Artistic directors Roger Marsh, Anna Myatt and John Stringer
Black Hair at the University of Aveiro Portugal
(March 29 - April 2 2003)
At the end of March 2003 the ensemble travels to Aveiro for a three day residency as part of the Aveiro festival of contemporary music. They will workshop pieces by Portugese composers - students and staff of the University of Aveiro - and give a concert of music by Lisa Reim, Matthew McGaughey, John Stringer, Roger Marsh, Damien Harron, Gearges Aperghis and Iannis Xenakis.
Late Music Festival, York
Black Hair return to the Late Music Festival on March 20 2003, with a programme of chamber music by Takemitsu and SPNM shortlisted pieces by Kerry Andrew, Clive Wilkinson and Joanna Lee.
York Spring Festival of New Music (May 8-10
In May the ensemble are once again running workshops on pieces submitted by student composers from across the UK.
They will also give a lunchtime concert on May 10 of pieces by Lisa Reim, Matthew McGaughey, John Stringer and Roger Marsh.
Black Hair's final residency at Dartington College of Arts in May 2002 included a concert with four world premieres, by Damien Harron, Matthew McGauhey, Lisa Reim and Andrew Hamilton. Roger Marsh also dusted off his performance of 'Dum - a vocal percussive fantasy', which he last performed seven years ago, and the ensemble played Jo Kondo's quartet 'Gardenis' for clarinet, cello, piano and percussion.
At the York 'Spring Festival of New Music' in May, the group conducted workshops on four pieces submitted by young composers studying in the North. In a lunchtime concert Barrie Webb, John Stringer, Anna Myatt, Emma Welton and Catherine Laws presented solo, duo and trio pieces including a new work for solo oboe 'Signals' by John Stringer.
Next for Black Hair are a concert in the York Late Music Festival in
March 2003, featuring music by Takemitsu and works from the SPNM shortlist. In May they will appear again
in the York Spring Festival, giving workshops and presenting a full evening
concert. Other appearances are planned in Portugal and Arizona during
Black Hair takes its name from the Japanese ghost
story by the 19th century writer Lafcadio Hearn, upon which Roger Marsh based
his song of the same name. The ensemble was formed in 1995 to promote
new music and to perform some of the radical classics of modern music(Webern,
Varese, Stravinsky, Berio etc). Based in York its players are
all musicians who have studied in the region, many of them at the University
of York. Since September 1995 Black Hair have been 'Yorkshire
Arts Musicians in Residence', which means they are able to offer subsidised
concerts of contemporary music within the region. The ensemble appears
regularly at the York Late Music Festival, and has toured to Waterford, Birmingham,
Scarborough, Hull, Newcastle, Stockton, Alsager, and Dartington . In
November 1999 they were ensemble in residence at the Waterford Festival,
Ireland. In May 2002 they completed a third three day residency at
Dartington College of Arts.
Myatt:voice John Stringer: oboe/conductor
Sharon Lyons: clarinet
Barrie Webb: trombone Damien Harron: percussion Catherine Laws: piano
Emma Welton: violin Matthew McGaughey: viola Charlotte Bishop: cello Juan Pablo Correa: guitar
Roger Marsh: conductor
Roger Marsh firstname.lastname@example.org or John Stringer email@example.com
or write to: Black Hair
The New Rectory Everingham York YO42 4JA