UBS Soundscapes: Eclectica concerts at LSO St Luke’s on Old Street include some of the most innovative and experimental sounds in London this autumn. The series explores new collaborations across music genres from classical to jazz to world and folk.
The season begins on 21 September with a visit from two famous Finns. Accordion adventurer, Kimmo Pohjonen, has revolutionised accordion music and performance with his unique blend of acoustic and electronic. Pohjonen expands the capabilities and experience of the accordion using live loops, effects, surround sound and lights. His appearance at LSO St Luke’s includes his first-ever collaboration with pioneering violinist Pekka Kuusisto, featuring original compositions in solos and duos specially created for this concert.
On 26 October, as part of her London Symphony Orchestra UBS Soundscapes: Artist Portrait, Viktoria Mullova presents The Peasant Girl , her latest musical project with the Matthew Barley Ensemble. Joined by jazz pianist Julian Joseph and percussionists Paul Clarvis and Sam Walton, they explore Mullova’s Ukrainian gypsy roots and the folk music of Bartók and Kodály, as well as special arrangements by Matthew Barley of music by Weather Report.
Saxophonist, composer, arranger and ensemble director Tim Garland co-directs an all-star band with LSO Principal Neil Percy on 17 November called Momentum 2010. The band features Joe Locke, one of the most talked about mallet players in jazz, Geoffrey Keezer, Carl Herring and Patrick Bettison. Neil plays a hybrid collection of percussion instruments specially selected and written for by Tim Garland for this project, exploring percussion instruments from around the world.