity Orchestra:
As active participants in Leeds’ music scene, the inspiration behind the groups’ inception was to
distance itself from the perhaps overtly technical aspects of academic music and to find
expression in compositions inspired by elemental forces, social politics and devotional music,
whilst retaining a sense of joy and exploration through improvisations that run the gamut from
singing bowl and gong soundscapes to full band conversations; from a whisper to a roar.