From The Glasshouse #4 - Piano Day Special
Featuring Simeon Walker, Benjamin Fitzgerald & IMOGEN
From the Glasshouse brings you a garden of musical delights including homegrown talent, wildflowers from further afield, and brand new music which has been lovingly nurtured in our iconic glass building.
Expect special one-off performances, intimate sets, the occasional surprise guest and a cosy and relaxed feel. Offering up a place for you to discover your new favourite artist from folk to pop and everything in between.
This March we have teamed up with Brudenell Piano Sessions to bring you a special event marking Piano Day, the annual worldwide celebration of the piano. The line-up features: contemporary classical pianist Benjamin Fitzgerald, an exclusive solo set from singer-songwriter IMOGEN, and pianist and composer Simeon Walker.
Brudenell Piano Sessions is an intimate and varied series of live music events, held at one of the UK’s most iconic venues, Brudenell Social Club which is based in Leeds. Much like From the Glasshouse, their events seek to give a platform for new and emerging artists to present their work alongside other established artists in an informal, supportive and encouraging environment, whilst providing opportunities for audiences to make new musical discoveries. This month’s From the Glasshouse will be hosted by founder Simeon Walker.
This concert has Pay What You Decide for seats on all levels so you can choose how much you pay for your ticket.
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2.30pm: Doors to Sage Two
3pm: Simeon Walker
4.20pm – 5pm: Benjamin Fitzgerald
Please note timings are subject to change
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Leeds-based pianist & composer Simeon Walker has quickly emerged as a leading light in the burgeoning Modern Classical scene, following the release of Mono and Winnow, his two albums to date. In recent years, Simeon has regularly performed & toured across the UK and Europe; supported a variety of artists including S. Carey, LYR, Sebastian Plano, Loscil, Erland Cooper & Taz Modi; and performed notable live sets at Latitude & Timber Festival (UK), Q3Ambientfest (DE), FAN Festival (PT).
His music receives regular broadcasts on BBC Radio 3 shows including Unclassified & NightTracks, alongside BBC 6Music, KEXP and Soho Radio, with his music boasting streaming figures in excess of 15 million times across platforms. He also founded and continues to curate Brudenell Piano Sessions; an intimate and varied live music series highlighting the diverse music being composed and performed on the piano, hosted at Leeds’ iconic Brudenell Social Club.
Simeon’s most recent EP release Imprints represents a return to the calm, introspective piano-based instrumentals that first thrust him into the limelight; inviting the listener to find stillness, beauty and meaning as much in the spaces between the notes as the notes themselves, as musical stories are woven with each tender, intimate performance.
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Newcastle born Benjamin Fitzgerald is a contemporary classical pianist and composer that brings together the worlds of contemporary classical, minimalist jazz, folk & electronica. Performing alongside his 7-piece ensemble, Fitzgerald utilises a mixture of transcendent strings, loops and beats, ethereal saxophone and intricate polyrhythmic piano lines, but has blended them together to create a melancholic, trance-like sound in order to create a truly captivating experience for his audience.
Following on from his previous commission with BBC Arts, looking into representing different forms of mental health through the medium of live composition, Ben released his first EP Ambedo with the BBC Last year. This was followed by his stand-alone single release titled The Cottage, which looked into the trepidations of lockdown, and the need to find our safe spaces.
When IMOGEN emerged a couple of years ago, Line Of Best Fit and Atwood Mag described her first release as “preternaturally brilliant” and an “illustrative and graceful beginning from an artist we can’t wait to hear more of”. Honouring their words, late 2021 saw IMOGEN release her most powerful work to date, the Bloodbag EP. An in depth exploration of control, this audiovisual work deals with themes of womanhood, disability and apathy. With her trademark soaring vocals accompanied by dark brass, synths, driving rhythms, and powerful visuals, the Geordie artist shows us storytelling in the most affecting way, lending comparison from Nick Cave through to Florence and The Machine.
With over 3 million streams since and an incredible band in tow, she has sold out multiple shows and has supported the likes of Joy Crookes, Rosie Lowe, Brooke Bentham and Another Sky, as well as receiving support from Radio 6, Radio 1 and BBC Introducing.
IMOGEN returns to her roots this March with an exclusive solo performance for From the Glasshouse. Not one to miss!