Arlene Sierra’s new project, Urban Birds for three pianos, electronics and sampled birdsong, has won major funding support and high-profile performances as part of the PRS Foundation's New Music Biennial. The INTER/actions Festival of Interactive Electronic Music was awarded £20,000 to commission and produce the new work. It will feature three international keyboard virtuosi, Sarah Nicholls (London), Xenia Pestova (Bangor) and Kathleen Supove (New York).

The New Music Biennial is presenting a series of 20 new music commissions from every genre to audiences across the UK in 2014. All the commissions will also be presented at two weekend showcases in London (4 – 6 July 2014) and Glasgow (2 – 3 August 2014) coinciding with the Commonwealth Games. The new commissions will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and made available for digital download by NMC Records.

Arlene Sierra writes, "I am delighted to be selected for the New Music Biennial to compose Urban Birds, a piece that juxtaposes natural and electronic sources in an extended pianistic sound world showcasing three formidable soloists. The work will engage musically with one of the central preoccupations of our time: Our relationship with the natural world."

Please visit the dedicated page on the PRS Foundation website for more information.





Game of Attrition CD



Game of Attrition: Arlene Sierra, Vol. 2, is Sierra's latest portrait disc, released by Bridge Records to international critical acclaim.