840: New Music for Clarinet, Violin and Piano

7.30pm, 22 February 2019 at the St James', Islington

Photo by Ilme Vysniauskaite

840’s next concert features Eos Ensemble performing music for clarinet, violin and piano by Eva-Maria Houben, Makiko Nishikaze, Tim Parkinson and the Armenian priest Komitas, alongside new pieces by Paul Evernden, James Luff and Alex Nikiporenko.

If there is something that unites the composers featured in our concert, it is an attitude of presenting sounds as sounds, directly and unadorned. Each piece embodies the practice of a unique creative artist, communicating a strong and clear sense of identity without reference to anything extra-musical.

Music of sparse and delicate intensity from Eva-Maria Houben and Makiko Nishikaze, drawing attention to the details of sounds in idiosyncratic ways, features alongside the elegant, Armenian folk-influenced pieces by Komitas, and the unique experimentalism of Tim Parkinson. The concert will also present new works that explore the reduction of a romantic waltz idiom to a rigid construct, the tension between repetitive parts and an ever-changing whole (and vice versa), as well as the versatility of the bass clarinet.

Formed at the beginning of 2017 by Paul Evernden and Angela Najaryan, both Royal Academy of Music Alumni with a passion for both new and old, Eos currently exists in different formations, including regularly playing as a trio alongside the pianist, Thomas Ang. Recent performances include Messiaen’s Quatuor pour la fin du temps at the Brunel Museum, as well as opening the 2017 Music Marathon at St. John’s Smith Square.

New music is fundamental to the group’s programming with recent performances including playing for 2021 Concerts’ three day residency at the APT Gallery in Deptford in the summer of 2018, as well as an appearance at Borough New Music in April of this year, where the group will give the world premiere of new works by Daniel Figols Cuevas and Paul Evernden.


Tickets are £8 online / £10 on the door

The concert will take place at the St James' Church, Prebend Street, Islington, N1 8PF.

Click here for the event poster