As part of our 2021 online City Summer Sounds festival, rarescale presents a kaleidoscopic programme of short pieces for woodwinds and piano, inspired by song and dance forms, and reflecting on the classical models of sonata, fantasia, serenade and ballade. City is delighted to welcome back ensemble founder Carla Rees (flute), who is joined by Ashley Myall (bassoon) and Aleksander Szram, pianist and visiting lecturer at City, University of London, performing recent music and premieres, including a new piece by Anthony Green derived from Szram's name.
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- John White, Piano Sonata no.180 (2018)
- Rob Keeley, movements from Serenade for Flute and Bassoon (2020)
- Anthony Green, Short Fantasia on the name Aleksander Józef Szram (2019) (WP)
- Robert Fokkens, Reaching, Falling (2016)
- Erika Fox, Remembering the Tango (1999)
- Volodymyr Runchak, Two pieces for solo bassoon
- Pedro Faria Gomes, Quatro Pecas (2001)
- Talia Erdal, Ballade for the Death of a Dove (2019)
- Robert Fokkens, Two Songs (2016)
Aleksander Szram specialises in performing music of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, and has released several albums of contemporary repertoire on the Prima Facie label, including the Piano Concerto by Daryl Runswick, Inner Landscapes (Douglas Finch), A Land so Luminous (Kenneth Hesketh), and the album Aztec Dances with the recorder player Jill Kemp. He has recorded for Nimbus with the flautist Wissam Boustany, and given premieres of works by Rzewski, Fujikura, Kittos, Gregson and Bedford, among others. As pianist in the ensemble Gemini, he has recorded three albums with Métier, including works by Jonathan Harvey, Sadie Harrison, Huw Watkins, Philip Grange, and the first recording of Mandala 3 by David Lumsdaine. As well as Gemini, Aleks works with Lontano, Continuum Ensemble, and rarescale. He has performed in more than forty countries over six continents.
A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, Ashley Myall is an active chamber musician regularly performing in groups throughout the UK and abroad. His quintet, the Atéa Wind Quintet, are double prize winners at the Carl Nielsen International Chamber Music Competition, Kirckman Concert Society Artists and Tunnell Trust award winners. Ashley is also a passionate advocate of contemporary music. As a member of rarescale, he frequently explores and performs new works for smaller ensemble, often in unusual combinations, such as Michael Oliva's An Autumn Regret, for Bassoon, Alto Flute and Electronics. He also tackles larger scale contemporary projects with the London Contemporary Orchestra, including a recent performance of Terry Riley's seminal minimalist work In C at the Barbican London alongside the composer. He has performed two works by Arvo Pärt with Endymion, the first joining forces with the Hilliard Ensemble and the BBC Singers for a live broadcast of Miserere on BBC Radio 3 and the second a performance of Passio at King's College Chapel with the Choir of King's College Cambridge. A keen teacher and coach, Ashley regularly leads chamber music classes and masterclasses at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire where the Atéa Wind Quintet are Associate Ensemble in Residence. He also teaches bassoon at Whitgift School, Croydon.
Carla Rees works at the forefront of innovation in low flutes, working to develop the repertoire for her instruments through research, performance and interdisciplinary collaboration. Her career incorporates chamber music, solo work, improvisation, telematic performance and recording, including a discography of over 20 CDs (including for NMC, Divine Art, Atopos and Capstone). Alongside her passion for low flutes, she also performs historical and contemporary repertoire on baroque flutes. She has premiered several hundred works, many of which are now published by her company Tetractys Publishing. She is Artistic Director of rarescale, with whom she performs regularly both in the UK and internationally, as well as a member of the Goldfield Ensemble and Duo NewFLow. She leads an innovative online music degree at the Open College of Arts and has taught masterclasses and workshops for flute players and composers at some of the world’s leading institutions, including the Royal Academy of Music in London, the Juilliard School in New York and USC in Los Angeles. Recent international performances include in Italy, Poland, the Netherlands, Costa Rica, Japan and Brazil www.carlarees.co.uk