Experience 45 minutes of blissful, uplifting, accessible, ambient, meditative, serene, introspective, soothing, captivating, hypnotic, undulating, delicate, pensive, cinematic music performed live in an intimate recital space in the heart of the Ouseburn.
Featuring performances from composers of contemporary classical music. If you like Ludovico Einaudi, Max Richter, Michael Nyman, Nihls Frahm, Olafur Arnalds and others you are going to love this series of concerts.
Most of these concerts will take place monthly in Studio 2G, 36 Lime Street, NE1 2PQ with occasional forays into other exotic venues.
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Current dates are as follows;
Thursday 27th September @ 12.45pm
Cal Raasay https://calraasay.com/
Inspired greatly by his childhood memories of the West Coast of Scotland, Cal Raasay is a songwriter, composer and producer from Northumberland. ‘Cal Raasay’ is (in part) a reference to the story of
‘Calum’s Road’ on the Isle of Raasay. Through his music, Cal seeks to immerse the listener within rich atmospheric tracks that move between melancholy and menace.
His experimental debut EP ’57 – 6′, released in April 2017, was the result of a year spent building (and sometimes sleeping in) his studio in Newcastle Upon Tyne. Cal describes the record as ”a cleansing of built up emotions caused by years of neglecting my creative outlet”. Only a month later Cal released the sparser and more reflective follow up EP titled ‘Horizon / Afore’.
After a short UK tour in the summer of 2017, Cal was invited to play a private gig at ‘Raasay House’ on the Isle of Raasay. He reminisces ”despite a few technical issues to begin with, it was probably the best gig I’ve ever played, mostly because of how welcoming and kind the people of Raasay were to us. We drank and sang songs into the wee small hours”. Cal finished his debut year with a free single titled ‘ALS Recomposed’, a minimalist reworking of the traditional festive song ‘Auld Lang Syne’, released on December 24th.
For Piano Day 2018 on the 29th March, the international event started by the german composer Nils Frahm, Cal released a solo piano piece ‘Three’ accompanied by a timelapse video of the sunrise filmed that very morning. ‘Three’ was included on the official Piano Day playlist curated by Nils Frahm.
Cal Raasay is currently working on a three EPs for release in 2018. The first EP ‘Still’ was released on 27th April. In an interview with NARC magazine, Cal describes the inspiration behind the intensely atmospheric sound of ‘Still’: ‘a remote, steep sided valley with a deep loch/lake. I wrote the bones of the EP in the week shortly after buying my first piano last year. Like any new instrument in the studio, the piano seemed to extend the creative map in my head to a new realm of ideas. As I continued to play the pieces, I realised that my head would wander off to that valley, each track conveying a different weather/season.’
Friday 12th October @7.30pm
at Gosforth Civic Hall
Steve Luck/Simeon Walker/Mark Deeks
Further info and tickets on sale very soon.
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