Mark Knoop and DeciBells

Date - Saturday 23 March
9:00 pm The Cello Factory


Another London Ear late evening ‘cabaret-style’ concert, with the bar remaining open throughout. In this extraordinary performance Mark Knoop and Trond Reinholdtsen perform a fascinating and often bizarre, multi-media work by Reinholdsten, embracing everything from a grand piano to mechanical ‘toys’, set in a world of electronics and surreal video projection. The percussionists of DeciBells perform two world premieres: Kutterer’s Sangaree, with a strong Indian flavour, and Fondue by young composer Hollie Harding, one of two pieces of gastronomic interest – appropriately for a concert in a bar!! This is certainly a ‘concert with a difference’.

Trond Reinholdtsen (NO)
Faust, or the Decline of Western Music

Siegfried Kutterer (CH/DE)
Sangaree **

George Christiofi (GB)
L’Ame du Vin *

Hollie Harding (GB)
New work (LEF commission) **

Mark Knoop (London) is a pianist and conductor living in London. He studied piano at the Victorian College of the Arts in Australia, and in Europe. He has appeared throughout Europe, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Mongolia, USA, Canada and at festivals including the Transit, Ultima, Huddersfield, Spitalfields, Borealis, Lucerne, Spor, Melbourne, Adelaide, and the ISCM World Music Days. He performs with such groups as Plus-Minus, Ensemble Exposé, Letter Piece Company, Elision Ensemble, 175 East, musikFabrik and Apartment House. He has conducted numerous premières including works by Jason Eckardt, Bryn Harrison, Erik Ulman; and the Australian premieres of works by Elliott Carter, Hans Werner Henze, John Cage, and Michael Finnissy. He has worked with many respected composers including Peter Ablinger, Richard Barrett, Chris Dench, James Dillon, Michael Finnissy, Helmut Lachenmann, Liza Lim, Thomas Meadowcroft, Matthew Shlomowitz, Erik Ulman, David Young, and many others. Solo works have been composed for him by Chris Dench, Benjamin Mark, Chris Newman, and Dominik Karski. His recordings of music by John Cage and David Lumsdaine have been critically acclaimed.

DeciBells (Basel). The three members of DeciBells are all percussionists in the Basel Symphony Orchestra. They share a deep interest in other cultures, and have established a percussion trio with the express purpose of combining the conventional with the unexpected, the archetypical with the inventive. The trio had its debut at the 2008 Museum Night of Basel, Switzerland. They regularly collaborate with representatives of other cultural sectors, leading to richly varied concerts, performing with artists as culturally diverse as ethnoimprovisation artist Barni Palm (Bali/Basel), the Norwegian cult band ‘Fat Battery’, or Belly Dancer ‘Celestial Fatima’ (London). The trio also develops concepts for larger projects, such as workshops, or events spanning entire evenings. DeciBells has been invited repeatedly to the Percussive Art Festival in Warsaw, and performed with great public and critical acclaim at Borealis Festival in Norway, where they were also the Artists in Residence. Concerts in Europe and China followed and during the 2012 -2013 concert season DeciBells will be touring its extraordinary programme in the USA.

Tickets: £8 (£5 concessions) on the door