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 ensemblebash.com
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