Evening concerts

10-11 March, 7pm
£12 advance / £14 door / £8 student and concs / £20 for a 2-night Festival Pass

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Hallé St Peter’s
40 Blossom Street, Ancoats,
Manchester M4 6BF

On 10-11 March, Distractfold Ensemble curate Cut & Splice, a two-day festival of sound art and experimental music. Distractfold have long been champions of programming acoustic works alongside electronic pieces, and this festival sees them expand their singular vision to encompass installations and sound art as well.

 

The festival stretches from the theatrics of Steven Kazuo Takasugi’s hyperactive The man who couldn’t stop laughing and the balletic tension of Sivan Cohen-Elias’ Hack, to the jitterbug dance of the speaker cone as it pulses out spatial explorations by Lee Fraser, Helena Gough or Ana Dall’Ara-Majek. From the sound art installations of Adam Basanta and Lee Patterson to the roaming, participatory sound walks of Christina Kubisch. From the bass clarinet and string trio of Fabrice Fitch’s Agricola IXe to the repurposed objects of Hanna Hartman’s specially commisioned new work Dust Devil. From the purely acoustic sounds of Murat Çolak’s A song sung together to the electronics of Elsa Justel’s GWERZ and Denis Smalley’s Empty Vessels, via those strange intermediaries: pieces by Mauricio Pauly, Sam Salem, Sabrina Schroeder and Katherine Young that mix electronic and acoustic and where, in a tumble of wires, sliders and black boxes, it becomes impossible to tell where synapses end and circuit board begins… – David Pocknee

Friday 10 March

7 pm

Steven Kazuo Takasugi (US)
The man who couldn’t stop laughing, music theatre for amplified quartet and playback (2012-14) **

Denis Smalley (UK / NZ)
Empty Vessels, spatially diffused electroacoustic work (1997)

Katherine Young (US)
bow breath crow, for amplified string trio and spatialised electronics (2017) *

Fabrice Fitch (UK / FR)
Agricola IXe, for bass clarinet and string trio (2016)

Helena Gough (UK)
Silt, spatially diffused electroacoustic work (2007)

Mauricio Pauly (UK / CR)
Charred Edifice Shining, for amplified string trio with performative electronics (2016)

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All performances will be recorded by BBC Radio 3 for broadcast in Hear and Now on 25 March and 1 April, 2017.

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** UK premiere

Saturday 11 March

7 pm

Sivan Cohen-Elias (US / IL)
Hack, for two solo guitars (2014-16) **

Murat Colak (US / TR)
A song sung together, for violin, cello, tenor sax and flute (2015) **

Lee Fraser (UK)
Reliq Ens, spatially diffused electroacoustic work (2017) *

Sam Salem (UK)
The Great Inundation, for object operators & cello  (2017) *

Ana Dall’Ara-Majek (FR / CA)
Bacillus Chorus, spatially diffused electroacoustic work (2016)

Sabrina Schroeder (UK / CA)
Bone Games, for amplified ensemble, live-operated mechanics and electronics (2016)

Elsa Justel (AR)
GWERZ, an 8-channel electroacoustic work (2002)

Hanna Hartman (DE / SE)
Dust Devil, Cut & Splice 2017 commission for performative installation and operators *

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All performances will be recorded by BBC Radio 3 for broadcast in Hear and Now on 25 March and 1 April, 2017.

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* World premiere
** UK premiere

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