Colin Currie premieres Julia Wolfe's percussion concerto riSE and fLY
Published: 12 October 2012
On Thursday 11 October, Colin Currie gave the world premiere performance of Julia Wolfe’s percussion concerto riSE and fLY with the BBC Concert Orchestra as part of the Southbank Centre's contemporary festival Ether.
Written for Currie, the concerto is described by Wolfe as a “street percussion concerto”, the first half of which comprises body percussion, and the second shifting to a focus on an array of instruments such as tubs, buckets and oven racks. The concerto premiere was the highlight of an entire evening of music by Julia Wolfe, one of New York’s Bang on a Can composers.
The Guardian praised Currie's performance, commenting:
“It's literally the remarkable Currie for half the work: the solo part is first played entirely on his body, with amplified claps, chest slaps and stamps, before a marginally more conventional second half uses a variety of found objects, plastic and metal cans, oven racks and more. Wolfe calls it "urban folk music for the orchestra", but like so much of her music it's also a wonderfully imaginative, boundary-crossing fusion of sources and styles.”
Guardian, October 2012
Click here to listen to a short extract of Wolfe's riSE and fLY, and click on the link below to listen to an audio interview with Currie on the concerto:
To view a programme note and further information about the piece on the composer’s website, click here.