Polyphony Arts is delighted to welcome the impassioned composer and artist Nina Danon.
Nina is a Franco-Italian composer and sound artist based in London, where she teaches composition and arranging at the British and Irish Modern Music Institute.
She excels at writing strong memorable melodies, arranging music to tell a story, and finding connections between ideas to come up with imaginative solutions.
Nina’s music allows her to explore her identity as a mother, a woman and a multicultural artist. She specialises in site-specific projects exploring the link between music and the natural world, and projects empowering women and marginalised communities.
The climate emergency is a cause Nina is particularly passionate about. The central idea of the body of work she is currently producing is that, by experiencing (and, crucially, by being an active part of) the natural world through art, we get to empathise with it, gaining a sense of connection, of understanding.
Nina is currently researching how our tactile perception of sounds can enhance our emotional understanding of cetaceans, and is actively looking for projects and collaborations to expand this investigation.
Polyphony Arts is delighted to welcome the remarkable composer Jonathan Rutherford.
Jonathan’s life is devoted to composing. Though he is a well-admired pianist he is first and foremost a composer. He was one of the first fifteen pupils at the Yehudi Menuhin School, and outside the school curriculum he studied composition with Lennox Berkeley. Jonathan has worked with many great teachers such as Nadia Boulanger, Richard Rodney Bennett, and Benjamin Britten.
His piece for Musical Saw, Violin and Soprano “An Intake of Breath” has been loved wherever it has been heard, and the popular “Rejoice! Rejoice!” and “Final Parting” have affected people deeply.
Jonathan’s music is diverse, from pop songs written while still at school between 1967 and 1969, to his atonal writing in the mid 1970s. His discovery of Mahler, and then his visits to Peter Maxwell Davies and Harrison Birtwistle’s courses at Dartington Summer School took his music in new directions. Jonathan’s voice is unique, and isn’t easily pigeon-holed.
Musicians such as Patricia Routledge, Colin Baker, Johnny Morris, Harriet Longman, Jennifer Thorn, Heidi Pegler, and Susanna Wilson have all performed Jonathan’s music, as well as ensembles such as The Eye Bach Choir, Amici, Stowmarket Chorale, The Prometheus Orchestra, Jubilate and the Orford Choir, and the Philharmonia Orchestra.