Classical, Jazz and Sound Arts Winners Announced at Ivors Composer Awards
The Ivors Academy has unveiled the winners of 10 Ivor Novello Awards at the 2021 Ivors Composer Awards, celebrating the music of composers writing for classical, jazz, and sound art. The winners were announced at a ceremony hosted by Tom Service of BBC Radio 3 and Sara Mohr-Pietsch at the British Museum.
Recognized as the pinnacle of their accomplishments since their first performance in 1956, the Ivor Novello Awards celebrate creative excellence in songwriting and songwriting. Six of this year’s ten laureates received an award from the Ivors Academy for the first time, joining a roll call of Ivor laureates which includes Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Judith Weir CBE, Errollyn Wallen CBE, Stan Tracey CBE, Yazz Ahmed, Django Bates and Sir John Rutter.
The Ivors Composer Awards are supported by PRS for Music. BBC Radio 3 will broadcast the ceremony in a special edition of the New Music Show on December 11 at 10 p.m., which will also be available on BBC Sounds.
Julian Joseph OBE, Chairman of the Ivors Academy Awards Committee and Academy Member, said: “Every Ivor Novello awarded tonight ranges from composers and performers to their peers, this is what makes each so distinct and special. I am honored to be a part of recognizing the artistry, imagination and determination that go into creating such wonderful music and soundscapes. The achievements of our winners fill me with joy. admiration and respect and I wish them all my sincere congratulations. “
Andrea Czapary Martin, CEO of PRS for Music, said: “Congratulations to all the winners of this year’s Ivors Composer Awards. The resilience of the classical art, jazz and sound art communities throughout the pandemic has been inspiring, and we look forward to appreciating their remarkable work as part of a live performance when it is safe to do so. I am also proud to say that five of this year’s laureates received the support of our charitable partner, the PRS Foundation. The Ivors Composer Awards highlight the excellence these communities have to offer, and we wish the winners continued success in their careers. “
Alan Davey, Controller of BBC Radio 3 and Classical Music, said: “. times which are still difficult for so many people in the industry. Given the uncertainty for the industry due to yet another coronavirus winter, it is paramount for us at Radio 3 to show our continued support for the impressive songwriting talent – some of them so brilliantly we are sure our Listeners will also rejoice to experience some of the UK‘s most innovative and imaginative new music, once the ceremony proudly airs on our station as part of the New Music Show on Saturday 11 December at 10pm. . “
Jazz Composition – Nikki Iles ‘The Caged Bird’
The prize for jazz composition was awarded to Nikki Iles for his work “The Caged Bird”. Written for a jazz group, it was first performed by the Royal Academy Big Band at the Dukes Hall of the Royal Academy of Music. Iles wrote the play at the start of the UK’s foreclosure in 2020 when his work and new collaborations were called off. She explains that “the whole process of writing this piece was the start of my reconnection to my music and it slowly evolved, reflecting my journey through that time”. The Ivors Academy jury for this category called the piece “beautifully designed, balanced and performed”. Large-scale composition – Anna Thorvaldsdottir Novello Award at the ceremony tonight. “CATAMORPHOSIS” was recognized as the best large-scale composition of the year. The work explores the “fragile relationship between humanity and the planet”. The jury judged the piece to be a “wonderfully distinct and carefully organized world of sound”.Created by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and Kirill Petrenko, the work can be viewed in the digital concert hall of the Berlin Philharmonic.
Small bedroom composition – Alex Paxton ‘Sometimes Voices’
This year’s youngest winner is Alex Paxton (born 1990) who has been nominated for three works and received the Small Chamber Composition Award for his work “Sometimes Voices”. Written for keyboard and drums, the work was commissioned and premiered by Hyper Duo, a Swiss experimental group made up of pianist Gilles Grimaitre and percussionist Julien Mégroz. ‘Sometimes Voices’ is available here.Solo Composition – Martin Iddon ‘Lampades’ The solo composition award went to Martin Iddon for his work ‘Lampades’. Written for tuba and fixed media, the work has been commissioned and performed by Jack Adler-Mckean and can be watched here.Sound Art – Caroline Kraabel ‘London March 26-28, 2020: Imitation: Inversion’ This year’s Sound Art Award went to UK-based American composer Caroline Kraabel for her work ‘London March 26-28, 2020: Imitation : Inversion ‘. The work was written for double bass with baritone, alto and sopranino saxophones as part of a 40-minute film. The film included shots of the deserted city center of London during the UK’s first COVID lockdown, taken on Kraabel’s phone while she was cycling during her exercise time clearance. To create the work, Kraabel recreated and recorded some of the original sounds from the video clips on his alto saxophone for the “imitated” section, then created opposite sounds for the “inverted” section. zeitgeist of the time “and was” an inventive and humorous translation of real-world sounds to instrumental sounds, revealing connections between the organic and the mechanical. “Vocal or choral composition – Thomas Adès ‘Gyökér (Root)’Thomas Adès’ work “Gyökér (Racine)” received the Ivor Novello Prize for vocal or choral composition. The work was commissioned by Oliver Zeffman as part of his “Eight Songs of Isolation” project, and Zeffman received the award on behalf of Adès tonight because he was unable to attend. The text of the work was taken from the Camp Notebook of Hungarian poet Miklós Radnóti which were his last poems written while imprisoned in a forced labor camp at the end of World War II. The 4-minute piece was recorded by mezzo-soprano Katalin Károlyi and percussionist Ricardo Gallardo. The piece is available to listen to here.
Impact Award – Zoe Rahman
MOBO Award-winning jazz composer and pianist Zoe Rahman received the Impact Award. After studying piano at the Royal Academy of Music, Rahman moved to Boston to study jazz at Berklee College of Music.Throughout her career, she has infused influences from her English, Irish and Bengali heritage to write music with swing, lyricism, energy and intimacy. Her sound is imbued with originality and a jazz legitimacy that recognizes her pedigree as a world-class artist, composer and performer. The Ivors Academy has described Rahman as “one of Britain’s most powerful compositional voices and important contemporary artists who shines the spotlight on UK jazz as an international musical force.”
Innovation Award – Cleveland Watkiss MBE
This year’s innovation award celebrated a pioneer in the world of sound; singer and songwriter Cleveland Watkiss. Boasting an eclectic roster of collaborators from Björk, Talvin Singh, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Community Gospel Choir and The Who, Watkiss has been described by the Ivors Academy as “unique in the world and in annuals of British jazz and contemporary music, unclassifiable. ”An innovative musician sensitive to the conditions that allow creative improvisation to flourish, Watkiss inspired and was co-founder of the big band Jazz Warriors.
Collection of exceptional works – Alexander Goehr
The Ivor Novello Prize for Outstanding Works Collection went to Alexander Goehr, recognizing his achievements over a career spanning seven decades. During his stay at the University of Cambridge, Goehr has been a constant force for innovation and discourse in contemporary classical music. and chamber, opera and symphonic “.
Visionary Award – Sarah Angliss
The Visionary Award celebrated the multi-faceted creative technologist and songwriter Sarah Angliss. Classically trained, specializing in Baroque and Renaissance music, Angliss also studied electroacoustic engineering and robotics, and both sides of his education inform his art. his own robotic polyphonic chime, The Ivors Academy, said that Angliss “stays true to its artistic concepts, to create unique compositions that connect to the listener with emotional depth and great beauty, never failing to leave a mark. lasting impression “. Her inventive approach led her to be in high demand for live performances and soundtrack appearance.