G Prokofiev Composer Residency with Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla begins
Gabriel arrived in Sevilla this week (17th April 2017) for rehearsals of his ‘Beethoven9 Symphonic Remix’, marking the beginning of his Composer Residency with Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla.
His 25 minute Symphonic Remix of the last movement Beethoven’s 9th Symphony was originally commissioned by John Axelrod in 2011, and Axelrod will conduct two performances in Teatro de la Maestranza in Sevilla on Thurs 20 & Friday 21 April. This audacious and dynamic work is based entirely on materials from the original Beethoven score, and it uses traditional theme & variation techniques as well as more contemporary ‘remix’ methods to create a very modern tribute to Beethoven’s masterwork. In this ‘remix’ the original choral part has been sampled and transformed into a live electronics part which will be performed by the composer himself for these performances.
New Collaboration with Leticia Moreno, Andrey Boreyko & Naples Philharmonic
30th March 2017 saw the world premier of ‘Olga’s Miniatures’ commissioned by Andrey Boreyko & Naples Philharmonic. Performed with great sensitivity and received with much warmth and enthusiasm from the Naples audience, this characterful work is made up of 4 miniature movements. It is inspired by several abstract paintings (Albers, De Kooning, Tobey, Nevelson) and a smile (Picasso, photo above) from Olga Hirschhorn‘s collection of miniatures (which is housed in the galleries of the performance venue, Artis Naples.
After the success of this first collaboration, Gabriel & Leticia plan to work together again in the near future, with Leticia keen to perform Gabriel’s other works for Violin & Orchestra, as well as plans to work on a violin + live electronics project.
Orchestral Debut with Detroit Symphony
Gabriel’s Saxophone Concerto, which was premiered last year in Naples Florida, is coming to Detroit for 3 performances by Detroit Symphony (who co-commissioned the work) on 24 & 25th March, with the incomparable Branford Marsalis returning as soloist alongside Russia maestro Andrey Boreyko who also conducted the premier. @ Orchestra Hall, Detroit, USA [info] The concert will be broadcast live from the DSO website at 8pm (EDT) on Friday 24th.
New Trumpet + Electronics collab with Alison Balsom
On 12th March 2017, ‘Broken Screen’, a new collaboration between Gabriel & trumpeter Alison Balsom was premiered in the Royal Albert Hall, as part of the Alison Balsom & Friends concert. This work pitched Alison, performing a demanding score of rapid syncopated motifs & moody lyrical lines, against Gabriel’s grimey analogue-synth basslines performed on a special Roli RISE49 rubber-coated controller & gritty beats and crunchy electroacoustic textures. This work is the beginning of a new series of works Gabriel is composing for Electronics & solo instruments, more performances to come later in 2017…
‘Dark Glow’ well recieved debut with Stuttgart Ballet
Gabriel’s score for symphony orchestra and live electronics, was composed in close collaboration with rising star choreographer Kasia Kozielska, and explored the theme of a society being seduced by new technologies. Featuring dark pulsing synthesisers and tough electronic percussion against swirling orchestral textures, and dreamy solos, it was the longest work on a quadruple bill featuring works by: Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui + Debussy, Marco Goecke + Weber, Maurice Béjart + Ravel. Sold-out for all 11 performances in February & March 2017. video trailer / SWR TV preview
When the City Rules – 22nd Sept 2016
A rapturous response from the Seattle public to Gabriel’s latest orchestra work at its world premier by Seattle Symphony conducted by Ludovic Morlot this Thursday in Benaroya Hall.
When the City Rules is a 25 minute symphonic exploration of contemporary city life which explores both the architecture and voices from the past, as well as the frenetic, technology led urban experience of the modern times. Perspectives shift from close-up and intimate moments featuring Cello, Flute, Trumpet, Saxophone & Harp Solos, through to powerful orchestral depictions of the city structures and landscapes.
Seattle Times journalist, Thomas May has written an in depth review in his blog: Memeteria [click here].
Seattle will give a total of 3 performances [Tickets here].
The work was co-commissioned by Seattle Symphony (supported by Norman Sandler and Dale Chihuly) & Real Orquesta Sinfonica de Sevilla, who will give the European premier on 22nd June 2017.
Concerto for Turntables No2 – world premier
10 years after his internationally acclaimed 1st Concerto for Turntables – Gabriel’s ‘sequel’ was premiered on 29th July 2016 in Porto.
