La Nitroglycérine des Lumières
Saxophone, Percussion, Electric Guitar, Piano and Live Electronics
19th November 2023
Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival
Steven is a European composer based in the UK. His work is performed internationally at festivals including the Darmstadt Ferienkurse, Wittener Tage für Neue Kammermusik, and the Huddersfield Contemporary Music festival, with leading ensembles such as the Arditti Quartet, Ensemble Recherche, Ensemble Modern, and Nikel.
Figures Outside a Dacha, with Snowfall, and an Abbey in the Background, a work for soloists, orchestra, and live electronics drawing on the transcendent final shot of Andrei Tarkovsky's Nostalghia. Commissioned by WDR Symphonieorchester and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the piece was premièred in at the WDR Funkhaus in Köln, conducted by Manuel Nawri and electronics by Carl Faia, in January 2023.
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A commissioned work for Ensemble Nikel, scored for saxophone, guitar, piano, percussion, and live electronics, taking inspiration from the Lumière Brothers' pioneering 1896 film Démolition d'un mur.
A new work for solo piano for Nicolas Hodges, which has given birth to a series of shorter pieces, Studies for Figures Outside a Dacha, both coming as a response to dreamlike sequences in Andrei Tarkovsky's Nostalghia.