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Flytrap premiere

Rob FokkensA new work by Dr Robert Fokkens is set for both its world premiere and its Welsh premiere this week.

Flytrap, a new piece for vocal trio, will be performed by vocal ensemble EXAUDI on Monday 12 March at Kings Place, London. This will be followed with a performance on Tuesday 13 March at the Cardiff University Concert Hall as part of the School’s 2011-12 concert series.

Flytrap was specially commissioned for EXAUDI’s groundbreaking Exposure series. EXAUDI, one of Britain’s leading young contemporary music ensembles, places the newest new music at the heart of its repertoire and, through its commissioning scheme, is particularly committed to the younger generation of composers.

Dr Fokkens said: “Flytrap is a continuation of a project I started working on in 2006 with the vocal trio juice – the creation of short works that explore the verbal, sonic and expressive potential of a single word. This new piece is unique in the project both in that it is an open score, and in that its main textual feature is the extraction and creation of actual words from the individual sounds and syllables of the word ‘Flytrap’.” EXAUDI

Many EXAUDI programmes combine the new with the old, and their Cardiff concert will be no exception. Alongside Dr Fokkens’ work, the programme also includes two composers separated by six centuries – Guillaume de Machaut, the fourteenth-century love poet and composer, and John Cage, the twentieth-century iconoclast. It also includes works by Mauricio Kagel, Georges Aperghis, Alvin Lucier, and Christopher Fox.

The concert at Cardiff University Concert Hall begins at 7pm. Tickets (£9, £7, £3.50) can be obtained by calling 03700 101051 or online at www.ticketsource.co.uk/cardiffmusic. More information on this performance and the concert series can be found at: http://concerts.cf.ac.uk/