Ensemble Amorpha is a London based chamber music ensemble dedicated to bringing contemporary music from around the world to the UK, in a variety of performance formats collaborating with artists in all fields.

"The polished young Ensemble Amorpha ... The ensemble gave clear and committed performances. Cellist Louise McMonagle’s playing was especially vivid, with its powerful combination of precision and intensity. ... Luke Styles’ Ripples of Como, for clarinet and string quartet. The moody, expressively dissonant and undulating first movement evoked something of early Schoenberg, as well as some of the autumnal quality of Brahms’ Clarinet Quintet." Jonathan Russell, Bach Track, 8th October 2013

"Unborn in America, a brash and vibrant satire by Luke Styles (music) and Peter Cant (text), aimed at the anti-abortionists of the Tea Party right. Accompanied by a combo of oboe, cello and percussion, Jessica Walker stylishly incarnated one of the unborn as a slinky cabaret star...what we heard certainly had pizzazz." Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph 9.8.11

"On a quieter note I loved Ilona Jäntti's (and Luke Styles’s) Handspun, an aerialist performance piece set to a live cello solo. Eschewing the usual death-defying circus turns, Jäntti gave us dreamy lyricism, hanging from her rope like a drowsy spider and slowly circling in a golden light. While clearly born of the steeliest skill, the piece gave an impression of profound detachment and peace. I envied her." Luke Jennings, The Observer, Sunday 26 February 2012

Recent Activities:

The winter has been about development! We finished 2013, a year of premieres and new music, with our debut Glyndebourne performance, where we premiered Handspun Slogans by Luke Styles, alongside works by Thomas Adès, Christopher Mayo and Ana Sokolovic. The concert was a sell out and hopefully we will bring the programme to other venues in 2014. We are into development of Unborn in America generously funded by the Hinrichsen Foundation. We have also been undertaking development work with jazz group Tangent on Emulsion. Our recent December development days saw work-shopping of new pieces and ideas for Emulsion III, which will be presented in May. Explore the rest of our website for more details and keep in touch as we reveal more exciting projects.

Next Events

Play (after Beckett),Kings Place 06.04.14. Luke Styles has composed four new musical works to be performed with actors. In each case a wordless duo of musician and performer inhabit a stage to interpret a score of minor gestures, where time and the body seem suspended.

Play (After Beckett) continue's Luke's inquiry into how and where theatricality connects with music. Directed by Peter Cant.

EMUSION III 28th and 29th of May @ Village Underground London Expect unusual programming, interesting use of space, fun and joy in experimentation. For this special 2-night event, ECM artists Food (saxophonist Iain Ballamy and drummer Thomas Strønen) will headline. Also performing are Clowes’ Tangent, Styles’ Ensemble Amorpha, contemporary vocal group Juice and Dan Nicholls’ Strobes+ByramArt (big beats/electrov-improv/integrated visuals). BOOK NOW

Live extract from Shorts_Amorpha, Trails, Filmmaker - Daniel Bisig, Composer - Philippe Kocher

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