SoundState: Oliver Christophe Leith playlist

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 - 07:38

Taking place later this month, our SoundState festival celebrates exciting new classical music from all over the world – including London-based composer Oliver Christophe Leith.

Leith has been commissioned by the likes of the London Sinfonietta, Festival Aix-en-Provence, the London Symphony Orchestra and the Tanglewood Music Festival, among numerous others. At SoundState he presents a currently untitled new work, played by the London Sinfonietta and conducted by Jonathan Berman. Ahead of that performance, we asked the composer if he could tell us about five pieces of music that he considers influential.

Oliver Christophe Leith at Southbank Centre


Prayer o doctor Jesus: Miles Davis - Gil Evans

I was so obsessed with this growing up that I have an edited version of this that loops from 3.11-4.00. I think that 3.25 is the best moment ever in all music.


Les Fleurs: Minnie Ripperton

Another great build, the swooping lines and glissando, I could also make a nice loop out of this, also so fantastic that I’ve sung this without knowing a shred of the lyrics for years.


Yèkèrmo Sèw: Mulatu Astatke

The whole of this album is great, Ethiopiques vol.4, something about the out of tune horns I’m into. It sounds sunny.


Ima read: Zebra Katz

I haven’t listened to it in ages but when I first did it made me think about repetition and minimal lyrics etc, I like it.


Fall: Micachu & The Shapes

I accidentally listened to this bringing to life an old computer yesterday and I had forgotten how absolutely loose and beautiful it is.


Southbank Centre’s SoundState took place Wednesday 16 – Sunday 20 January, 2019

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