Nonclassical ‘Rise of the Machines’ returns to London | 18th March 2018
‘Rise of the Machines’ returns as Nonclassical explores the influence of computers and artificial intelligence on music. Featuring a 30-piece orchestra, conductor Jessica Cottis and Nonclassical DJs, this experimental classical club night will showcase the world premiere of Concerto for Drum Machines and Orchestra, bringing the sounds of dance music and hip-hop to the classical world. Gabriel will perform during the night as DJ. Rise of the Machines #2 will take place at Village Underground, London on Sunday 18th March 8pm.
(Photo © Nick Rutter)
ZOFO premieres Robert Fry ‘Untitled Etching 3’ in USA | 27th Jan 2018 (World Premiere)
American piano duo ZOFO (Eva-Maria Zimmerman and Keisuke Nakagoshi) gave the world premiere of Gabriel Prokofiev’s ‘Robert Fry Untitled Etching 3‘ on 27th January at San Francisco Conservatory of Music, as part of their groundbreaking multimedia project ZOFOMOMA. For this project, Gabriel (alongside other composers from all corners of the globe) was asked to select ‘a painting that represented his culture as a springboard to the creative process.’ He chose Robert Fry‘s painting ‘Untitled Etching 3‘ for its “rich character and intrigue”. ZOFO will perform this work across the USA, in venues including National Sawdust in New York, University of California at Davis, & Tuscon Museum of Art, Arizona.
(Photo © Robert Fry ‘Untitled Etching 3′)
Gandini Juggling presents ‘Spring’ in Cambridge | 7th Feb 2018 (World Premiere)
Gandini Juggling and Alexander Whitley Company join forces to perform their visually arresting new work, ‘Spring’. This cutting edge work is ‘a kaleidoscopic, colourful and virtuosic production and a philosophical reflection of the nature of colour and how we perceive it, combining dazzling circus skills with gorgeous choreography.’ ‘Spring’ will be performed to original music composed by Gabriel, with the World Premiere taking place at Cambridge Junction on 7th February.
(Photo © Martin McLachlan)
G Prokofiev ‘nonclassical’ debut in Istanbul @ Borusan Music House | 16th Dec 2017
Gabriel will be presenting the Turkish premier of Cello Multitracks & ‘Howl’ at the Borusan Music House, Istanbul this Saturday 16th December, along with very talented Turkish cellist, Çağlayan Çetin from Borusan Philharmonic Orchestra. Also performing in the night is nonclassical label-mate: Klavikon performing his Turkish debut. The night will end with a DJ-set from Gabriel.
Saturday 16 December 2017, doors 8:30pm, live music from 9pm
@ Borusan Music House, Istanbul, Turkey [info]
Sound UP festival present the debut portrait concert of Gabriel Prokofiev – Moscow, 4th Dec ’17
SoundUp Festival will present a full evening concert of a selection of Gabriel’s orchestral and chamber music. The program will include: Concerto for Turntables and Orchestra performed by the New Music Studio Ensemble and the No1 Russian Turntablist: DJ Tactics, (who has performed on stage with the likes of Snoop Dogg and Diplo), Cello Multitracks with Cellist Boris Andrianov, Russian premiers of String Quartet No2, Spheres and more…
4th Dec 2017 @ 20:00 The Palace of the Unions, Bolshaya Dmitrovka St, 1, Moscow, Russia.
G Prokofiev Polish Debut – Szczecin, 21 Oct ’17
Gabriel has been invited to present his chamber music, live remixes & electronics at the SOUNDLAB series of the Filharmonia Szczecin. Program will include: Concerto for Turntables No1 performed by world champion Turntablist Mr. Switch (in 3-deck version without orchestra), String Quartet No.1, Cello Multitracks & Howl! featuring musicians from Filharmonia Szczecin, with DJ-sets & live remixing from G Prokofiev. Saturday, 21st October 2017, 19:00 @ Filharmonia Szczecin, Szczecin, Poland [info]
World premiere of new Charlotte Ginsborg film ’22:22’ scored by G. Prokofiev
Saturday 14 October 2017 6:30pm @ BFI, Southbank Centre, London, as part of the London Film Festival. A fantastical documentary about Tom Sietas, world record breaker for Static Apnea. Gabriel composed two new piano pieces specially for the film, which were recorded by Ukrainian pianist Génia and then electronically re-worked to complete the score, and choreographed to by Kiril Burlov (Rambert Dance). [info]
Concerto for Turntables No1 – RUSSIAN PREMIER, 6th Oct2017
On 6th October 2017, Gabriel’s well travelled Concerto for Turntables No1 (2006) finally received it’s Russian premier at the opening concert of the Eurasia Festival in Yekaterinburg, performed by Ural Symphony conducted by Dmitry Lisa with Mr. Switch as soloist. Greeted with a standing ovation the concert was simultaneously video streamed to 28 towns in the Sverdlovsk region. On the following night Gabriel presented a ‘Nonclassical Night’ in the Dom Pechaty (Print House) night-club with the symphony’s resident string quartet and principal Cellist performing chamber works and live remixes by Gabriel, plus special DJ-set from Mr Switch. [press: Ural-Meridian | EA News ]
5-7 October: ‘STRINGS’ Premiers in Seattle
5-7 October 2017: World premiere of ‘Strings‘ by BANDALOOP with new music by G. Prokofiev. Ground-breaking contemporary dance with ropes and strings from Bandaloop with a specially commissioned score by Gabriel Prokofiev created from processed samples of sisal string, 80s analog synthesizers, vintage drum machines and cellos.
