Performances across continents for Martin Suckling

Posted on 11 January 2018

Senior Lecturer Martin Suckling’s new string quintet receives its premiere in London, followed by the second US performance of his Clarinet trio Visiones (after Goya) in New York City.

Performing as part of the ‘Time Unwrapped’ series at King’s Palace on Friday 12 January, the principal players of the Aurora Orchestra will give the premiere performance of Emily’s Electrical Absence, Martin’s new string quintet, written in collaboration with poet Frances Leviston and scientists from the PETMEM consortium. The event focuses on the progress of memory and technology as they become more interlinked, and Suckling’s work explores the idea of music under pressure through fragments of Schubert’s String Quintet in C major.

Suckling’s clarinet trio Visiones (after Goya)will be performed in a celebration of UK contemporary music by New York-based ensemble Lost Dog New Music this Saturday 13 January. This will be the second US performance of the piece, in the final concert of Lost Dog’s mini-festival, ‘The UK Commotion’.

Martin Suckling talks about the idea Emily’s Electrical Absence, “Alongside the poet Frances Leviston, I’ve spent much of the last twelve months considering the topic of memory and exploring how the ideas and processes behind PETMEM technology might translate into musical possibilities. Frances has written a collection of five poems and I a four-movement string quintet, Emily’s Electrical Absence, to be interleaved between her texts. The memory of a crucial predecessor is woven into each of our works: for Frances, Emily Dickinson; for me, Franz Schubert.”

Tickets are available for an April performance of Suckling’s song cycle Candlebird, performed by the Aurora Orchestra.