Lola recording 'Sea of Names' from the album 'By Peculiar Grace and other loves' at Peter Gabriel's Real World Studios in February 2010
Music: Lola Perrin
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Lola Perrin is a composer, pianist, publisher and contributor to International Piano magazine. She has played live and been interviewed on various radio programmes including Radio 3 Jazz Line Up, Radio 4 Science Matters and local BBC radio stations, appeared at the First International Conference of Minimalist Music, Bangor and in 2011 played her USA debut at Women in the Arts, St Louis Missouri.
Lola has performed extensively in the UK in recent years at venues including the Design Museum, London’s Jazz Café, Latitude Festival, Henham Park, 2010 and the London Jazz Festival. In 2011 she played a seven date concert series hosted by Markson Pianos dedicated to her eight piano suites.
Commissions include silent film scores for Barbican Cinema (Germaine Dulac’s The Seashell and the Clergyman, and The Smiling Madame Beudet), piano works for Elena Riu and a substantial composition for bass clarinet ensemble (2012) commissioned by Sarah Watts. Her Birds Eye View Festival commissioned score for Victor Sjöström's ‘The Wind’ won Silent London’s Best Silent Film Soundtrack 2011.
Tracks from CDs appear on UK TV broadcasts and European & USA radio playlists. Lola has created works after Edward Hopper, Ansel Adams, Rachel Whiteread, Nazarin Montag, Carsten Hoeller and Hussein Chalayan. She has worked live in various spoken word and music collaborations with author Hanif Kureishi, writer broadcaster Mihir Bose, poet Sue Hubbard, natural history filmmaker Paul Williams, geologist Dr Adam Maloof, neuroscientist Dr Martin Coath, and collaborated with filmmakers Phil Maxwell/Hazuan Hashim, The Gray Circle, Roberto Battista, Eirik Evjen, John Bryson and Vincent Buller.
In addition to the Artist in Residence role at Naim Audio, Lola has been made Composer/Teacher in Residence at Markson Pianos. As part of this residency she will be at Foyles Bookshop on March 31st 14.30 – 16.30 to give free piano lessons to beginner and lapsed pianists as part of National Learn to Play Day.
Two new Lola Perrin compositions are “Her Sisters’ Notebook” for 10 bass clarinets (duration 25 minutes) and “Nine Miniatures for Wind Quintet” (duration 15 minutes). Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to see the scores.
Lola will be performing piano in Plymouth, London and Brighton. “Her Sisters’ Notebook” will receive a second performance at City Hall, Plymouth, by Sarah Watts, on March 22nd at 1pm. Click here for performance details.
Lola Perrin compositions have been selected for performance at a weekend of contemporary piano music at the Conservatoire Chopin, Paris, Feb 3 – 5th 2012.
“The Wind” (1928 Victor Sjöström, starring Lilian Gish performed at BFI Southbank with live score by Lola Perrin) won Silent London’s Best Silent Film Soundtrack 2011.
Interview about Lola’s new work for bass clarinet ensemble, “Her Sisters’ Notebook” published in Muso magazine
Two concerts marking USA debut; a lecture recital “Lola Perrin Piano Suites” at Women in the Arts Conference, University of Missouri St Louis, and a private concert in New York City hosted by Julia Warr http://juliawarr.com
SEPTEMBER Sarah Watts commissioned a composition for Bass Clarinet Ensemble, premier Peninsula Arts Contemporary Music Festival 12th Feb 2012. Elena Riu commissioned a new piano work, premier summer 2012.
Lola Perrin's Seven Days is a new concert series featuring seven concerts in seven locations outside London, in collaboration with local speakers. Concert One is August 14th in Swinford, Ireland with author Kate Kerrigan. More concerts to follow.
New quotes have come in, in response to Lola Perrin's piano books and CDs:
"a modern day Schubert" (Ratko Delorko)
"I, too, was taken by the depth and uniqueness of your recordings" (Dr Kevin Orr)
Piano Suites I, II, III and IV have been launched in their second editions by Spartan Press
Lola obtained the rights to play a new soundtrack to Painlevé’s Les Cristaux Liquides during a show she developed with Alexis Kirke for October 2nd 2011
The performance will also feature special guests; Geologist Dr Adam Maloof and Filmmaker/Writer/Conservationist Paul Williams in conversation, plus Q&A with the audience.
Announcing: Lola Perrin Sheet Music
Lola has formed the publishing company, Lola Perrin Sheet Music. This year all her piano books, in their second editions, will be available globally, distribution by Spatran Press
A new multilingual site lolaperrinsheetmusic.com, designed by Roberto Battista, has been launched to display samples of over sixty compositions, with audio clips and technical information to help pianists choose pieces.
World premier: two, three and six pianos
May 21st 4.15 - 4.45 pm Clore Ballroom at Southbank Centre
Lola Perrin will be appearing at Southbank in May, performing compositions for two, three and six pianos with Roland Perrin, Adriana Vasques, Katherine Tinkler, Lysianne Chen, Elizabeth Challenger and Alissa Tavdidishvili as part of the Lang Lang Inspires series. Lola's performance is supported by Naim Audio and the rehearsals for this event are supported by Markson Pianos
Read Bidisha's blog about Lola's Seven Fridays concert series here.
Announcing Lola’s New Partnership with Naim Audio
Lola has recently formed a partnership with Naim Audio, a British manufacturer of high-end audio equipment.
Lola first discovered Naim when she heard a new neighbour playing a favourite album of hers, a very obscure Eberhard Weber release. Lola felt compelled to knock on this music enthusiast’s door to tell them how much she loved the music they were playing. The gentleman, Jack Krellé, invited Lola in to listen to the album on his Naim hi-fi system.
This chance encounter led to Lola working part time for Jack whilst she concentrated on writing her musical compositions. Hours of shared listening time gave Lola an appreciation and enthusiasm for Naim’s distinctive sound and eventually led to her approaching Naim for support in her work.
To find out more about Naim Audio and its range of premium hi-fi equipment visit: www.naimaudio.com
Announcing a new concert series: Lola Perrin’s “Seven Fridays”
Lola presents her piano suites, created between 1992 and 2009, during seven concerts between April and October in a series hosted by Markson Pianos at Saint Mary Magdalene Church, Munster Square, London NW1.
Concerts will be introduced by guest speakers John Bryson, Nazarin Montag, Marcia Teusink, Dr Alida Gersie, Dr Martin Coath, Antonio Capelao and Sue Hubbard.
Lola has been commissioned by Bird’s Eye View Festival 2011 to compose a soundtrack for the 1928 film starring Lillian Gish, “The Wind”
Lola performing her compositions at Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall, March 19th with an eclectic line-up including Natacha Atlas, Phil Maxwell and Hazuan Hashim, Roland Perrin, Kate Shortt, Sarah Watts, Alexis Kirke and Jonathan Bonnici.