From her humble beginnings playing piano while nobody else was in the family home, Sydney’s Sophie Hutchings has developed into a composer and performer of unique beauty and international renown.
Compared with the likes of Michael Nyman, Max Richter, Dustin O'halloran, Nils Frahm and other like minded composers, Hutching's has prompted much critical praise worldwide, with MOJO Magazine declaring her work as ‘stirring, vigorous, [and] grandly melodic”. Hutchings debut album was listed in that magazine’s Top 5 Independent releases and has continued to endure and impress since. Hutchings is subtly playful within the direct and emotive candour of her style, making for an open and surprising journey throughout. Balancing the beautiful fragility in her work with a deeper sense of urgency creates a striking charge to her performance with a compelling pulse that also encompasses a lightness of touch in parts making for many shades set within Hutchings’ beguiling vision.
Midori Hirano is a Japanese musician, composer and producer, born in Kyoto/Japan and now living in Berlin since 2008. She started learning the piano as a child, and this triggered what was to later see her study classical piano at university. Therefore her productions are based on the use of acoustic instruments such as the piano, strings or guitars, but yet experimental and an eclectic mixture of modern digital sounds with subtle electronic processing and field recordings.
She has released two albums on noble label. Her second, “klo:yuri”(2008), saw her further develop her sound, garnering critical acclaim from various media including TIME magazine , BBC radio and FACT Magazine. Over the following years Midori has performed live throughout Europe and Japan.
Her third album “Minor Planet” was released on sonic pieces in September 2016.
Jeremy Young (us) & Shinya Sugimoto (jp)
Jeremy Young is an American sonic artist, improviser and creative strategist living and working in Montréal, Canada. His creative work includes instrumental and electroacoustic composition for recording and live performance, reel-to-reel tape collage, sound-poetry and audio-visual scoring. His main interests as an artist lie in the analog treatment of surface-based audio (piezo mic'd objects and surfaces, manipulating tape and tone via texture and voltage) and promoting the notion that both the audio signal and the medium on which it is recorded, edited and played back, should equally contribute to the creation of a sonic narrative, an underlying principle of musique concrète. For this reason, Jeremy's live performances feature no digital equipment or processing. He has performed and released material throughout Europe, Asia, the US, UK and Canada.
Shinya Sugimoto is a composer, pianist and improviser based in Osaka, Japan. He alchemizes samples and improvisational piano phrases into a slow moving polyphonic texture, creating beautifully catastrophic soundscapes. Although largely based on contemporary classical music, his style crosses over immensely broad fields such as Hip Hop and Free jazz.
Ceeys are the Berlin-born, Potsdam-based brothers Sebastian and Daniel Selke, an instrumental duo performing an impressive hybrid of principally cello and piano, but also authentic electronic instruments from East Germany, the former GDR, combining this semi-antique gear with famous vintage analog devices from the former western bloc, as well as modern equipment. In addition, they integrate subtle handmade percussive sounds using the full acoustic potential of their classical instruments and processing it with numerous effects.
Altogether, they create a captivating balance of classical and jazz, pop and alternative, minimal and ambient — experimental but accessible music.
Their album and photography project, CONCRETE FIELDS, is a personal reflection on both growing up in the dreary landscape of Europe’s largest prefab estate Marzahn-Hellersdorf, Berlin, East Germany, and their first musical contact with chamber music as an original duo playing cello and piano in the edgy last decade of the GDR