UK-based ondes Martenot player


Upcoming events at which you can hear Josh Semans and the ondes Martenot in action.

Come see my ondes Martenot and I.

I love sharing the ondes Martenot with audiences of all sizes, in all sorts of venues! I’m always working hard to organise more and more opportunities for people to experience the ondes Martenot in person, so if you are interested in having me perform at your venue, festival, or any other event, send me an email! When I perform, I always try to talk a little in between every few pieces, if the programme allows it, introducing those unfamiliar with the ondes to its history, legacy, and playing technique.

A mesmeric performance. The sound of the ondes Martenot has a human subtlety and a crystal purity.
— Francis S.
We’d never seen such an instrument but were stopped in our tracks when Josh played. What a sound!
— Rhian P.
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Enharmonic (Live)

  • Church of All Saints 107 Highcross St England, LE1 4PH United Kingdom (map)
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Commissioned for Journeys Festival 2019, Enharmonic is a series of works which look at the universal language of music through the extraordinary stories of refugees and asylum seekers.

After being left redundant for years, All Saints Church will be reanimated with sonic work, allowing the listener to explore the resonant architecture and its rich history. In addition to the sound installation occupying every corner of the interior, there will be a debut performance of an original composition on the closing night of the exhibition, featuring ondes Martenot, piano, and strings.

Exhibition: 20th - 25th August, 2:00pm - 7:00pm
Live Performance: Sun 25th August, 7.30pm (tickets are free, but booking is required)

Working with sound as both a medium and a subject, Leicester-based artist Miriam Bean primarily creates indeterminate installations alongside musical investigations. Her research into sound perception ranges from physiology to musicology, seeking to find reasons why the brain interprets some sounds as jarring noise and others as expressive, concordant music.

This event is supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund & Arts Council England. It is part of a programme of activity aimed at sharing history and stories of Leicester’s All Saints Church with new audiences, supporting ArtReach’s aim to make All Saints a creative refuge in the heart of the city.

Earlier Event: July 13
Longton Live Day 2
Later Event: October 2