Triptych: The Music of Eliane Radigue

photo © Arnold Binas
12 - 26 June 2011
Christ Church Spitalfields, St. Stephen's Walbrook, Cafe Oto, Rich Mix and Watermans, London
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Sound and Music

Sound and Music presents the first major UK retrospective of the work of Eliane Radigue, one of the most celebrated and influential of living composers. This London-wide festival stages a curated selection of Radigue’s work including her extraordinary compositions for acoustic instruments, her classic electronic compositions and a unique presentation of her installation works.

Since the 1960s Eliane Radigue (born Paris, 1932) has created a singular, powerful and individual body of work that explores slowly evolving states where musical change is perceived as environmental in scale, constant in evolution and virtually imperceptible in transformation. Often monumental in duration, her music communicates a sublime spiritual power, transporting the listener on a journey into the very heart of sound.  A true original, Radigue has followed an artistic path unfettered through association to any schools and trends. She is now celebrated as a true innovator, pioneer and musical visionary. The audience at Triptych will be truly immersed in sound in venues chosen in consultation with the artist for their resonant beauty and rich acoustics.

Christ Church Spitalfields – performances as part of Spitalfields Music's Summer Festival of Radigue’s celebrated collaborations with performers including the first UK performance of the monumental Naldjorlak trilogy and the world premiere of Occam 1 for solo harp, a work completed this year on her 79th birthday.

St. Stephens Walbrook – eight concerts of classic electronic works in one of London’s most beautiful acoustics. This concert series will including the epic Trilogie De Le Mort, a spiritual acoustic journey reflecting on the transcendence of death, and a special concert of Radigue's early and very rarely heard feedback works.

Triptych also features a free public presentation of Radigue’s rarely heard installation works on a series of Sonic Beds designed by sound artist and Radigue collaborator Kaffe Matthews. These instruments have been designed for the audience to lie in and feel sound move up, down and around their bodies in ever changing patterns of vibration.

Works in the Triptych season are performed by leading international musicians who have become key collaborators with Eliane Radigue, including Charles Curtis, Carol Robinson, Bruno Martinez, Kasper T Toeplitz, Rhodri Davies and The Lappetites.

“Eliane Radigue's creative output ranks as one of the most revered oeuvres in all of electronic music.” (Boomkat)
“A total epiphany” (The Wire on Naldjorlak)
“Time stops, sound surrounds, and when it’s done, you’re changed.” (Dusted magazine on Jetsun Mila)
“a steady stream of sonic activity taking place right at the edge of one's perception” (New York Times)

In this project

Event information and booking

Triptych features events across multiple venues. The launch and all concerts start at 7.30pm.

Launch Event

13 June: Cafe Oto, 18-22 Ashwin Street, London, E8 3DL
Emmanuel Holterbach, Eliane Radigue’s assistant and expert on her music, introduces her work.
This event is FREE and unticketed.

Eliane Radigue's Work With Instrumentalists

14 June: Christ Church Spitalfields, Commercial Street, London E1 6LY
Kasper T Toeplitz and The Lappetites each perform versions of Elemental II and Rhodri Davies gives the world premiere of Occam I for solo harp. Presented as part of Spitalfields Music Summer Festival.
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21 June: Christ Church Spitalfields, Commercial Street, London E1 6LY
A complete performance of the monumental three-hour trilogy Naldjorlak, performed by Charles Curtis (cello), Carol Robinson and Bruno Martinez (basset horns). Presented as part of Spitalfields Music Summer Festival.
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Eliane Radigue's Electronic Music

15 - 25 June: St Stephen Walbrook, 39 Walbrook, London EC4N 8BN
An eight-evening retrospective of Radigue’s classic electronic works

Wed 15 June: Trilogie de la Mort I - Kyema
Thu 16 June: Trilogie de la Mort II - Kailasha
Fri 17 June: Trilogie de la Mort III - Koumé
Mon 20 June: Psi 847
Wed 22 June: Early Feedback and Loop Works
Thu 23 June: Jetsun Mila
Fri 24 June: Arthésis, Geelriandre, Biogenesis
Sat 25 June: L'île re-sonante

Book 8-concert pass, 3 concerts for the price of 2, or individual concert tickets.


Enjoy a unique presentation of two of Eliane Radigue’s 1970s installation works, Transamorem – Transmortem and Omnht, staged in the relaxing and immersive setting of two beds with specially installed loudspeakers, designed by sound artist and Radigue collaborator Kaffe Matthews.

Sonic_Bed Scotland by Kaffe Matthews and music for bodies playing Omhnt by Eliane Radigue

Rich Mix, 35 – 47 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6LA
14 - 24 June, 9am - 5pm daily
Bed located in the Lower Café
FREE admission

Sonic_Bed London by Kaffe Matthews and music for bodies playing Transamorem - Transmortem by Eliane Radigue

Watermans, 50 High Street, Brentford, TW8 0DS
12 - 26 June, 12pm - 9pm daily
Bed located in Studio 1
FREE admission

Festival Locations

See a map of the venues used in the Triptych festival here


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