| Social Virtuosity with Eva-Maria Houben & friends

With Lara Agar (violin), Angharad Davies (violin), Isidora Edwards (cello), Finn Froome-Lewis (cello), Eva Maria Houben (piano), Dominic Lash (double bass), Hannah Marshall (cello), Artur Vidal (saxophone)


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Social virtuosity, a term coined by legendary vocalist and founder of FIG (Feminist Improvising Group) Maggie Nicols to denote the capacity for effective interpersonal interaction through music making, is what we are focusing on for the three concerts of this 5th season curated by Emmanuelle Waeckerlé.

Our guest for this concert is composer, pianist and organist Eva-Maria Houben (DE) the author of Musical Practice as a Form of Life: How Making Music Can be Meaningful and Real (Music and Sound Culture, 2019) in which she dwells on a practice of music which is relational and social. We have chosen three new works of hers that have all been written for and addressed to two of her UK based friends –  Artur Vidal and Dominic Lash. Three works that leave ample scope for personal interpretation and mutual agency between players, listeners, and the work.


3 new works written by Eva-Maria Houben for Artur Vidal, Dominic Lash and their friends.

dreaming legends – for saxophone (2019) for Artur Vidal
loose ties – originally for saxophone and piano (2022) for Artur Vidal and friends
the green that is almost a yellow – for strings (2022) for Dominic Lash and friends

followed by a discussion led by David Grundy and Emmanuelle Waeckerlé

Eva-Maria Houben also played at St James Garlickhythe (EC4V 2AF) on Friday 24th February 2023. All good things come in threes with EM Houben (organ), Huw Morgan (piano/organ), Artur Vidal (alto saxophone).

This is the 12th iteration of the concerts series after after Concept ventriloquy | Cage, Ellis, Oliveros, Reage (May 2022), Space ventriloquy |  Mike McEvoy, Plangency, Sea of Cables (March 2022), Seamus Cater & Alexander J. Ellis (February 2022), Parkinson Saunders (May 2021), Voice & Electronics with Sadd, Moore, Waeckerlé and Ziv (April 2021), Greg Caffrey (IE, March 2021), Marie Cécile Reber (CH, Feb 2020), Gildas Quartet (UK, Oct 2019), Marcus Kaiser (DE, May 2019), Stefan Thut (CH, April 2019), Jessica Aslan and Emma Lloyd (UK, March 2019). concert series

a collaboration with Harry Whalley, (bookRoom and the Audio Research Cluster at UCA Farnham,) around their common research in extended, textual, visual, gestural and object scores and ways to integrate or experience technology in text / music / film / performances. The project is supported by UCA research fund.