薄井史織 & Shiori Usui

composer & performer

Deep – World Première!

Very much excited about the World Première of my new piece “Deep” on Sunday 27th April.
It will be played by BCMG and myself (vocal improvisation) with a brilliant conductor, Martyn Brabbins.
The piece will receive 2 performances in a day (Woooo!). The first concert will be at “Families @ 4″ from 16.00 and the 2nd concert will be from 18.30. The programme of the 2nd concert also includes Beckett/Feldman’s “Words and Music”, and Skempton’s “Only the Sound Remains”. Both will be at CBSO Centre, Birmingham.

Details can be found below;
Families @ 4: Click HERE
2nd Concert: Click HERE

 

Gauche the Cellist

I am having a lot of fun creating the work Gauche the Cellist, through a combination of live music, sound design and shadow puppetry with such a fantastic team of artists including the children from additional support needs at Saltersgate School, Dalkeith, Scotland, the musicians from Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and the shadow puppeteers from Vision Mechanics since late October 2013.  The performance of our work will be on Wednesday 12th March 2014, and we are so excited to be able to show our work to everyone!

Gauche the Cellist is generously supported by Creative Scotland’s Quality Production Arts Programme, Midlothian Council, Skoog Music, BBC Performing Arts Fund and the Ponton House Trust.

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Improvisation Gig at Risk in Birmingham!

Excited to perform with such a great line-up of musicians.

“In a weekend-long celebration of the unknown, we have invited an outstanding line up of thrilling, innovative musicians to Town Hall as a first step in a journey to explore risk.
We’ll have a rare all-night event, performances in the round and evenings where we expect some of the most unexpected music to be made.
Bring your ears along to this exploration of risk, improvisation, spontaneity and music created in the moment.”

Arve Henriksen trumpet, voicerisk
Melinda Maxwell oboe
Daniel Pioro violin
Sam Underwood electronics
Shiori Usui voice, piano
Ilan Volkov violin
Gail Brand trombone

Details:
Saturday 2nd November, 8pm
Town Hall, Victoria Square, Birmingham, B3 3DQ

RISK webpage

Crack Up and Free Improvisation Gigs in Birmingham!

Crack Up at 4 Square Weekender

Crack Up, the piece inspired by the sound of suppressed laughter,  was performed again last Sunday by Birmingham Contemporary Music Group at 4 Squares Weekenders in Birmingham.

I also had my Birmingham début for performing free improvised pieces with wonderful Melinda Maxwell on oboe.

 

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My friend Tom Butler has kindly created a podcast featuring my interview and music. You can have a listen to/download the podcast from HERE (http://www.cadencewhenidie.org/).

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Blog post about my new work Archimedes Lullaby performed in my most recent concert with wonderful Artisan Trio in Edinburgh. http://www.sco.org.uk/experience/blog/2013/06/seagulls-and-sound-worlds

In Digestion

A documentary about “In Digestion”, a music inspired by human digestion. Performed by fantastic A Far Cry in Boston, USA, filmed and edited by Debbie Dorsey.

“Crack Up” performed by BCMG & Stan’s Cafe Theater Company, Birmingham

Great performances of “Crack up” by BCMG & Stan’s Cafe Theater Company in Birmingham on 28th and 29th April.

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You can read about the music & listen to some audio examples here.

Awarded SCO Connect Fellowship!

Really looking forward to be working as a SCO Connect Fellow to be trained as a composer/animateur to work in various education and outreach settings. With a generous support from BBC Performing Arts Fund. Very exciting!

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Composer’s Residency at BCMG

I was awarded Sound And Music Embedded Composer’s Residency with BCMG (Birmingham Contemporary Music Group).
Really excited to be working with them!!

http://www.soundandmusic.org/projects/embedded-2013

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