About / Bio
Fuelled by the the explosion of independent artistic activity created by the pandemic, and having collaborated on Vol. 1 of Stephanie’s Unaccompanied: Tiny Works for Quarantine, soprano Stephanie Lamprea and bassist James Banner have since developed an understanding of musical priorities characterised by committed and fearless performance and their shared interests in working collaboratively with new artists in interdisciplinary and DIY projects, which seek to push and challenge their own artistic approaches whilst creating socio-politically engaged work. Both are experienced improvisors and have presented solo and ensemble works widely across the US and EU with established composers, festivals and curators working within and beyond contemporary classical, avant-garde, jazz and improvised music, everywhere from grassroots independent venues to concert halls.
The 2021/22 season will see Stephanie and James work together on TEXTS, which has commissioned 6 writers to create new texts for the duo and features guest improvisers from New York and Berlin, premiere new works by Scottish/Scotland-based composers at soundfestival (Aberdeen) as well as continuing to develop and document new works with composers worldwide.
Stephanie and James are currently commissioning or collaboratively developing the following pieces, which will see premieres and recordings in 2022:
lines going this way and lines going that way – Oscar Ridout (UK) – text by Agnes Martin
twenty-four hokku on a modern theme – Sergi Puig Serna (ES/AT) – text by Amy Lowell
mulch to feed the orchid’s flame – Yaz Lancaster (US) – text by Samuel Tongue
new work – Sean X Quinn (AUS/DE)
new work – Rania Chrysostomou (UK)
please contact us if you are interested in having a work performed (solo/duo, with or without electronics) or collaborating!
They will also work with Sean X Quinn on EXO, a cycle of work for soprano, double bass and bass flute which will tour the UK and EU in the 2022/23 season.
24.10.2021. – soundfestival Aberdeen – 11am, Aberdeen Art Gallery (solo and duo works by Sonia Allori, Georgina MacDonell Finlayson, Ben Lunn, Kevin Leomo, Aileen Sweeney, Emily Doolittle, Rylan Gleave, Ailie Robertson)
22.3.2022 – fusebox, Leeds – improvised set
23.3.2022 – Birmingham Conservatoire, for Birmingham New Music – composer workshop and performance