FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
23 May 2022
24 June Album Release Date
25 June–13 July Tour: Oxford, Manchester, York, Leeds, Tunbridge Wells, Ludlow
15–28 Aug Performances at Summerhall, Edinburgh Fringe Festival
Classical Piano Virtuoso and Algorithms Make Art at Summerhall
Music, visual art and technology collide in Larkhall’s moving, cinematic performance. A composer, pianist and creative coder, he has written software to turn the nuances of each performance into reactive visual projections. His harmonious music has earned accolades from across Europe and the USA, with his 2019 debut album The Sea Was Never Blue reaching the #2 spot on the iTunes Classical chart. Centred around his experience overcoming depression after the birth of his second son, Say You’re With Me is his new album and show for 2022.
Algorithms play a role in our daily lives, shaping everything from weather forecasts, to driving directions, to social media feeds. But can they be… art? Composer-pianist and software developer Larkhall presents a show combining new classical piano compositions with live visuals which are created by his music as he plays. These “vividly beautiful,” “enchanting” compositions (Hämeenkyrön Sanomat / Chicago Sun-Times) shed new light on how STEM subjects can be applied outside of a traditional engineering context.
“A new exciting voice on the contemporary scene.” Hannah MacInnes, Times Radio
“Innovative, unique and moving.” Jonathan Robinson, ThinkMusic
Venue: Summerhall, Red Lecture Theatre (Venue 26)
Tickets: £13 (£10 conc, £8 preview)
Previews: 16 August Dates: 16–28 August
Time: 19:30 (60 min)
Box Office: 0131 226 0000
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Larkhall is the performance alias of composer/pianist and creative coder Charlie Williams. Born in a small mining town on Minnesota’s Iron Range, his family struggled to afford music lessons in his childhood. He largely taught himself to play the piano, at times taking it apart to find ways to get new sounds out of its insides. He attended Northwestern University on a scholarship, winning the university’s concerto competition and going on to claim the prize for new music performance at the International Shostakovich Piano Competition. He came to the UK and earned an MPhil at University of Cambridge’s Centre for Music and Science, where he developed SingSmash, a game you play by singing. That landed him a job helping to develop audio-recognition app Shazam, where he built an audio-reactive “listening” animation. Returning to creative pursuits, in 2016 he released his first album of compositions as Larkhall. His 2019 album The Sea Was Never Blue hit #2 on the UK iTunes Classical Chart, and introduced his signature style of musically-reactive visuals.
MUSIC: Neoclassical / electronic / melodic / soundtrack / minimalism / ambient
NEW TECHNOLOGY: Algorithms / new media / live art / generative art
MENTAL HEALTH: Men’s mental health / depression / parenthood