11th October (at 18:00) Royal Northern College of Music (Manchester, England)
Spotlight: Incógnito #1: Premiere of the multidisplinary work Dans les noirceurs (collaboration with Georgi Gill -poet, and Elia Navarro -visual artist)
7th September – International Anthony Burguess Foundation (Manchester, England)
Premiere of my short opera In the Hope of Rain with libretto by Andrew Turner
Manchester Contemporary Youth Opera presents five brand new short operas. This 1-hour show takes the audience from a hospital waiting room to an absurd shop, via a dark tale from a canal, and a painting that comes to life. But what did happen to Anne?
All performed by rising-star opera singers aged 18-25 and an ensemble of incredible instrumentalists who are part of the on-stage action.
5th May – APT Gallery (London, England)
Performance of my piece Schattierungen- Revised in collaboration with the artist and composer Caroline Bordignon during the cross-arts weekend at APT Gallery organised by 2021Concerts.
21th April – Mare de Déu de Loreto’s church (Xàbia/ Jávea, Alicante/ Alacant, Spain)
Performance of my piece Philomela during the concert Los colores en la Música: Ars Futura.
26th – 29th April – Festival Mixtur (Barcelona, Spain)
Selected as an active participant to attend lectures and seminars by Gabriel Brnčić, Tristan Murail, Alexander Schubert, Agustí Charles and Mauricio Sotelo among others.
7th March – Man Met Postgraduate Research Conference “Provoking Discourse” (Manchester, England)
Presentation of my paper Music and the Visual Arts: Exchanging elements, issues to address and the role of the contributors
9th March (18:00h) – Women’s Day event 2018 organised by collective31, SheTogether18 (International Anthony Burguess Foundation, Manchester, England)
Premiere of my piece Schattierungen for flute, cello and live painting with the painter Caroline Bordignon.
12th March (19:30h) – 83 organised by the Centre for Practice & Research in Science & Music (PRiSM) (CNRR at the Royal Northern College of Music)
Premiere of my piece Ma(Ris)Ma in collaboration with the Scientist Hannah Mossman
29th December (20:00h) – ACOCA (Asociación para la Conservación de los Órganos de Cantabria) Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de las Lindes (Suances, Spain)
Premiere of my piece Veil(i)ed for Organ
13th October – Festival Allegro, San Pedro del Pinatar (Murcia, Spain)
Premiere of my piece Quand les pôles opposés… for flute, bass clarinet, piano, violin and cello. Performed by the ensemble ArsFutura. Commissioned piece for the Allegro Festival opening.
18th October (17:00h) – Grosvenor Gallery (Manchester, England)
Premiere of my piece Triptych for clarinet/bass clarinet, viola, cello and live painting.
The three movements can be performed in any order and they are all a reflection of the action of collaborating. Density is a choreographed piece where the painting process and the bass clarinet sound merge to create a common work. The painter and architect Roland Keogh will perform this and the other two movements, each of them in a different panel of a triptych canvas.
Other of the movements, Textures, for viola and double bass, is a reflection of how textures can be created in both painting and music. In this occasion, the painter will listen to the music and create shapes according to his perception. As an action-reaction collaboration.
Finally, but not the final one in order (or perhaps yes), Motion, is a quick and short movement where clarinet, viola and double bass perform the music, while the painter is ignoring any audible inspiration to constantly work around the concept of non-stop motion. It is like an individual collaboration where both disciplines are connected just because of the concept applied.
Performers: Freya Chambers (Clarinet/bass clarinet), Beth Willett (Viola), Eleanor Boney (Cello), Roland Keogh (Painting)
Visit Roland Keogh’s gallery: http://dot-art.co.uk/product-category/roland-keogh/
4th June (14:00h) – Mr Kite’s Musicircus! by John Cage Trust – Aintree racecourse (Liverpool, England)
Mr Kite’s MUSICIRCUS! promises to be one of the biggest and most ambitious events of the entire programme – and yes, a splendid time is guaranteed for all the family.
Expect an audacious fairground ride of sights and sounds creating an immersive sensory spectacular performance.
This whirligig celebration of Beatles’ music involves thousands of musicians, choirs, soloists, dancers, circus performers, poets and even chess players. Bring the whole family and immerse yourselves in an inspiring, joyful and happily anarchic afternoon.
John Cage was one of the greats of experimental American music, and while the Beatles were recording Sgt Pepper in Britain, across the Atlantic he was creating his own ground-breaking musical masterpiece.
Now, 50 years on, Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and Cage’s MUSICIRCUS! are being entwined in one original performance.
