The Fitkin Band are performing newly commissioned work this year at three festivals - Cheltenham, Swansea and Glasgow. We are joined by the wonderful Melanie Pappenheim for these concerts.
Here is how the Daily Telegraph reviewed the premiere at Cheltenham -
'With the concert from the Fitkin Band, we could simply sit back, savour the drinks and nibbles at the venue’s cabaret-style tables, and enjoy the ride.
Fitkin used to be the hard man of British minimalism. He had a penchant for one-syllable titles like ‘Log’, and his music was similarly ungiving, assailing our ears with loud repeating patterns shifted in unpredictable ways to give a ‘kick’ of energy.
As this concert showed, the one-syllable titles have remained, as has the dancing energy, but Fitkin has mellowed. He schmoozed the audience like an American jazzer, apologising for his terrible taste in shirts. The old Fitkin sound of hammered keyboards was softened by harp and keening saxophones and trumpets.
In the soft-centred songs, beautifully sung by Melanie Pappenheim and counter-tenors Fergal Mostyn Williams and Tom Scott-Cowell, one might say he’d maybe mellowed a bit too much. But the dance pieces in the first half of the show were terrific, like 70s disco filtered through American minimalism, building up layers of conflicting pulses in an irresistibly energising way.'