Pete Harden

Ensemble Klang

Thalia Theatre at Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street, NYC

Wednesday, October 19 at 7:30pm

$25 ($20 with SONiCPass)

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Pete Harden (UK, 1979) is a composer and performer based in the Netherlands. Having moved there in 2000 to pursue composition studies with Louis Andriessen and Richard Ayres, he quickly found himself caught up in the country’s rich cultural life. He is a founding member of Ensemble Klang, for whom he plays guitar and organizes the artistic programming.

As a composer he has worked on a number of large-scale music-theatre pieces, including Carnation (2005), a work for large ensemble and four cars. Recent works have pursued an interest in Information Aesthetics, exploring the beauty of data and its representation. He was a winner at the Apeldoorn Young Composer’s Meeting 2004 for his work The Origin of Species. His work has been called ‘flashy, exciting music’ by De Volkskrant, and he has been featured on ‘Composer of the Week’ on the Netherlands’ Radio 4.

He has had works commissioned and performed by, among others, the Dutch Radio Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra, Orkest de Ereprijs, Ensemble Soil, Marco Blaauw, Dirk Luijmes, Anja Kwekkestein, Trio Scordatura, the Orgelpark (Amsterdam) and Marcel Worms. In 2011 he is working on a short opera based on one of the four ‘Abele Spelen’ for Fast Opera Productions.