9th June (18:00h) – In Focus: Paul Patterson festival – Carol Nash Recital Room, RNCM (Manchester, England)
Unité d’ habitation (Cité Radieuse) for wind quintet
Paul Patterson Conversations for clarinet and piano; Westerly Winds for wind quintet; Mean Time for brass quintet
Isabel Benito Gutiérrez New work for wind quintet
Free admission, no ticket required
19th May (20:00h) – Liverpool Lightnight – Liverpool Central Library’s Atrium
Premiere of my open work Chronoscope – Journey through A note in time.
A performance of newly composed and specially selected pieces by Liverpool-based composers and musicians around the notion of Time; exploring the experience of listening, the memory of melodies, cultural interpretation of time and its relation to scientific definition.
28th May (20:30h) – Primavera Musical de San Pedro del Pinatar (Murcia, Spain)
Premiere of Tres poemas de Julio Cortázar. Three movements based on poems written by Julio Cortázar. Performed by the trio Hecuba.
I. Una Idea for solo flute.
II. Ceremonia Recurrente for flute and piano.
III. Encargo for two flutes and piano.
28th April – Rosamund Prize – Carol Nash Recital Room, RNCM (Manchester, England)
Philomela for alto, flute, vibraphone and cello, based on Georgi Gill’s poem.
RNCM student composers collaborate with creative writing students from Manchester Metropolitan University to create new works in this prize with an adjudication panel including Michael Symmons Roberts, Professor of Poetry at MMU, and Adam Gorb, Head of Composition at the RNCM.
29th March (19:00h) – Open Circuit Festival – Leggate Theatre, Victoria Gallery & Museum (Liverpool, England)
The Merseyside Improvisers Orchestra, under the direction of Ged Barry, present a wide variety of compositions, improvisations, and everything in between. This program celebrates performer agency and collaborative authorship by showcasing open works of the twentieth century, contemporary compositions by local composers, and directed improvisation.
19th December (20:30h) – Salón de actos Fundación Botín en Santander (Spain)
Poets and composers from Cantabria.
Works by Israel López Estelche – Almudena Campuzano; Ana Fontecha – Silvia Prellezo; José María Labrada – Martín Bezanilla; Alberto Moratías – Paul Herrera; Isabel Benito – Pablo Escribano.
16th September (12:00h) – Leggate Theatre, Victoria Gallery & Museum (Liverpool, England)
Music and Painting event
This project is a collaboration in between students from Art students from John Moores University and composers from the University of Liverpool; they work together creating two multidisciplinary pieces that combine sounds with colours and shapes. Composers: Ian Costabile, Isabel Benito-Gutierrez. Artists: Jakub Kreft, David Nobbs. Performer: Agustin Fernandez-Rubio (flute).
12th October (19:00h) – TATE Liverpool (England)
IN RESPONSE TO FRANCIS BACON
Have you ever pondered how a Francis Bacon artwork might sound? Join us for In Response to… Francis Bacon and find out.
20th May (19:30h) – F.A.C.T. (Liverpool, England)
7th March (19:30h) – Open Circuit Festival – F.A.C.T. (Liverpool, England)
Walter Ruttmann’s 1927 film Berlin: Symphony of a Metropolis forms the backdrop to an exciting new collaborative effort between the University of Liverpool, FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Four postgraduate composers from the Department of Music are collaboratively writing a film score to accompany Ruttmann’s classic silent film. This score will be performed live with the help of musicians from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in FACT’s venue, Theatre 3.
Seats will be limited, so please book in advance! Composers: Liam Carey, Daniel Fallon, Andrew Graley, Isabel Benito Gutierrez
4th June/4 de Junio (20:30h) – L’Auditori de Barcelona, sala Oriol Martorell (Spain)
“El Gran Masturbador” (based on the Salvador Dalí painting) for instrumental ensemble, performed by BCN216 / “El Gran Masturbador” (basado en el cuadro de Salvador Dalí) para ensamble instrumental, interpretado por BCN216
27th May/27 de Mayo (13:00h) – Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya (Spain)
“Enchanted Forest” (based on the Jackson Pollock painting) for solo flute. Performed by Agustín Fernández Rubio / “Enchanted Forest” (basado en la pintura de Jackson Pollock) para flauta sola. Interpretado por Agustín Fernández Rubio
“Pictorial improvisation – sound paintings” (based on Miquel Barceló’s “Quelques Herbes”). Performed by Agustín Fernández Rubio (flute), Tere Gómez Ramírez (sax), Joan Magrané (piano) y Mario G. Cortizo (percussion and electronics) / “Improvisación pictórica – cuadros sonoros” (basado “Quelque Herbes” de Miquel Barceló). Interpretado por Agustín Fernández Rubio (flauta), Tere Gómez Ramírez (saxo), Joan Magrané (piano) y Mario G. Cortizo (percusión y electrónica)