Commissioned by the Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música, conducted by Baldur Bronniman & featuring world champion DJ Mr. Switch on Turntables, this 2nd concert was premiered in the Casa da Musica, and then given a second (outdoor) performance in the town square of Maia (suburb of Porto) to an audience of over 6000. This concert was the second in Gabriel’s artist in residence at Casa da Musica, and also included 2 movements from his Concerto for Bass Drum. After the premier, a late-night ‘nonclassical’ event in the Casa da Musica bar with Gabriel performing live remixes with the ‘Evandra Ianina’ violin duo. More info + video
Two Caprices for Violin & Orchestra
Standing Ovation for Nemanja Radulovic & Gabriel Prokofiev at world premier with OPPB & Fayçal Karoui in France, 22nd June 2016.
The four concerts of Gabriel’s Two Caprices for Violin & Orchestra (specially composed for the extraordinary virtuoso violinist Nemanja Radulovic), marked the end of his 2 year composer residency at Orchestre de Pau Pays de Béarn. In those 2 years Gabriel composed 5 new orchestral works for the OPPB, and developed a close relationship with the musicians and team. [more info & concert program here]
Interview on BBC Newshour
Nonclassical ‘Rise of the Machines’ series discussed LISTEN HERE
Sunday 21st Feb 2016, Gabriel is interviewed by James Coomarasamy on BBC World Service, about the upcoming Nonclassical ‘Rise of the Machines’ series of events, which will feature the UK premier of his Concerto for Trumpet, Percussion, Turntables & Orchestra, performed by Southbank Sinfonia, conducted by Gerry Cornelius, ft. DJ Mr. Switch (Turntables). more info coming soon at: www.nonclassical.co.uk – dates here:
WEDNESDAY 13 APRIL 2016: The Victoria, Dalston
Tom Richards // Ensemble x.y // Dead Fader
THURSDAY 14 APRIL 2016: venue TBA
Panel discussion on the rise of machines in music
FRIDAY 15 APRIL 2016: Ambika P3, University of Westminster, Baker Street, London
Orchestral night with SouthbankSinfonia including:
Gabriel Prokofiev – Concerto for Turntables, Trumpet, Percussion & Orchestra (UK Premiere)
Aphex Twin – Cock Ver.10 (arr. Stefan Freund) & Blue Calx (arr. Caleb Burhans)
Larry Goves – new work & more to be announced…. // + Nonclassical DJs
Debut SAXOPHONE CONCERTO for BRANFORD MARSALIS – coming in March
Gabriel recently finished his new saxophone concerto for Branford Marsalis, slated for premiere in Naples, Florida on March 17-18, 2016. Co-commissioned by the Naples Philharmonic and Detroit Symphony, the concerto will be performed by Marsalis and the Naples Philharmonic in a concert entitled Star-Crossed Prokofiev alongside “Romeo and Juliet” suite written by Gabriel’s grandfather Sergei Prokofiev. [info here]
Gabriel is thrilled to write for Marsalis, who is also acclaimed for his genre-bending work traversing multiple musical realms. A recipient of the NEA Jazz Masters Award, Marsalis has collaborated with artists ranging from Miles Davis and Dizzy Gillespie to Sting, The Grateful Dead, and Spike Lee. Detroit Symphony will premiere the work in Spring 2017.
19th September 2015: VIENNA REMIX
@ BOZAR, Brussels // performances: 19:00, 21:00, 23:00
This post-modern / de-re-constructive project: ‘Vienna Remix’ will feature original movements from two Viennese Classics: Webern’s Five Movements for String Quartet, and Mozart’ss Piano Quartet no.1 which will be answered by genre-breaking Remixes from Gabriel Prokofiev & Beni Giles of the Nonclassical Remix Collective. The Remixes will be performed by Gabriel Prokofiev on Electronics with musicians from EUYO, who will be remixing live, the original repertoire they have just performed. They will be joined on stage by dancer/choreographer duo: Tiran Willemse & James McGinn. The program will climax with a DJ + ensemble improvisation, and ends with an unexpected remix of a celebrated ‘unfinished’ Viennese favourite.
part of: BOZAR MUSIC OPENING NIGHT 19:00 > 02:30 /// MUSIC – INSTALLATIONS – CLUBBING (AT 23:30 WITH ZUKUNFT)
May-June 2015: Violin Duos & Ballet debut in China //
Retorica Violin Duo are touring China in May 2015 performing Gabriel’s Violin Duo No1 (which they commissioned in 2014) at their recitals in 7 major concert halls around China // AND // Richmond Ballet are reprising ‘Swipe’ by Val Caniparoli which uses music from Gabriel’s String Quartets + Remixes for their 5 date tour of China.
