Secret Music: March

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Friday 1 March and Saturday 2 March: various venues, Oxford: Audiograft Festival, times and prices vary

Last couple of days of Oxford Brookes’ Audiograft festival of contemporary music and sound art. Lots of events at the university and around Oxford, including soundwalks, exhibitions, and music by Ray Lee, Daniel Teruggi and Susanna Borsch (Friday), and Lee, Thomas Anksermit, Ornis, Valerio Tricoli and Phill Niblock (Saturday). Visit the site for venues, times and booking.

Tuesday 5 March, St Paul’s Hall, Huddersfield: R. Andrew Lee, Minimalism in Twelve Parts, VI, 7:30pm

R. Andrew Lee’s 12-part recital series of classic and contemporary minimalism arrives in the UK for four concerts. The first features Richard Glover’s Logical Harmonies (1), along with music by Tom Johnson and Jürg Frey.

Wednesday 6 March: University of Wolverhampton: R. Andrew Lee, Minimalism in Twelve Parts, VII, 1.00pm | £5

Minimalism in Twelve Parts moves on to Wolverhampton, for an afternoon concert of Michael Jon Fink, William Susman and Scott Unrein.

Friday 8 March: LSO St Luke’s: Navarra Quartet, The Shapes of a Square, 7.30pm | £10/£5 students online or from the Barbican Box Office (020 7638 8891)

Music for string quartet by Henri Dutilleux, Christopher Theofanidis, Giovanni Albini, Gustavo Penha and Aaron Holloway-Nahum. Concert presented by the Riot Ensemble.

Friday 8 and Saturday 9 March: Cafe Oto: R. Andrew Lee, Minimalism in Twelve Parts, VIII and IX, 8 pm (Fri) 6 pm (Sat) | both nights £10 in adv/£12 on the door/£18 two day pass

Lee’s Minimalism series comes to London with two concerts at Cafe Oto to celebrate the release of his recording of Dennis Johnson’s 5-hour minimalist epic, November.

Friday’s concert will include four pieces by Paul A. Epstein, the quasi-improvisatory Inner Cities 2 and Inner Cities 8 by Alvin Curran, and the beautiful simplicity of Jürg Frey’s Klavierstück 2. Saturday’s concert will be November in all its glorious length (note the early start time). Lee’s commercial recording of the piece (a joint production between Irritable Hedgehog and Penultimate Press), will be available at a discount price.

Saturday 9 March: Hayward Gallery: Harmonic Series, 7.00pm | £11

Busy night this – there’s also a great looking show at the Hayward Gallery as part of the Light Show exhibition now on. Pieces performed among the artworks include Alvin Lucier’s Wave Songs, Morton Feldman’s Voices and Cello, and two pieces by Andrew Hamilton.

Sunday 10 March: The Forge, Camden: Charles Blandy and Rodney Lister, 7.00pm | £11/£9 online, £12/£10 on the door

20th and 21st century American songs for tenor and piano by Virgil Thomson, Arthur Berger, Charles Blandy, Randall Woolf, Jefferson Friedman, Nico Muhly, David Little and Stephen Fiegenbaum.

Monday 11 March: St Paul’s Hall, Huddersfield: Ryan Muncy, saxophone, 7.30pm | £7.50/£5

Pieces by Aaron Cassidy, Chaya Czernowin, Aaron Einbond, Ray Evanoff, Andy Isaac, Sam Park and a new piece for baritone sax by Evan Johnson, Largo calligrafico / “patientiam”.

Tuesday 12 March: St John’s, Smith Square, Stephen Montague Birthday Celebrations, 1.05 pm | £5 and 7.30 pm | £14/£10

70th birthday celebrations for the composer and animateur, Stephen Montague. Includes one of my favourite Montague pieces At the White Edge of Phrygia.

Lunchtime concert features the following Montague pieces: A Dinner Party for John CageAutumn Leaves collection, Five Easy PiecesTsunamiSnowscape, Organ Stop (wp)

Evening concert features Intrada 1631, Snowscape, Behold a Pale HorseNight Tracks (wp), At the White Edge of PhrygiaDark Sun – August, 1945

Monday 18 March: Kings Place: Plus-Minus, 8.00 pm | £12.50/£9.50 online

Plus Minus presents a concert of works tracing the ensemble’s unique range of interests — from alternative notions of music theatre through to the micro-investigation of sound and high-concept approaches to contemporary music making. Two UK premieres by Jennifer Walshe and Joanna Bailie will join new pieces especially written for the group by Newton Armstrong and James Weeks.

Sunday 24 March: Sonic Fusion, Salford: Distractfold, 1pm | Free, but pre-booking recommended

Concert takes place at the Peel Hall, University of Salford. Programme looks great: includes works by Clara Iannotta, Ben Isaacs, Martin Iddon, Steve Davismoon, Daan Janssens and Ray Evanoff.


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