Tangent

Tangent

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Tangent is a band. A band made up of academically acclaimed contemporary composers working innovatively with traditional and contemporary instruments and collaboratively creating music in the format of gradually consolidated improvisations that is usual for bands.

Biography

- Tangent

Tangent is a band. A band made up of academically acclaimed contemporary composers working innovatively with traditional and contemporary instruments and collaboratively creating music in the format of gradually consolidated improvisations that is usual for bands. We have developed the band in response to what we perceive as a cultural demand for contemporary music to reach out of the traditional concert hall to new audiences and to embrace new cultural settings. We have not abandoned our academic musical practises, nor watered down our contemporary aesthetic, but we have presented it in a manner that can survive outside of the academy or the concert hall. We carefully compose our works to satisfy both the visceral and intellectual manners of musical enjoyment: whilst academics acknowledge the consistency of our musical language, the uninitiated members of the audience appreciate the dramatic intensity of our live performance. The fresh spontaneity of our musical style (featuring: amplified cello, piano and live electronics), framed within a band-format, offers an accessible approach to new music.
In terms of our technical development, our band could easily be labelled as experimental, though our technical and improvisational experimentations are simply a by-product of our compositional goals. We feature a very innovative personalised programme on the laptop that is used for real-time original musical synthesis, such that it can be performed as another (or even several) instruments; a piano that is explored from every angle whilst not ignoring the keyboard; and a re-tuned amplified cello that is largely played such that its sound often cannot be separated from the electronic resonances.
Our desire to reach out of the concert hall has often led us to collaborate with other art forms, and we have found that our flexible improvisatory manner of composition has made us very suitable collaborators. In June 2009 we joined the Buenos Aires-based video artist and composer Juan Ignacio Guerra in putting together a programme which we then toured round the academic institutions of Cambridge, Oxford, York and London. In addition, the sensual qualities of our music has made it attractive to dance and theatre groups, and members of Tangent (Matías Hancke and Ewan Campbell) have been working for a while with the physical theatre company Bottlefed. We have done several performances of their recent piece Hold me until you break in various theatres in London and are soon to start a period of research towards devising several new artistic projects with them.
In September we first teamed up with Gabriel Prokofiev and the Nonclassical record label, and have performed at their promoted nights at the Macbeth in Hoxton and the Garage in Highbury. We are presently planning a recording with them in December.

- Isobel Waller-Bridge / piano
Isobel has recently composed music for The Artemis Duo; Caroline Balding; Lontano; SKitA; and DryWrite. She has received further commissions from the Edinburgh Contemporary Arts Trust, the London Chamber Orchestra, and Trio Firenze. In July 2009, Isobel's work for solo piano, For The Time Being (2009) was selected for Italy's premiere contemporary music festival, SoundScape.
Isobel has scored a number of short films, and her theatre commissions include music for Present: Tense 9 (Nabokov Theatre Company - South Playhouse), A Christmas Carol (Youth Theatre), Hamlet (The Factory -Southwark Playhouse & Globe theatre).
Isobel's recent work includes orchestrating for BBC1's Life (David Attenborough) under composer George Fenton. Future work includes orchestrating for BBC1's The Frozen Planet in January 2010.
Born in London in 1984, Isobel was educated at Edinburgh University where she studied Composition with Nigel Osborne and Peter Nelson. She is the recipient of the Bucher Fraser Award for Composition, and is currently an exchange scholar at the Royal Academy of Music (piano). Isobel completed her MMus in Composition at King's College London with Silvina Milstein, and is currently studying for her PhD in Composition at King's College London under Silvina Milstein.

- Matías Hancke de la Fuente / live electronics
As a composer, Matías has been working on the integration between electroacoustic and traditional instrumental discourses. His interest in the topic led him to develop an electroacoustic performer that generates its material in real-time, through the combination of Csound5 and Max/MSP softwares. In 2007, and together with Argentine composer Teodoro Cromberg, he founded the laptop-duet Señales e Intersecciones in which he explored the possibilities of such electroacoustic performer. This duet collaborated in several performances with jazz-instrumentalists from Buenos Aires and was invited by Giorgio Nottoli to perform in the first edition of the EmuFest (International Festival of Electroacoustic Music - Santa Cecilia Conservatory, Rome - 2008).
In 2008, his work Desp

Set List

1 - ...but it started as a discussion (trio)
2 - after Kandinsky (duet: cello and electronics)
3 - Song for A (solo cello)
4 - Second Loss (duet: piano and electronics)
5 - A gathering (trio)