Date: 1 May 2009 - 19:30
End Date: 1 May 2009 - 21:30
  • Steve Bingham - violin, electric violin and live looping. Special guest: Brenda Stewart - violin/electic violin
Event details:

A solo concert by internationally renowned violinist Steve Bingham.

Described by The Independent as "This extraordinary performer" Steve will play music from Bach to The Beatles on violin and electric violin, plus live looping: A technique where Steve records his playing live and uses the resulting 'loops' to build up complex and ingenious arrangements!

This is truly a violin recital with a difference!

Entitled "Ascension" the concert will consist of Steve's trade mark eclectic mix of music: There'll be solo Bach and multi-tracked Telemann and Pachelbel for a baroque touch. Unaccompanied Piazzolla, alongside traditional and not-so traditional folk music from Scandinavia, Eastern Europe and Ireland. World premieres of a new looping piece by Derek Paice and a new arrangement of 'All Along The Watchtower' (Bob Dylan) by Phil Toms, plus performances of pieces written especially for Steve by Andrew Keeling and Laurie Dunkin-Wedd. There will also be some of Steve's own arrangements of works by Philip Glass, George Harrison, Yes and Coldplay.

Alongside Steve and a violin on stage, there will also be a 4-string electric violin, a 5-string electric violin, a laptop, midi pedals, a bass pedal unit and a child's bicycle horn! There'll also be a guest appearance by violist Brenda Stewart in both a piece for two electric violins and a novelty item for 2 players, 2 bows and only 1 violin1

Steve Bingham studied violin at the Royal Academy of Music and in 1985 he formed the Bingham String Quartet, an ensemble which has become one of the foremost in the UK, with an enviable reputation for both classical and
contemporary repertoire. The Quartet has recorded numerous CDs and has worked for radio and television both in the UK and as far afield as Australia. The Quartet is also known for it’s many performances of new works by some of the best young composers in Britain. Steve has given solo recitals in the UK, America, Europe and the Middle East and his concerto performances have taken him to venues as prestigious as St. Johns’ Smith Square and the Royal Albert Hall.
In recent years Steve has developed his interest in improvisation, electronics and World music, collaborating with several notable musicians including guitarist Jason Carter and players such as Sanju Vishnu Sahai (tabla), Baluji Shivastrav (sitar) and Abdullah Ibrahim (piano). Steve’s debut solo CD “Duplicity” was released in November 2005, and has been played on several radio stations including BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM. His second solo CD entitled “Ascension” was released in December 2008.

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