THE FIRST SINGLE KOŁYSANKA (BY NICK MARTIN) IS OUT NOW WITH PLATOON
PIORO IS CURRENTLY ARTIST IN RESIDENCE AT THE SOUTHBANK CENTRE, WITH FOUR APPEARANCES SCHEDULED IN THE FORTHCOMING SEASON
Daniel Pioro has today announced his brand-new album Saint Boyand revealed the first track release from it – an interpretation of Nick Martin’s Kołysanka. Saint Boy, scheduled for release with Platoon on 13 January 2023is a collection of ancient and contemporary, sacred and secular music for solo violin, chamber organ and string quartet. From the liturgical ritual of Hildegard von Bingen to the beauty of Laurence Crane, Saint Boy is a demonstration of Daniel’s technical virtuosity, imagination and belief in the storytelling potential of music. Daniel says:
‘I would like the listener to imagine they are walking through a cathedral for the first time. Each piece is a stained glass window telling its own story’.
A devotion to sound lies at the heart of this album. Pioro invites the listener to sit within the four walls of his violin, to be enveloped by its voice, and to have the inner workings and mysteries of the instrument revealed as he performs a kaleidoscope of music, including works he composed, arranged, and commissioned.
Speaking about Saint Boy, Pioro adds:
‘I find those two words, sat side-by-side, so beautiful. There is something irreverent about the combination of Saint and Boy. Street culture meets ancient Monastic life. The album hovers around and attempts to engage with the sacred in sound, or at least how we perceive it with Western Classical ears. It is, on the surface, an homage to the great music of the past yet within this programming there is irreverence and rebellion too’.
Daniel Pioro is a soloist, collaborative artist, and advocate for new and experimental music. After making his debut at the BBC Proms in 2019, where his performance of Jonny Greenwood’s new violin concerto was described as “ inventive and engaging” by The Daily Telegraph, Daniel continues to grow his international career.
Daniel was recently confirmed as the Artist In Residence at the Southbank Centre and will commence his residency with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Andrew Manze on 26th October 2022, performing the London premiere of Tom Coult’s violin concerto Pleasure Garden, and a performance of Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending as part of the composer’s 150th anniversary celebrations. He will then return in January to perform an all-day cycle of Biber’s Rosary Sonatas with organist James McVinnie in an immersive event, incorporating the sunrise and sunset over London.
Organ/Chamber organ – Katherine Tinker
Jonathan Morton – Violin
Clio Gould – Violin
Oliver Wilson – Viola
Clare O’Connell – Cello
Saint Boy tracklist:
GiuseppeTartini – Violin Sonata in G Minor, GT 2.g05 “Devil’s Trill”: I. Larghetto affettuoso
Giuseppe Tartini – Violin Sonata in G Minor, GT 2.g05 “Devil’s Trill”: II. Allegro (Tempo giusto)
Giuseppe Tartini – Violin Sonata in G Minor, GT 2.g05 “Devil’s Trill”: III. Andante – Allegro
Nick Martin – Kołysanka
Hildegard von Bingen – O Ecclesia (O Ecclesia (Arr. for Violin and Chamber Organ by Tom Coult)
Lilja María Ásmundsdóttir – A Glimpse of an Open Heart
Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber – The Agony in the Garden
Laurence Crane – 2020 Music
Daniel Pioro – Saint Boy
J.S Bach – Erbarm’ dich mein, o Herre Gott, BWV 721