Thursday 25th April 2019 at 7.30pm @36 Lime Street – Glacis
Glacis is modern classical composer Euan Alexander Millar-McMeeken whose work explores themes of permanence and impermanence, loss and fragility. His music has been described by A Closer Listen as “akin to that found on sets by Nils Frahm, Dustin O’Halloran and Alex Kozobolis” while Music Won’t Save You stated that “the extreme simplicity…speaks directly to the heart, in an amazing mix of fragility and power of expression”.
Glacis was born over the long winter of 2010 when MIllar-McMeeken decided to return to his classical roots. He has since released a collection of EPs and two full albums on a variety of record labels such as Facture, Fluid Audio, Tavern Eightieth and 22.16.04. He has collaborated with the likes of Western Skies Motel, Matthew Collings and Ed Hamilton (Dead Light) and with Collings released two albums under the guise Graveyard Tapes. His latest work, a collaboration with Caught In The Wake Forever, released on Crow Versus Crow, has been described as “understated, introspective music as welcoming as the first cool breezes and dappled light of autumn”
After spending three years immersed in the countryside and customs of the Scottish Borders – a period that informs his forthcoming project, Borders – Millar-McMeeken starts a new chapter in the North East of England, ready to play live and bring glacis to new audiences.
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Euan Alexander Millar-McMeeken
This event also features support from Steve Luck.
Early-bird ticket purchasers (before midnight on Thursday 11th April) qualify for a free entry into a draw to win Atmospherica goodies including gig tickets, vinyl and CD’s.
Friday 10th May 2019 at 7.30pm – The Great Northern Piano Session II at Gosforth Civic Theatre with Paul Taylor, Alice Thompson and Steve Luck
‘The Great Northern Piano Session II’ will take place on Friday 10th May 2019 at 7.30pm at Gosforth Civic Theatre, Regent Farm Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE3 3HD.
Whisper it quietly…this Atmospherica Composer Concert is really going to be something special.
Featuring three leading contemporary classical composers, this concert is a must for lovers of accessible, thoughtful and captivating solo piano music. It promises to be an unmissable evening of lovingly crafted, heartfelt and beautiful original music.
There will be performances from Newcastle based Steve Luck (award winning composer and founder of the Atmospherica series), also from Newcastle Paul Taylor (vastly experienced improvising pianist), and rising star Alice Thompson from London (fresh from the release of her second full album of solo piano pieces)
Contemporary classical music is on the rise. Big name European composers like Ludovico Einaudi, Nihls Frahm, OlafurArnalds and Max Richter have done much to popularise the genre which has its roots in classical music but is also heavily influenced by pop, folk, world, film and electronic music. You can expect accessible ambient piano music with a meditative, soothing, serene feel to it which is both captivating and powerfully cinematic. The Atmospherica Series seeks to provide more opportunities for special live performances of new music in this genre and to develop an audience for this music here in the north of England.
Atmospherica founder Steve Luck said “I’m delighted to welcome these amazing pianists to Newcastle for what promises to be a very special evening. All of the artists are different from one another but have a common approach to making their music – often rooted in improvisation. I’m really pleased to bring people together for what promises to be a wonderful musical experience. There is nothing like hearing this music performed live, especially in a beautiful intimate venue like the Gosforth Civic Theatre”
Thursday 13th June at 7.30pm @36 Lime Street – Theo Alexander
The unique sound of London-born composer Theo Alexander blends tape-loop based drones with contemporary composition and a classical sensibility, resulting in a rich and unnerving
sound that expands in each performance. An innovative playing and recording technique involving multiple layers of taped sound gives his music an arresting and raw quality that is seldom heard in the current piano music revival.
His previous releases Waiting For You to Die and The Black Bunny were released by Swedish label 1631 Recordings (Hauschka, Dustin O’Halloran, et al), and Points of Decay by London label Blank Editions (Thurston Moore, Ben Vince). He will perform works from his most recent album Broken Access, as well as new works.
Listen to Theo here
Friday 16th August 2019 at 7.15pm and 8.30pm @The Victoria Tunnel – Steve Luck
Steve Luck performs some of his beautiful emotive and soothing piano compositions in (almost) pitch darkness in the remarkably atmospheric Victoria Tunnel. A real treat for the senses in a unique acoustic setting.