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335: Metamorphosis and Transmutation with Elliot Galvin, Yshani Perinpanayagam + Kerry Yong

25 September, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

An Afternoon of Metamorphosis and Transmutation
with Elliot Galvin, Yshani Perinpanayagam + Kerry Yong
25 September 2021 at St John’s Leytonstone, midday to 2pm

Pay-What-You-Can entry (we suggest £10 adult, children free) on the door, subject to availability/capacity.

[NEW for 2021] Where possible, we recommend you reserve your ticket in advance and we appreciate you supporting the series this Autumn in these uncertain times.

This afternoon of metamorphosis and transmutation includes minimalist master Philip GlassMetamorphosis, an extract from Messiaen’s Catalogue d’oiseaux (Catalogue of birds’) and the sonic landscapes of jazz pianist and composer Elliot Galvin (‘A virtuosic, risk embracing one-off’ – The Guardian). Listen to the sounds that surround us: notes and harmonies plucked from creatures of the air, sky and earth.

Kerry Yong is a performer, composer and arranger based in east London. He trained as a pianist and now also performs on keyboards and electronics. He performs in groups such as Apartment House, Plus-Minus Ensemble and WeSpoke, and has appeared in many new music festivals including Audiograft, Borealis, Darmstadt Summer Course, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, LCMF, MaerzMusik, ISCM World Music Days, Ultima; in series such as Kammer Klang, Music We’d Like To Hear and NonClassical; on BBC Radio and recording labels Another Timbre and Wirripang.

His solo repertoire includes odd classical repertoire (such as the Alkan’s arrangement of Mozart’s D minor Concerto K 466 for solo piano), Messiaen’s complete Catalogue d’oiseaux, new compositions, and his own project Cover Me Cage: electronic arrangements of various prepared piano works by John Cage.

As a pianist, composer and music director, Yshani Perinpanayagam has performed at venues ranging from Wigmore Hall to the London Palladium, with artists from City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra to Nina Conti, and at events from Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival to the Oxford Lieder Festival. She is pianist of the Del Mar Piano Trio.

Yshani has premiered works including by Charlotte Bray, Joe Cutler, Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Gavin Higgins and Hannah Kendall.  As a composer herself, commissions include works for the London Sinfonietta, Sound and Music, Onyx Brass, the Musicians’ Union for all its members, and music for a play about Fanny Mendelssohn. Yshani was music director for triple-Oliver winner Emilia, Olivier-nominated Goat for Rambert Dance Company, for the Royal Shakespeare Company, and for Circa at the Barbican. Yshani recently made her presenting debut for BBC Radio 3.

Elliot Galvin is one of the rising stars of UK and European jazz. A superbly gifted composer and pianist based in London, with a maverick imagination and magpie like ability to blend a disparate world of influences into his own unique musical vision. His critically acclaimed trio have released 4 albums to date being named one of the 2018 albums of the year in both Downbeat and Jazzwise Magazine and his entirely improvised debut solo piano album was named The Guardian’s jazz album of the month, calling it “A virtuosic, risk embracing one off”.

He is also a key member of the mercury nominated band Dinosaur and plays with a number of internationally acclaimed musicians and bands including Laura Jurd, Binker Golding, Led Bib, Marius Neset, Mark Lockheart and others. As a composer he has been commissioned by a number of prestigious ensembles including the London Sinfonietta, Ligeti Quartet and St. John’s Smith Square and London Jazz Festival. As an audio artist he had a multi-disciplinary sound installation at the Turner Contemporary Gallery in 2014 and an upcoming installation as part of the 2020 Jerwood Encounters Fellowship.

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25 September, 2021
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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St John’s Leytonstone
High Road, Leytonstone
London, E11 1HH United Kingdom
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