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Call for Portfolio: The Riot Ensemble

 Call for Portfolio: The Riot Ensemble
Summary:Chamber Music Residency
Deadline: 09 July 2014
Date Posted: 18 June 2014
Details: Portfolio is a Sound and Music artist development programme.

Sound and Music’s Portfolio scheme provides a key development opportunity for composers to create new work with and for some of the UK’s leading ensembles and presenters of new music. Portfolio enables them to develop their portfolio of compositions and gain vital artistic and practical insight and experience in working with professional ensembles and presenting organisations, and delivering new work to public audiences.

Selected composers are invited to develop a new work for a leading UK organisation. These are developed through a series of workshops during which the composer will work in close collaboration with the performers supported by an experienced composer mentor. The process culminates in a public performance of the new work within the ensemble’s performance schedule.

As part of the Portfolio programme, Sound and Music and The Riot Ensemble offer an opportunity for up to three emerging composers to spend time working closely with one of three international soloists and the artistic board of The Riot Ensemble. These soloists are:

Heather Roche, Bass Clarinet (
Canadian Born clarinettist Heather Roche trained in the UK and currently resides in Germany, where she pursues an active career as a soloist and chamber musician. She has performed at many major European festivals (Agora, HCMF, Zagreb Bienale, musikFest Berlin, Wittener Tage) and with some of the leading electronic music studios (BEAST, CIRMMT). She is also a founding member of hand werk, a Cologne-based ensemble for new chamber music, which currently performs 20 concerts a year across Europe and North America. She is an enthusiastic collaborator and regularly makes use of her blog to create practical tools for composers interested in the clarinet.

Marco Fusi, Viola D’Amore (
Marco Fusi, performs on the violin, viola and viola d’amore, also a composer, he has studied with Dimitrios Polisoidis, Ernst Kovacic and Jeanne-Marie Conquer and was a member of Lucerne Festival Academy, under the artistic and musical direction of Pierre Boulez. Among Marco's collaborations are Ensemble Linea (Srasbourg), Interface (Frankfurt), Phoenix (Basel), MotoPerpetuo (NYC) and Handwerk (Köln).

His complete recording of John Cage’s Freeman Etudes was released by Stradivarius; he has been invited to present this project, giving concerts, masterclasses and lectures at University of Southern California, Columbia University, Arizona State University, Basel Musikhochschule, and the Milan Conservatory.

Rafal Luc, Accordion (
Rafal studied classical accordion at the Royal Academy of Music and made his London debut in the Purcell Room 2009. Since then he has performed at venues including the Barbican, King’s Place, Wigmore Hall, Symphony Hall, Birmingham, and the Carnegie Hall, New York. He has worked with ensembles including the BBCSO, London Sinfonietta, Rambert Dance Company and with many contemporary composers creating new repertoire for classical accordion. Rafal has received major scholarships and awards. He is a keen chamber musician and in 2011 he recorded a CD with works by Bach and Piazzolla with cellist Hau-Eun Kim for Universal Music Korea. Rafal plays a new Pigini Sirius Millenium accordion, made on special order and purchased with the help of the Ministry of Culture in Poland and Royal Philharmonic Society.
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