Gavin Osborn | flutes
Nina Whiteman | mezzo soprano
Alice Purton | cello
TRIO ATEM is one of the UK’s most exciting and dynamic contemporary music ensembles. With only a small number of existing works in the repertoire (Helmut Lachenmann’s temA chief among them), their principal commitment has been to commission new work for the unusual flute-voice-cello combination.
Formed in 2007, concert engagements since include Kings Place, York Late Music Festival, Bridgewater Hall (BBC Philharmonic Ink Still Wet series), Leeds University Contemporary Music Festival, The University of Manchester lunchtime concert series, Liverpool Hope University, Kingston University, and residencies at the RMA Student Conference, and Novars Electroacoustic Studios (The University of Manchester). The trio has recorded on the another timbre label, and received funding for commissioning activities from the PRS for Music Foundation, RVW Trust, and Arts Council England.
Trio Atem is also actively involved in work beyond the concert hall & traditional repertoire formats, exploring new avenues for the ensemble. This includes a series of ‘hypergraphic scores’ by artist Michael Mayhew: The Alchemy Collection (involving spatialised, mobile performances at the Whitworth Art Gallery) and a recent multimedia collaboration – Chthonic Mazes – created by trio members Nina Whiteman and Gavin Osborn.
In 2017, Trio Atem celebrated its tenth birthday with a series of newly commissioned works and a tour funded by Arts Council England.