Ten Sails

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Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre & Luke Howard


‘Delicate piano notes dance with the tiny sounds of the keyboard action, only to be picked up by the sweeping timbre of the trumpet.’ Headphone Commute

About this concert

In the European of summer of 2014, pianist/composer Luke Howard and Brooklyn-based trumpeter Nadje Noordhuis recorded an album of miniatures – Ten Sails – on Nils Frahm’s piano in Berlin. Seven years and millions of streams later, they return to their meeting place of Melbourne, where they will perform it together for the first time. Comprising 10 exquisite miniatures, Ten Sails combines cinematic sweep, transportive emotion and rich melodic grandeur.

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Luke Howard piano

Luke Howard is an Australian Music Prize long-listed composer signed to U.K. label Mercury KX. He has toured extensively internationally and released several records, including the ARIA-nominated All That Is Not Solid and The Sand That Ate The Sea. He has worked with film and theatre extensively, working amongst others with Back to Back Theatre and The Royal Ballet at Covent Garden. Luke is one of Australia’s foremost practitioners of contemporary classical music whose work continues to captivate audiences worldwide.

Nadje Noordhuis trumpet

Described as ‘one of the most compelling voices to emerge on her instrument in recent years’ (Dan Bilawksy, All about Jazz), Australian-born trumpeter/composer Nadje Noordhuis possesses one of the most unforgettably lyrical voices in modern music. Her deeply felt, clarion tone and evocative compositional gift meld classical rigor, jazz expression, and world music accents into a sound that is distinctively her own. Noordhuis was one of 10 semi-finalists in the 2007 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Trumpet Competition and was selected as a Carnegie Hall Young Artist in 2012. Based in New York since 2003, she is a member of the multiple Grammy-winning Maria Schneider Orchestra, Grammy-nominated Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, and the Grammy-nominated Anat Cohen Tentet.