3rd June 2011 Fitkin Salisbury Festival www.salisburyfestival.co.uk FITKIN – seriously exciting, highly rhythmic 9 piece band lead by composer Graham Fitkin. Brass, winds, piano, guitar, bass, percussion and Ruth on bray and lever harps.
Ruth performs with FITKIN on bray harp and lever harp. In 2009 Graham Fitkin put together a stellar line-up of players to form a new nine-piece band. The music is fast, loud, with a hint of gypsy bawdiness and as The Guardian put it ‘a delight that defied all fashionable labels and simply conjured its own whirlygig of ideas with …
Composed by Graham Fitkin, Still Warm takes the intimate and beguiling sound of the harp far from of it’s angelic connotations. Ruth performs on lever harp, Gaelic wire strung harp and buzzing bray harp against an electronically generated canvas of scattered beats and pixellated timbres. Snow Clamp Constant Shame Come Come Battery People Powder Trap Close Hold
Graham Fitkin was inspired by the Hitchcock movie North By Northwest to write the hour long work Kaplan in which the key character in the film doesn’t actually exist. The music takes the listener into a densely rhythmic and multi-layered sound world and is performed on keyboards by Ruth and Graham.
Ruth’s harp music is featured in theatre company Wildworks spectacular installation in Kensington Palace, in the Room of Palace Time alongside metal work pieces designed by Boudicca. In this innovative ‘animated exhibition’, set against the backdrop of the magnificent State Apartments, visitors discover the hidden stories of Kensington Palace. Featuring specially commissioned contemporary fashion installations (by leading designers and artists …
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.
In December 2009 The Operators opened at The Exchange in Penzance. This major new art/sound work is the result of a collaboration between Ruth and visual artist Alessandra Ausenda. It involves a huge dress, a battery of sewing machines and live sewing machinists at work underneath the dress as it rotates. The Operators involves highly integrated sound and visuals, …
The Uncommon Harp is a project involving both performances and commissions, and resulted in Ruth’s first solo album. Ruth is passionate about expanding the repertoire of the small harp and continuing a long tradition of harping in the British Isles.
George Kaplan is the central character in Hitchcock’s film North By Northwest. And yet he doesn’t exist. The idea that George Kaplan existed outside the original film began to fester in composer Graham Fitkin’s mind and inspired a musical and visual performance involving two live musicians and video.
Ruth’s interest in expanding the sound world of the harp has led her to use electronics increasingly in her music.
In March 2007 Ruth was was one of four solo artists invited to perform in the Wapping Project’s Solo Spotlights series. The series focuses on cutting edge music in the atmospheric setting of London’s Wapping Hydraulic Power Station. Artistic director Rolf Hind curated a series of solo evenings which enabled the performers to shape their own events in a site …
Fellow harpist Rhodri Davies curated an evening of John Cage’s music for harps and other instruments at the BALTIC in Gateshead. Ruth joined Rhodri and harpists from the Royal Northern College of Music and Manchester Harp Ensemble for a performance of Cage’s rarely performed Postcards from Heaven, for 1-20 harps. The piece was written in 1982 and first performed at …
30th March 2011 Will Gregory’s Piccard in Space Queen Elizabeth Hall http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk Ruth performs on moog in Will Gregory’s debut opera. A classic adventure about the brilliant physicist Auguste Piccard. On a mission to prove Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, he takes to the skies with his assistant in an airtight capsule. Travelling to a record-breaking 51,000 feet, they survive being …
24th March 2011 Fitkin Ether Festival, QEH, London www.southbankcentre.co.uk/ether FITKIN – seriously exciting, highly rhythmic 9 piece band lead by composer Graham Fitkin. Brass, winds, piano, guitar, bass, percussion and Ruth on bray and lever harps.
26th November 2010 Fitkinwall Wiltshire Music Ruth performs brand new programme for 3 harps of new and ancient music with composer Graham Fitkin.
20th November 2010 Fitkin Huddersfield Festival Seriously exciting, high energy Fitkin band consisting of brass, winds, piano, guitar, bass, percussion and Ruth on harps.
5th November 2010 Charles Hazelwood All Stars Bristol Old Vic Ruth joins conductor Charles Hazelwood in a programme including Terry Riley’s In C.
4th November 2010 Adrian Utley Guitar Orchestra: In C St George’s Bristol 8pm www.stgeorgesbristol.co.uk Ruth joins Portishead’s Adrian Utley and his 20 strong guitar orchestra in Terry Riley’s Classic work: In C
29th October 2010 Fitkin Falmouth 7.30pm High energy Fitkin band consisting of brass, winds, piano, guitar, bass, percussion and Ruth on harps open the new Performance centre at Falmouth University.
28th October 2010 Fitkin Dartington Great Hall www.dartington.org 01803 847070 High energy Fitkin band consisting of brass, winds, piano, guitar, bass, percussion and Ruth on harps
27th October 2010 Fitkin Bath Spa University Fitkin band consisting of brass, winds, piano, guitar, bass, percussion and Ruth on harps.
22nd October 2010 Ruth Wall Portsoy Salmon Bothy, Sound Festival www.sound-scotland.co.uk Ruth performs a brand new programme for 3 harps of new and ancient music with composer Graham Fitkin. Programme inlcudes works from the C16 Robert ap Huw M.S., Astor Piazolla, John Cage
21st October 2010 Fitkin Aberdeen Sound Festival 8pm www.sound-scotland.co.uk Ruth and Graham return to Sound Festival again with FITKIN – all acoustic brass, winds, piano, guitar, bass, percussion and Ruth on bray and lever harps.
20th October 2010 Fitkin Edinburgh, Queen’s Hall www.thequeenshall.net 0131 668 2019 High energy Fitkin band consisting of brass, winds, piano, guitar, bass, percussion and Ruth on harps
6th October 2010 Will Gregory Moog Ensemble with BBC concert orchestra QEH, Southbank, London 7.30pm Ruth joins Will Gregory’s Moog Ensemble, Johnny Greenwood and Charles Hazelwood in the QEH Electronica series.
6th September 2010 Ruth Wall/Rhodri Davies Vale of Glamorgan Festival, Fonmon Castle 7.30 www.valeofglamorganfestival.org 01550 721565 Rhodri and Ruth perform a fascinating new programme centering around musical patterns. Music by Michael Parson, Arvo Part, Carole Finer and a new work by Ruth herself.
30th August 2010 PK Royal Albert Hall 7pm www.royalalberthall.com Ruth joins the BBC concert orchestra in Graham Fitkin’s new work for the Proms based on the history of morse code.
12th August 2010 Late Junction BBC Radio 3 11.15pm http://www.bbc.co.uk//radio3/latejunction/Sessions_homepage.shtml Ruth collaborated with singers Cevanne and Nina at Maida Vale last month to create 2 new works.
18th July 2010 The Passion of Joan of Arc Latitude Festival Carl Theodor Dreyer’s classic silent film accompanied by a new score composed by Goldfrapp’s Will Gregory and Portishead’s Adrian Utley. Performers include six electric guitars, members of the Monteverdi Choir, percussion, horns and Ruth on 3 harps and synth.
26th June 2010 John Cage event Baltic, Gateshead 7pm www.balticmill.com Ruth, Rhodri Davies and members of RNCM will perform music for massed harps by Cage including Postcards from Heaven, the rarely heard score for up to 20 harps.