Cellist – Jonathan Aasgaard (Principal cello, RLPO)
This year’s Sonic Interactions electronic music concert features Finnish composer, Kaija Saariaho’s work Petals (1988) for solo cello and live electronics.
Petals for solo cello and live electronics is included on the Edexcel A-level music syllabus as a set work under the ‘New Directions’ category.
Saariaho’s creative use of live electronics: amplification, reverb and harmonizer, transform the cello into a ‘multi-timbral synthersizer’. The work showcases virtuosic cello writing with extended capabilities and sound possibilities, demonstrating the wealth of timbres achievable with electronic involvement and enhancement. A significant feature of this composition is its prominent display of clean and noisy sounds, which contrast with each other throughout.
The Sonic Interactions concert also features works by Dr Manuella Blackburn, Guest composers: James Andean, Guillaume Dujat des Allimes and a collection of Liverpool Hope student works.
Preconcert talk: 7pm with James Andean (De Montfort University)