RETORICA TOUR OF CHINA
22 May Dalian Theatre, Dalian
23 May Shandong Grand Theatre, Jinan
24 May Shanghai Daning Theatre, Shanghai
26 May Chateau Star River Conference Center, Taiyuan
29 May Jinchang Grand Theatre, Jinchang
31 May Nanjing Culture and Art Centre, Nanjing
1 Jun Tianjin Grand Theatre, Tianjin
RICHMOND BALLET CHINA TOUR 17 May – 1 June 2015
– National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing
– Dezhou Grand Theatre
– Shenghui Grand Theatre, Jina
– Shanghai Grand Theatre
BAYADERE – The Ninth Life /// SOLD-OUT at Royal Opera House
Gabriel’s new collaboration with celebrated choreographer Shobana Jeyasingh is on at the Linbury Theatre @ the Royal Opera House: for 4 nights: 25-28th March 2015. SOLD OUT, but returns available. Then it goes on tour, returning to London on 6th May 2015 @ Watford Palace Theatre. Bayadère – The Ninth Life, is Shobana Jeyasingh’s thought-provoking, personal response to the classic 19th century ballet: La Bayadère. Gabriel Prokofiev’s electroacoustic music was created by processing & re-composing recordings of the Minkus score from the original ballet, punctuated by the text of 19th century dance critic Théophile Gaultier (read by Ben Lloyd-Hughes) & piano, strings + percussion. A brilliant insight article about the work can be found on the Royal Opera House website click-here.
NEW ALBUM // OUT AUGUST 2014 //
// GABRIEL PROKOFIEV
Selected Classical Works 2003-2012
Featuring: The Elysian Quartet // The Heritage Orchestra & DJ Yoda // Peter Gregson // Powerplant // GéNIA
The album, released as part of the year long celebrations marking Nonclassical’s 10th anniversary, includes the complete recordings of Gabriel Prokofiev’s String Quartet No.1 and String Quartet No. 2 performed by the Elysian Quartet as well as all four movements of Cello Multitracks performed by Peter Gregson. Gabriel has also chosen two movements from Concerto for Turntables & Orchestra performed by The Heritage Orchestra ft. DJ Yoda (ii Adagietto ‘Irreguluv’-75BPM // iii Largo Pesante-Allegro-Largo ‘Malmo’-62/125BPM), a selection of four pieces taken from Piano Book No.1 as performed by GéNIA (Clock Watt // Entrance // Rockaby // Black Sauce) and finishing with Voyage II Engine Multiplier taken from Import/Export performed by Powerplant.
The front cover of the CD shows the composer at the window of the building in London where he has composed all of the works on this album and where he has based his recording studio for the last 12 years.
AVAILABLE on CD & download DIRECT from Nonclassical RECORDINGS:
And from itunes, and all decent record shops.
G Prokofiev Violin Concerto No1 ‘1914’
WORLD PREMIER & TOURING with soloist: Daniel Hope
// 31 Aug 2014 //
World premier from BBC Proms – broadcast on BBC4 TV –
Violin: Daniel Hope // Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic / Conductor: Sascha Goetzel
State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia / Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski
// 13 Sept 2014 // Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, Moscow – info/tickets
// 15 September // Tyumen- Tyumen Philharmonic concert hall
// 16 September // Chelyabinsk- Glinka Theatre of Opera and Ballet
// 22 October 2014 //
Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg / Conductor: Sascha Goetzel
Salle de Concerts Grande-Duchesse Joséphine-Charlotte, Luxembourg
VIOLIN CONCERTO REVIEWS:
Several very positive reviews of world premier of G Prokofiev Violin Concerto ‘1914’, performed by Daniel Hope & Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic under conductor Sascha Goetzel at the BBC proms 29th July 2014:
THE TIMES (4 Stars): “…the sheer dislocating bitterness of the writing, both for Daniel Hope, the superb soloist, and for the orchestra…it’s the best thing Gabriel Prokofiev has written.”
THE INDEPENDENT (4 Stars): “the programme for this work is indeed specific, including savagery, shell-shock, and sardonic imperial marches: the rationale is pure Shostakovich, though more literal. Daniel Hope, the instigator of this work, played its stratospherically high solo part with flawless accuracy.”
THE GUARDIAN (4 Stars): “One work, however, stood apart. Daniel Hope was the soloist in the world premiere of Gabriel Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No 1 “1914” – an ambitious depiction of Europe’s descent into war. It contained some startling effects. The BIPO sounded good in it, and Hope impressed by playing atrociously difficult music from memory.”
THE DAILY TELEGRAPH (4 Stars) calls the whole concert “Superbly rich”, writing of the Prokofiev, that “it created an extraordinary atmosphere, at once sombre, tender and surreal”.