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ensemblebash Premiere Tour for Colin Riley’s ‘Rock Paper Scissors’

World-renowned percussion quartet ensemblebash are premiering Colin Riley’s showpiece ‘Rock Paper Scissors’ in February 2020.

Artists-in-residence at Guildhall School of Music and Drama 2018 – 2021, since their formation in the UK in 1992, ensemblebash has forged a reputation as one of the world’s most innovative and ground breaking chamber ensembles, using the music of West Africa as both core repertoire and a guiding spiritual influence, mixing contemporary classical, jazz and music theatre into unforgettable performances.

About his work, Colin Riley tells us;

‘Rock Paper Scissors’ a challenging showpiece for percussion quartet, incorporating startling contrasts of sonorities and virtuoso playing. From earthy drum sounds to toy instruments, junk, and glittering metal objects, it is a whirlwind of dance-grooves and colourful textures. The use of palindromes, things seen from different angles, puzzles, hidden melodies, multiple speeds, and sonic illusions are all there. Almost a sound-representation of the visual world of MC Esher. There are also stones, newspapers and pairs of scissors!

“I have wanted to write and out-and-out fast, groove-based piece for sometime. I’m perhaps known for lyrical and short quirky music, but ‘Rock Paper Scissors’unleashes something different; a full-on rhythmic spectacle.” 


further details at

Friday 7 February, 7.30pm
St. Catherine’s College, Cambridge

Tuesday 11 February, 7.30pm

Wednesday 12 February, 7.30pm
Gresham School, Norfolk

Friday 14 February 14, 7.30pm

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