Liceu Cambra Masterclasses & Concerts is synonymous with great music and musical wisdom shared by the greatest performers and creators. This concert series reaches its ninth edition this year, reaffirming itself as one of the most interesting initiatives of its kind, and, as always expected, a meeting point for the students of the Higher Center of the Liceu Conservatory with the great international masters, and as an appointment for music lovers from Barcelona with the best music.
Tansy Davies, born in 1973, is a musician and composer known for her boundary-breaking and distinctive style. With a background as a horn player, electric guitarist, and vocalist, Davies studied composition with Simon Bainbridge at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and with Simon Holt at Royal Holloway.
One of Davies’s most notable works is “neon,” a gritty collage of twisted modernist funk written for the Composers Ensemble in 2004. This piece quickly became her calling card and has been performed internationally. She has also written works for world-class orchestras, including “Tilting” for the London Symphony Orchestra and “Wild Card” premiered by the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
Davies’s music has been performed by ensembles such as the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, and Ensemble intercontemporain. Her works have been featured at festivals like MaerzMusik, Leeds Lieder, Présences, and Warsaw Autumn.
Inspired by diverse sources such as the architecture of Zaha Hadid, the work of Anselm Kiefer, and the photography of Claude Cahun, Davies’s compositions are brilliantly imaginative. Her fascination with Troubadours’ music is expressed in her song cycle “Song of Pure Nothingness.” “Christmas Eve,” an anthem written by Davies, was performed at the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols and broadcast worldwide.
In addition to her compositions, Davies has also been involved in collaborations with choreographers and opera productions. Her debut opera “Between Worlds,” based on the events of 9/11, received critical acclaim and won the 2016 British Composer Award for Stage Work.
Through her innovative and captivating musical voice, Tansy Davies continues to make a significant contribution to the contemporary music scene.
Liceu Cambra – Masterclasses & Concerts series has the patronage of Ferrer-Salat Music Foundation.