Hall Two, Kings Place, London
Part of VENUS UNWRAPPED
Kaija Saariaho Je sens un deuxième coeur
Joanna Bailie New Work
Kaija Saariaho Vent Nocturne
Rebecca Saunders Shadow
Kaija Saariaho Figura (UK premiere)
Explore Ensemble celebrate the music of acclaimed Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho with a sequence including the UK premiere of Figura – a dazzling chamber music version of her renowned and theatrical clarinet concerto, contrasted with the dark, shifting sound worlds of Vent Nocturne, her solo viola and live electronics piece, plus her glistening, dreamy piano trio Je sens un deuxième coeur (I feel a second heart), which depicts material from her second opera, Adriana mater.
Accompanying Saariaho is Rebecca Saunders’ fierce yet beguiling piano etude Shadow, and a new work by leading composer and sound artist Joanna Bailie for ensemble and electronics.