For some, classical music conjures up images of stiff tuxedos and stuffy auditoriums. But in recent years, local club venues like Greenwich Village's (Le) Poisson Rouge and Brooklyn's Galapagos Art Space have been relaxing some of the concert etiquette traditions. Audiences there may be dressed down in jeans and t-shirts and have a drink in hand while appreciating the likes of Arvo Pärt and Gavin Bryars. This trend is now spreading throughout the world, including in Bournemouth, England, home to the record label NONCLASSICAL.
In this July 21 performance at (Le) Poisson Rouge, NONCLASSICAL presents the pianist GéNIA and percussionist Joby Burgess (also known as Powerplant) performing works by John Richards, Matthew Fairclough, Karen Tanaka, Graham Fitkin, Javier Alvarez and last but certainly not least, the label's founder, Gabriel Prokofiev.
In addition to bringing some UK pride across the pond to NYC, this performance at (L)PR celebrates two recent NONCLASSICAL releases: GéNIA's Piano Book No. 1 and Joby Burgess' Import/Export. As a result of Prokofiev's mission to work outside of the box and his long-established partnerships with other musicians, Prokofiev's music is known for its unique and personal sound, while making use of everything from Bach to Bartok to techno beats.
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(L)PR’s Technical Director is Richie Clarke and this concert was mixed by Bill Bowen.
GéNIA opens the show with her set featuring works from her recent collaborations with composers, Gabriel Prokofiev and John Richards.
Gabriel Prokofiev: Sketch and Rockaby
John Richards: Prelude from Suite for Piano & Electronics
Gabriel Prokofiev: Side Dance
John Richards, arr. Max DeWarderner: Remix of Prelude from Suite for Piano & Electronics
Joby Burgess (Powerplant) takes the stage to perform Matthew Fairclough's The Boom and the Bap and Gabriel Prokofiev's Fanta from Import/Export
GéNIA reclaims the spotlight with Gabriel Prokofiev's Cold Wooden Window and Glass Swing.
Karen Tanaka: Techno Etude No. 1
Gabriel Prokofiev: Black Sauce and Fky House
Closing the program, Joby Burgess performs Javier Alvarez's Temazcal, Gabriel Prokofiev's Plastic Invasion from Import/Export and Graham Fitkin's Chain of Command.