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Westminster academic Steve Beresford to perform at BBC Proms 2012

16 August 2012

Steve Beresford, senior lecturer in the Department for Music at the University of Westminster will be performing at the BBC Proms 2012 Festival, Prom 47: Cage Centenary Celebration at the Royal Albert Hall this evening, Friday 17 August. 

The evening, curated by Ilan Volkov marks the centennial of legendary composer John Cage’s birth and musicians and artists will come together to use plants, liquidisers, radios and even silence to make music. 

Steve is internationally known as a free improviser on piano and electronics and has composed scores for feature films and music for various TV shows and commercials. He  has worked with hundreds of musicians, including Derek Bailey, The Slits, Han Bennink, Christine Tobin, Ivor Cutler, Prince Far-I, Alan Hacker, Ray Davies, Ilan Volkov, Christian Marclay, David Toop, Najma Akhtar, Evan Parker, Adrian Sherwood, The Flying Lizards, Otomo Yoshihide and John Zorn. 

His extensive discography includes a quartet convened by saxophonist Evan Parker - ‘Foxes Fox’ – (which includes drummer Louis Moholo-Moholo, bassist John Edwards and guest Kenny Wheeler on trumpet) and new solo recordings on CD and cassette, following up 1980’s ‘Bath of Surprise’. He is also producing a series of CDs of material from the archives of guitarist Derek Bailey.  

Tomorrow Steve will be playing in the ensembles in 'Branches' (amplified cacti) and 'Improvisation 3' (cassette players). The full programme and live broadcast information can be found at the BBC website.


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