@ Meany Center for the Performing Arts, Seattle, USA [info]
5th Oct- 5th Nov: ‘Seoullo’ new site specific work for Seoul Biennale of Architecture
5 October – 5 November 2017, A New site-specific work composed by Gabriel Prokofiev, will be available to anyone within the GPS coordinates of the Seoullo botanical pedestrian bridge via the Musicity App. Commissioned by Musicity for the Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism with support from British Council Korea, Seoul Metropolitan Government, Seoul Design Foundation, among others: 3 UK composers & 4 Korean composers have created 7 site-specific works for significant locations in Seoul. Gabriel’s work is an analogue synth composition for headphone listening while walking, with percussion made from the branches & leaves from some of the species of trees & plants found on the Seoullo bridge (Seoul’s answer to New York’s High-Line).
@ Seoullo 7017, Seoul, South Korea. [more info]
Gabriel Prokofiev awarded ‘Honorary Fellowship’ by Goldsmiths
20th July 2017 – Gabriel Prokofiev was awarded an ‘Honorary Fellowship’ by Goldsmiths College, University of London for achievements in the field of music, as “an inspirational individual who has the potential to act as a champion or supporter for the university”.
Wonderfeel Festival, Holland
22nd July 2017 – Wonderfeel Festival, Holland
Nonclassical’s debut club-session at this mainly acoustic, classical only festival featured serious-listening contemporary classical through to a hard-dancing silent disco. Gabriel performed live electronics & DJ sets alongside performance by Julian Elvira (Pronomos Flute & Sub Contrabass Flute) and the Loebyk Violin Duo (Maria Bykova & Guilherme Marques, giving dutch premier of Gabriel’s Violin Duo), as well as the DJ re-match between Gabriel Prokofiev and Classical Rave founder: Brendan Van Walsh.
Wonderfeel in 60 seconds:
Malta International Arts Festival
8th July 2017 – Malta International Arts Festival, St George’s Square, Floriana, Malta.
Gabriel made his Maltese debut with two premier performances at MIAF…
Performed on this intimate stage were Gabriel Prokofiev’s Cello Multitracks, featuring Christopher Greenhalgh on cello, as well as his Concerto for Turntables, with soloist DJ Mr Switch (three decks version). Gabriel featured as DJ and live-remixer, and closed the night with back-to-back DJ-set with Mr Switch.
When The City Rules – Sevilla
22nd & 23rd June 2017 – Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla will perform Gabriel’s Symphonic urban fantasy When The City Rules in Teatro de la Maestranza in Sevilla, conducted by John Axelrod. ROSS & Axelrod co-commissioned the work along with Seattle Symphony, and they will perform the extended version (29 minutes) for the first time. This work explores the stories and characters imbedded in a city’s history as well as the energy of modern urban life; shifting perspectives from the individuals (with solo flute, cello, trumpet, harp & saxophone), to the architecture of the city. Link to Concert program Press: El Correo / Diario de Sevilla / Memeteria / Seattle Gay News
G Prokofiev guest on Dutch TV
7th May 2017 – Gabriel was a guest on the live classical music show: Podium Witteman in Amsterdam, Netherlands. After discussing his work he performed a short live remix of Cello Multitracks, and then Cellist, Mascha Van Nieuwkerk performed his piece: Float Dance, (with Multitrack parts by Peter Gregson).
The End of St Petersburg
– G Prokofiev co-creates new live score
5th May 2017 – Nonclassical & Dash Arts presented ‘Sounds of the Revolution’ as part of the British Library’s ‘Late at the Library’ after-hours events. The night closed with a live score to Vsevelod Pudovkin’s masterpiece: The End of St Petersburg, co-composed by Gabriel Prokofiev & Alexander Manotskov for an octet of improvising musicians from Russia & the UK. Also featured was Gabriel’s Electronic work Howl!, performed for the first time with Theremin (by Lydia Kavina) [more info]
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 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 Times, ★★★★ (Richard Morrison), 2014
‘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 Independent, ★★★★
“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 Guardian, ★★★★ (Tim Ashley) 2014
‘it created an extraordinary atmosphere, at once sombre, tender and surreal’
The Daily Telegraph, ★★★★ 2014