Two new albums from FITKIN – Graham’s 9 piece band joined by wonderful Melanie Pappenheim and 2 Bee Gees style countertenors. The music of VENEER celebrates disco from a modern perspective, with twisted lyrics and unexpected combinations of Fitkin energy and Donna Summer like grooves. VAMP is a rollercoaster ride of minimalism, jazz, energetic foot tapping tunes. Journalist and cultural compass Mark Kermode tweeted ”Fantastic evening seeing amazing @fitkinuk band blur the boundaries between prog, avant garde, jazz and skiffle. Mind duly frazzled.”
Image by Lottie Davies
FitkinWall continue touring their latest album LOST after touring Italy, Belgium and UK last year. Buy here: www.fitkin.com/cds Ruth performs on 2 harps and Graham on moog synth, red box, fender rhodes and autoharp. The music is both intimate and intricate and the live show features visuals by Ryan Sharpe. Rhythmic patterns are built up to climaxes and are juxtaposed with bare and stripped away sound worlds.
A beautiful selection of carols for Concert harp, Gaelic wire strung harp and the Renaissance bray harp, in new and wonderful arrangements by composer Graham Fitkin. Festive recitals took place at historic houses and castles throughout Great Britain. Album available on iTunes, amazon and fitkin.com
TOUR DATES 2014
4 December 2014 Scorrier House, Cornwall
6 December 2014 Culzean Castle, Ayrshire
8 December 2014 Kellie Castle, Fife, Scotland
9 December 2014 The Sage, Gateshead
10 December 2014 Falkland Palace, Fife
11 December 2014 St George’s Hall, Liverpool
13 December 2014 Sutton House, London
To listen to excerpts from the carols please visit https://soundcloud.com/ruth-wall-harp
Harps – Ruth Wall
Composer – Graham Fitkin
Images – Steve Tanner
Videos – Morgan Lowndes
FitkinWall performed at TEDx London in June 2016, playing music from LOST, in a line up including Stephen Hawkins, Francesca Beard and Talvin Singh. She features on lever harp throughout LOVING VINCENT – the world’s first fully painted animated film with music by Clint Mansell, and on solo harp in Ben Wheatley’s 2012 award winning film SIGHTSEERS, soundtrack by Jim Williams.
She recorded on concert harp with Bafta winning composer John Lunn (of Downtown Abbey fame) for the BBC series THE WHITE QUEEN and features on bassist Charlie Jones’ latest album, LOVE FORM, trumpeter Noel Langley’s album EDENTIDE and saxophonist Simon Harem’s album MONO’DIA.
Ruth appeared as soloist in the Radio 4 play ‘THE FAIR MAID OF PERTH’, featuring David Tennant. She plays Gaelic wire strung harp and sings. Music was composed by Ross Hughes.
In April 2012 Ruth performed at the Royal Opera House in Graham Fitkin’s new opera HOME. Jasmin Vardimon directed the opera which is scored for two singers, three dancers and the nine musicians of Graham’s band.
In March 2012 Ruth performed with Nolwenn Leroy at the French Grammys , the Victoires de la Musique in Paris. Nolwenn had been nominated for an award, following on from the success of her new album ‘BRETONNE’ which features Ruth’s wire and lever harps.
In November 2011 Ruth performed with Goldfrapp again in their Little Noise Show in aid of Mencap. The show featured many of the beautiful tunes from their SEVENTH TREE album. She also toured with her 3 harps and performed Reich’s Piano Phase on harp at QEH London and Sage Gateshead in December. In October Ruth performed on concert harp in New York in a packed Lincoln Centre show of the stunning new score by Will Gregory and Adrian Utley which accompanies Carl Theodor Dreyer’s 1928 cinematic masterpiece – The Passion of Joan of Arc.
Recent highlights include performing Steve Reich’s gigantic work Four Organs in Krakow, Ruth performed alongside Will Gregory, Graham Fitkin and Ross Hughes on Farfisa organs. The performance took place on an enormous old steel factory, in the now desolate communist district know as Nowa Huta. The Sacrum Profanum Festival in Krakow dedicated a week to Reich’s music, in honour of his 75th birthday. Steve Reich attended the concert and loved the performance.
Ruth plays solo lever harp throughout Ben Wheatley’s award winning film SIGHTSEERS, music composed by Jim Williams. She features on the BBC series THE WHITE QUEEN, music composed by Bafta winning John Lunn (of Downtown Abbey fame). The series features Ruth on concert harp. In 2013 Ruth appeared as soloist in the Radio 4 play ‘The Fair Maid of Perth’, featuring David Tennant. She played Gaelic wire strung harp. Music composed by Ross Hughes.
In 2010-11 Ruth is working on a new album. This will feature her Bray, Wire and Lever harps and will expore her obsession with ancient harp ornamentation. Collaborators include Alex Lee, Will Gregory, Adrian Utley, Graham Fitkin, gavin Bryars.
This year she has recorded again with Nolwenn Leroy on her new album ‘Bretonne’ (produce by Jon Kelly) which has just gone platinum in France.
Highlights from 2010 include performing with BBC concert orchestra, Charles Hazelwood and Will Gregory in the South bank’s Electronica series, playing John Cage with Rhodri Davies and 19 other harpists at the Baltic and touring with the amazing new 9 piece FITKIN band