The Music of Eliane Radigue - Camden Art Centre

Nothing moves fast in the work of the French composer Eliane Radigue

Her pieces unfold very gradually, their beautiful sustained surfaces illuminating the smallest details and subtle shifts in timbre. After spending a number of decades working almost exclusively with the Arp synthesizer and magnetic tape, she turned to writing for acoustic instruments in 2001. Her series of instrumental and ensemble pieces called ‘Occam’ – after the theory of philosopher William of Ockham that the simplest option is always the best – are written for specific performers and are communicated verbally to the players; there are no written scores.
This programme of her work featured three musicians who all played the pieces that were written for them.

Angharad Davies (violin)
Julia Eckhardt (viola)
Dominic Lash (double bass)

Eliane Radigue: Occam IV
Eliane Radigue: Occam XVII
Eliane Radigue: Occam XXI
Eliane Radigue: Occam River XV

Part of a programme of events hosted by composer, Laurence Crane.


Laurence Crane is closely associated with the ensemble Apartment House, who have given over 40 performances of his works. Compositions written for Apartment House include John White in Berlin, which is featured on the soundtrack of Beatrice Gibson’s new film I Hope I’m Loud When I’m Dead. In the past five years there have been four CDs released of his music; by Apartment House, and by the ensembles Cikada and Asamisimasa, both from Norway, and by the Ives Ensemble, from the Netherlands. His piece Octet, composed for Plus-Minus Ensemble, was shortlisted for the 2009 Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards, in the Chamber-Scale Composition category, and in 2017 he was a recipient of a Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award. He is currently a Professor of Composition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.