This turned out to be a sombre, shadowed piece, the hum and stab of anxiety and trepidation carried by the strings as Roderick Williams forcefully phrased King’s words of hope.Mahan Esfahani, Recital, Wigmore Hall, London (July 2016)The Six Etudes of 30-year-old Daniel Kidane brought us right up to the present, offering textures of great finesse and shards of Ligetian playfulness (even adding an intentionally jarring hotel reception bell to the sixth).BBC Philharmonic Orchestra , Bridgewater Hall, Manchester (April 2016)Daniel Kidane's Sirens plunged from sonnets 153 to 154 to a pulsating, foot-tapping Mancunian nocturne, topped off with a quesy morning-after.…well-attuned to the homoeroticism of Shakespeare’s poems; creating a febrile sense of a heady cruise through Manchester’s gay village. He has had his work performed extensively across the UK and abroad by the Royal Scottish National, BBC Philharmonic, Chineke! They gave the world premiere of his Flux and Stasis, nine compelling minutes of tautly constructed, vibrantly imagined movement and colour, inspired by a mirage that Kidane experienced in Eritrea. The British Music Collection is an organic collection, which grows all the time as more and more composers create profiles and contribute their work, and I was keen to continue this worthy ethos of inclusivity.Working closely with three young violinists from London Music Masters (Bea, Michelle and Oscar), some of who had no prior experience of notating music but were really keen to learn, was very inspiring and uplifting. In terms of the music's resources of string harmonics and tremolos, and chordal mightiness for the piano, Kidane has perhaps drunk deep at the Messiaen oasis, but the 10-minute piece did speak of stridently lit mysteries, and did so with rigour and assurance. Daniel has also participated in the London Philharmonic Orchestra's Leverhulme Young Composers' Programme, which culminated with an orchestral premiere at Queen Elizabeth Hall. In horology, a tourbillon counteracts the effects of gravity on a watch's escapement. These composers who have withstood the test of time and have entered the classical music hall of fame enjoy what many composers yearn for – repeat performances galore, monthly CD releases and prevalence centuries after they have passed. He studied for a BMus (Hons) at the Royal Northern College of Music and continued on as a Masters student, studying with Gary Carpenter and David Horne. "Daniel began his musical education at the age of eight when he started playing the violin. The BBC artist page for Daniel Kidane. It made me keen to hear more both of Kidane and of the Fournier Piano Trio themselves.Much more of a stretch for them was Flux and Stasis by Daniel Kidane, the result of the young composer's travels in East Africa in 2009 and his experience of and musical reaction to a mirage, an easily explained natural phenomenon and one with just as easily understandable visionary implications. Daniel Kidane‘s music has been performed extensively across the UK and abroad as well as being broadcast on BBC Radio 3, described by the Financial Times as ‘quietly impressive’ and by The Times as ‘tautly constructed’ and ’vibrantly imagined’.. Daniel began his musical education at the age of eight when he started playing the violin. In June, London Music Masters and Sound and Music joined forces in an exciting new collaboration with composer Daniel Kidane.Daniel, who wrote a piece as part of the London Music Masters' commisioned Many Voices collection in 2018, also recently closed the Last Night of the Proms in 2019 with the BBC Symphony Orchestra with his well-received piece, Woke. Not only were these pieces eventually scored, but the children participated in live rehearsals with LMM Ambassador Agata Szymczewska, who helped them understand how their music could be lifted from the page and into performance. The music eventually settles into lush, sonorous harmonies.Composer Daniel Kidane says he wants to channel his optimism for the future through music, and the result is a brightly coloured tone-poem which the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Sakari Oramo’s genial direction that turns into an agreeable aperitif for what is to come.But I end at the beginning, with Daniel Kidane’s Woke, the title reminding us to be constantly aware of racism, but the music is inherently interesting in itself, kick-started by a wood-block (like a woodpecker) and teeming into life with long-held strings and chattering parts underneath, eventually coming to a unanimous halt before more rat-a-tat-tat pulses reigniting the music, before eventually building to a ringing climax, though not before the modern plastic equivalent of the ancient bullroarer made air.
Recent projects include the premiere of his orchestral work Recent commissions for Michala Petri (recorder) and Mahan Esfahani (harpsichord) were released on CD and premiered in the UK at Wigmore Hall. Often drawing from experiences from his own background and upbringing, Kidane’s compositions explore social narratives, especially multilingual interactions in everyday life. Usually things or people that are deemed important take the forefront and the value bestowed on them is determined by human perception and opinion. In collaboration with London Music Masters, we're excited to introduce Daniel Kidane's curation project for the British Music Collection - Daniel Kidane's Composer Club. When we try a new tasty dish, or watch an exciting new film, it is natural to be enthusiastic about it, and to seek reassurance that the things we enjoy are liked by others, too. This turned out to be a sombre, shadowed piece, the hum and stab of anxiety and trepidation carried by the strings as Roderick Williams forcefully phrased King’s words of hope.The Six Etudes of 30-year-old Daniel Kidane brought us right up to the present, offering textures of great finesse and shards of Ligetian playfulness (even adding an intentionally jarring hotel reception bell to the sixth).Daniel Kidane's Sirens plunged from sonnets 153 to 154 to a pulsating, foot-tapping Mancunian nocturne, topped off with a quesy morning-after.…well-attuned to the homoeroticism of Shakespeare’s poems; creating a febrile sense of a heady cruise through Manchester’s gay village. and CBSO Youth Orchestras, as well as Roderick Williams (baritone), Michala Petri (recorder) and Mahan Esfahani (harpsichord).
I'm glad that it was included on this disc because, among all the sweets, it gives listeners something meaty on which to chew.Tourbillon, the contribution of the youngest composer on the disc, British shooting star Daniel Kidane, born in 1986, was written for Michala and Mahan’s CD – a work partly disturbingly mono-manic and circling around itself, partly highly virtuosic, but with lyric moments.Daniel Kidane’s works are packed with incident and expression, braiding together sounds and entwining groups of instruments to create a meta-instrument that deftly weaves through novel timbres.Later that night, your intrepid correspondent braved a recorder quintet in order to hear in the same programme the Australian cellist Pei-Jee Ng premiere Metamorphosis by the Royal Northern College of Music student Daniel Kidane.