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KATE HALSALL and many other artists

Pianist Kate Halsall conceived the idea of the Miniaturised Concerto as a new way to present two-piano repertoire in the context of the avant-garde, rock-fusion and electronic music of today. The result is five major 'concertos' and four works in the style of Maché (collages, or medleys, of new works by several composers ( see details below).

This is a totally unique sound experience which fuses classical art-music with the popular idioms and new techniques of perfomance and recording, involving many of Britain's top names in the worlds of DJ-ing, electronics and sound design.

An additional track not on the CD is the music-video Making Place by Katharine Norman. This can be purchased as a download HERE or streamed free for single viewing HERE



AUDIO SAMPLE: Colin Riley: Hanging in the Balance (extract)

dealer release date: 13 May, 2016





CD program:
Andrew Poppy:
Swimming with the Stone Book
(pianos, keyboard, electric guitars and bass, percussion)
Naomi Pinnock:
Always again
(pianos, percussion)
Philip Cashian:
(pianos, chamber ensemble)
Colin Riley:
Hanging in the Balance
(pianos, electronics)
Katharine Norman:
Making Place (video) see above to download

Maché 1: includes
works by Duncan MacLeod, Simon VIncent, Joel Bell and Ryoko Akama
Maché 2: Time and Place, by Dominic Murcott
Maché 3: includes
works by Leo Chadburn, Timo Tuhkanen, Emma-Ruth Richards, Matthew Rowan and Richard Perks
Maché 4: includes
works by Richard Glover, Helen Papaioannou, Ruta Vitkauskaite, Rowland Sutherland, Andrew Morgan, Fumiko Miyachi and Devon Tipp

review extracts: for full reviews click here

“The "What's new?" factor is foremost... Kate Halsall has done a fine job coming up with exciting new music and guiding the live performances to a satisfying fruition ... the results are stunning. The musical soundscapes-panoramas give us a sort of state-of-the-art window on ultra-post-modern-modern worlds. It makes for a beautiful listen. This set breaks ground and stimulates the musical ears in rather profound ways. I do not hesitate to recommend it highly. An essential offering for what, indeed, is new out there right now.” - Grego Edwards (Gapplegate Classical Modern Music)

“Halsall, a pianist, mixes genres; the album stems from a project started in 2012 exploring the traditional piano concerto in new ways. She uses two pianos, various electro-acoustical accompaniment, some jazz and rock instruments, and film. Halsall takes music and breaks it down into blocks to create something new, and writing about it is like breaking it down again; it is an experimental album full of new ideas, it's got a compulsive air about it.” – Jeremy Condliffe (The Chronicle Review Corner)

“ This highly unusual release includes two projects, as the CD title implies. The concerto disc is the yang to the yin of the Maché disc. Or, to suggest a more relevant com­parison, rock and roll versus jazz. The four concertos for double keyboards share a driving sense of rhythm and the sort of repetitive patterns associated with Minimalism. As a kind of aural decoration, these works are interesting, and even alluring. The Machés cover a much greater range of theatricality. In general, they flow at a much more leisurely tempo than the concertos, at moments rhapsodic, even dreamy ... a kind of broad experience, for those interested in stretching their listening experience into new worlds of sound.” - Peter Burwasser (Fanfare)

“The Metier Division of Divine Art always has something new to tempt adventurous listeners and so it is with a new release from this label. This is a totally unique sound experience which fuses classical art-music with the popular idioms and new techniques of performance and recording, involving many of Britain's top names in the worlds of DJ-ing, electronics and sound design. These are fascinating works that bring a myriad of unusual textures, colours and sonorities allowing the imagination to expand. I cannot imagine the performances being bettered. Pianists, Kate Halsall and Fumiko Miyachi deserve a special mention as the backbone of many of these performances. They are well recorded at various venues and there are useful booklet notes.” – Bruce Reader (The Classical Reviewer)

“The second disc – under the title Maché , in which seventeen short pieces are turned into “multi-composer remixed ‘concertos'”, including indeterminate aspects – provides much richer music. Maché 1 undergoes a lovely development from isolated pitches into a dense, complex electroacoustic soundworld, later emphasising electric guitar, finally becoming a kind of drone. Maché 4 is truly outstanding: resonant chords, dissonant but attractively so, punctuated with hugely powerful and exciting sweeps across piano strings.” – Simon Cummings (5 against 4)

Performers featured on the album:

Kate Halsall (pianos, keyboards)
Jeremy Barnett (percussion)
Joel Bell (electric guitar)
Martin Butler (piano, keyboard)
Leo Chadburn (piano, voice)
Marjolaine Charbin (piano)
Ruth Goller (electric bass)
Duncan MacLeod (electronics)
Robert Millett (percussion)
Fumiko Miyachi (piano)
Andrew Poppy (keyboards)
Lucy Shaw (upright bass)
Delia Stevens (Percussion)
Rachael Ueckermann (piano)
James Waterworth (electronics)