James Heather: Metronome Piano Sessions

Wednesday 3 May 2023

7:00 pm : Main stage

Seated

14+ (under 16s to be accompanied by an adult)

Tickets

General admission: £13.50 + booking fee
Student member: £5.00 + booking fee

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Stage times
Doors: 7.00pm
Stage time: 8.00pm – 9.15pm

As part of the Metronome Piano Sessions – bringing together the best pianists from around the world, for intimate seated performances.

Inspired by Beethoven, Debussy and his neighbours Acid House pirate radio show, composing on piano became James Heather’s passion. His art takes as much from electronic music in sensibility and post-rock in its exploration of meditative builds as it does its classical and jazz grounding.

In 2022 Heather released his second album, ‘Invisible Forces’. The album is about becoming aware of invisible forces around us to help deepen understanding of self and our connection to the world. The tracks (alongside 2021’s ‘Modulations: EP2’) were this time honed on the road, performing at Green Man, Glastonbury, Berlin Planetarium and many more across Europe.

His approach, that he dubs ‘Pulse Music’, finds him playing freely, with no metronome or notation but instead his instinct deciding where things go. In 2021 he released a new version of ‘And She Came Home’ with added strings for Coldcut’s ambient ‘@0 compilation’ in aid of CALM, Mind, and Black Minds Matter, with the song being promoted as a double-single alongside Ryuichi Sakamoto.

Heather first released via Ahead Of Our Time in 2017, Ninja Tune founders Coldcut’s label with “Modulations: EP1”, followed by his well received album “Stories From Far Away On Piano”.  In 2018 he was remixed by DJ Seinfeld, Mary Lattimore, Sarah Davachi and Echo Collective for his “Reworks” album.

Supporters include Cillian Murphy, Nils Frahm, Emika, Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder label and The Cinematic Orchestra, who asked him to rework them in 2020.

“A masterful set of contemporary piano pieces. The sound Heather makes is captivating.” – Electronic Sound

“Capable of supreme tenderness and yet, tonally, hugely powerful.” – Mixmag

“Incredibly emotive pieces. A tender, touching album.” – Loud and Quiet (Albums of the Month)

“Masterful contemporary piano.” – Dummy

“This classical masterwork seems like it has simply come out of nowhere.” – Bandcamp (Albums of the Week)

Accessibility

Seated gigs offer disabled access within the first three rows inside the venue.
Standing gigs offer accessibility for disabled patrons in our mezzanine. We will always do our best to accommodate individual requirements, and other viewing options may be available at standing gigs following a risk assessment of the event.

Please click here for full accessibility information.

If you have any particular requirements or queries, please email us ahead of the event at [email protected].

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James Heather: Metronome Piano Sessions

Stage times
Doors: 7.00pm
Stage time: 8.00pm – 9.15pm

As part of the Metronome Piano Sessions – bringing together the best pianists from around the world, for intimate seated performances.

Inspired by Beethoven, Debussy and his neighbours Acid House pirate radio show, composing on piano became James Heather’s passion. His art takes as much from electronic music in sensibility and post-rock in its exploration of meditative builds as it does its classical and jazz grounding.

In 2022 Heather released his second album, ‘Invisible Forces’. The album is about becoming aware of invisible forces around us to help deepen understanding of self and our connection to the world. The tracks (alongside 2021’s ‘Modulations: EP2’) were this time honed on the road, performing at Green Man, Glastonbury, Berlin Planetarium and many more across Europe.

His approach, that he dubs ‘Pulse Music’, finds him playing freely, with no metronome or notation but instead his instinct deciding where things go. In 2021 he released a new version of ‘And She Came Home’ with added strings for Coldcut’s ambient ‘@0 compilation’ in aid of CALM, Mind, and Black Minds Matter, with the song being promoted as a double-single alongside Ryuichi Sakamoto.

Heather first released via Ahead Of Our Time in 2017, Ninja Tune founders Coldcut’s label with “Modulations: EP1”, followed by his well received album “Stories From Far Away On Piano”.  In 2018 he was remixed by DJ Seinfeld, Mary Lattimore, Sarah Davachi and Echo Collective for his “Reworks” album.

Supporters include Cillian Murphy, Nils Frahm, Emika, Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder label and The Cinematic Orchestra, who asked him to rework them in 2020.

“A masterful set of contemporary piano pieces. The sound Heather makes is captivating.” – Electronic Sound

“Capable of supreme tenderness and yet, tonally, hugely powerful.” – Mixmag

“Incredibly emotive pieces. A tender, touching album.” – Loud and Quiet (Albums of the Month)

“Masterful contemporary piano.” – Dummy

“This classical masterwork seems like it has simply come out of nowhere.” – Bandcamp (Albums of the Week)

Accessibility

Seated gigs offer disabled access within the first three rows inside the venue.
Standing gigs offer accessibility for disabled patrons in our mezzanine. We will always do our best to accommodate individual requirements, and other viewing options may be available at standing gigs following a risk assessment of the event.

Please click here for full accessibility information.

If you have any particular requirements or queries, please email us ahead of the event at [email protected].

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