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Monday 4 February: Kings Place, Jennifer Walshe: ALL THE MANY PEOPLS, 8pm | £9.50 online/£12.50 on the door
Award-winning Irish composer and performer Jennifer Walshe performs her own work in an evening of experimental composition and film. This evening centres around her maverick composition ALL THE MANY PEOPLS, which features text sourced from Amazon.com message boards about vampire physiology, conspiracy theorist Francis E. Dec, the Courage Wolf meme, 4Chan and Google Autocomplete. These voices are coupled with recordings of satellites, sferics and other interstellar sonic phenomena; sounds taken from mobile phone videos made by U.S. and British soldiers blowing things up on YouTube; detritus from video game voice-overs and field recordings made in Ireland and New York.
Friday 8 February: University of Huddersfield, ELISION, 7.30pm | £7.50/£5/free for students
New works by Alex Jang, Pedro Alvarez, Matthew Sergeant and Luke Paulding, plus Codex IV by Richard Barrett. More coverage of this show to come.
Friday 15 February: Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Alexander Gibson Opera Studio, Richard Craig solo recital, 5.30pm | £6
Works for solo flute by Brice Pauset, John Croft, Brian Ferneyhough and
Salvatore Sciarrino, plus new works by student composers.
Tuesday 19 February: The Forge, Camden, Philip Thomas solo piano, 7pm | £11/£9 online, £12/£10 on the door
A programme of newly commissioned works by British composers Christopher Fox and Bryn Harrison, and Canadian composers Martin Arnold and Cassandra Miller.
Saturday 23rd February: Selfridges [sic], John Cage Orchestra, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm | free
As part of their ‘no noise’ theme (‘In an initiative that goes beyond retail, we invite you to celebrate the power of quiet, see the beauty in function and find calm among the crowds’) Selfridges are hosting three performances of Cage’s 4’33″ in the atrium on level 3. Other events include Sunday afternoon talks from the Idler magazine through January and February. I’m taken by ‘Low effort parenting’ on 24 February.
Monday 25 February: University of East Anglia, Strode Concert Room: Richard Craig and Jonathan Impett play works for bass and contra-bass flutes, metatrumpet, percussion and electronics, evening (time tbc – check for details) | £7/£5.50/£4
Includes works by John Croft, Diana Salazar, Alvin Lucier, Luigi Nono and new works for metatrumpet.
Wednesday 27 February: Glasgow City Halls, Edit Point and Glynn Forrest, 7.30pm | £6
Works for percussion and electronics by Javier Álvarez, Dave Maric, Felipe Otondo, Francesca de Lohe and Matthew Whiteside.
Also Wednesday 27 February: Phipps Hall, University of Huddersfield, Kate Ledger, 8pm | Free
First performance of the full 60-ish minute version of Ben Isaacs‘ solo piano piece too expanding. This has been performed in a highly truncated version before, but this is the first outing of the full version.
Thursday 28 February: Cafe Oto, Phill Niblock at 80, 8pm | £10 adv, £12 on the door
In 2013 minimalist composer Phill Niblock celebrates his 80th year with a massive retrospective at the Lausanne Contemporary Art Centre and a few select dates across Europe with saxophonist and electronic musician Thomas Ankersmit. They include this concert at Cafe OTO, where the pair will present a selection of new works.