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Thursday, September 26, 2019

Oliver Davis: NYCB Fashion Gala premiere

The latest collaboration between Oliver Davis and Edwaard Liang will receive its world premiere by the pre-eminent New York City Ballet as part of their prestigious annual Fashion Gala tonight.

A special one-night-only program, a highlight of the New York social calendar, will celebrate choreography and costume design by showcasing some of todays most exciting artists from the worlds of music, dance and fashion. 'Lineage (New Laing)' is created by BalletMet Artistic Director and former NYCB Soloist Edwaard Liang, with an orchestral score by Oliver Davis and costumes by fashion icon and designer Anna Sui. Further performances of 'Lineage (New Laing)' will take place in New York in September/October 2019 and May 2020 in New York.

'Arcadia' album release – October 4

Davis’ new album 'Arcadia', which is released on 4 October 2019 on Signum Records, also features music composed for Laing as part of a collaboration for the San Francisco Ballet. 'The Infinite Ocean' received its premiere as part of the 2018 Unbound Festival and was recently seen at Sadler’s Wells. The piece was recorded by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Paul Bateman, with Benjamin Baker as soloist.

Title work Arcadia evokes an idyllic serene place and is performed by Huw Watkins alongside Suite for piano and orchestra, which was written for the pianist. Other featured works include Gemini, a two-movement work for violin and strings written for violinist Kerenza Peacock, Inferno, an anarchic single movement piece for solo violin and orchestra and The Elements, written for The Hanke Brothers for the rare combination of piano, viola, recorder and tuba. 

Watch the making of 'The Infinite Ocean' recording

About Oliver Davis (b. 1972)

Oliver Davis graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in 1994 and has since composed numerous concertos, ballet scores, albums, soundtracks and television scores working with many of the major London orchestras.

Oliver’s interest in ballet led to the creation of the album Dance, which was recorded in June 2016 by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios. Dance became Featured Album of the Week on Classic FM and reached no 5 in the UK Classical Charts. PNB have commissioned Davis to write a new ballet for the 2020 season, to be choreographed by Edwaard Liang. Other recent ballet collaborations include Stems, choreographed by Kit Holder of Birmingham Royal Ballet, and Morpheus, choreographed by Peter Walker for Bayerisches Staatsballett Munich. Read more. 


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