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Metronome Piano Sessions: James Heather

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As part of the Metronome Piano Sessions, James Heather brings piano inspired by Beethoven, Debussy and his neighbours Acid House pirate radio show.

  • When: Wednesday 3 May 2023, 7 pm
  • Location: Metronome, Huntingdon Street, Nottingham, NG1 1AP
  • Cost: £13.50, £5 for students + booking fee
  • Booking deadline: Wednesday 3 May 2023, 7.00 pm
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Event details

Metronome Piano Sessions – bringing together the best pianists from around the world, for intimate seated performances.

Inspired by Beethoven, Debussy and his neighbours Acid House pirate radio show, composing on piano became James Heather’s passion. His art takes as much from electronic music in sensibility and post-rock in its exploration of meditative builds as it does its classical and jazz grounding.

In 2022 Heather releases his second album, ‘Invisible Forces’. The album is about becoming aware of invisible forces around us to help deepen understanding of self and our connection to the world. The tracks (alongside 2021’s ‘Modulations: EP2’) were this time honed on the road, performing at Green ManGlastonburyBerlin Planetarium and many more across Europe.

His approach, that he dubs ‘Pulse Music’, finds him playing freely, with no metronome or notation but instead his instinct deciding where things go. In 2021 he released a new version of ‘And She Came Home’ with added strings for Coldcut’s ambient ‘@0 compilation’ in aid of CALMMind, and Black Minds Matter, with the song being promoted as a double-single alongside Ryuichi Sakamoto.

Heather first released via Ahead Of Our Time in 2017, Ninja Tune founders Coldcut’s label with “Modulations: EP1”, followed by his well received album “Stories From Far Away On Piano”.  In 2018 he was remixed by DJ Seinfeld, Mary Lattimore, Sarah Davachi and Echo Collective for his “Reworks” album.

Supporters include Cillian Murphy, Nils Frahm, Emika, Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder label and The Cinematic Orchestra, who asked him to rework them in 2020.

“A masterful set of contemporary piano pieces. The sound Heather makes is captivating.”Electronic Sound

“Capable of supreme tenderness and yet, tonally, hugely powerful.”Mixmag

“Incredibly emotive pieces. A tender, touching album.”Loud and Quiet (Albums of the Month)

“Masterful contemporary piano.”Dummy

“This classical masterwork seems like it has simply come out of nowhere.”Bandcamp (Albums of the Week)

This event is 14+ (under 16s to be accompanied by an adult).


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Location details


Huntingdon Street


The nearest car park is just behind Metronome, on Brook Street. The sat nav postcode is: NG1 1EA (view on Google maps here), you’re looking out for the Nottingham Arena (Brook St) car park, open 24/7.

Travel Info:

The nearest tram stop is at the Lace Market, a 5 – 10 minute walk from the venue. Nottingham has Park & Ride car parks situated just outside the city, with a regular tram service running throughout the week. Go to to plan your journey.

For buses take your pick! Visit the Nottingham City Transport website to plan your route. Numerous services stop just outside the venue.

Nottingham Station is the nearest train station and a short taxi ride, or 20 – 25 minute walk, from Metronome. You’ll find plenty of taxis outside the station, or use your Uber app.

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