Secret Music: April

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Thursday 11 April: Cafe OTO: Synthesized Voices of the Revolutionary Utopia, 8pm | £4

Not a concert as such. Instead, an illustrated talk by Andrey Smirnov, Director of the Theremin Centre at the Moscow State Conservatory, on early Soviet experiments with audio synthesis and graphical sound. Presented as part of The Wire‘s Salon series of events. Looks fascinating.

Monday 15 April: St Paul’s Hall, Huddersfield: Carl Rosman, 7.30pm | £7.50/£5/free for students

Solo recital from the clarinet monster that is Carl Rosman. Programme includes pieces by Aperghis, Barrett, Cassidy, Grisey, Evan Johnson and Rebecca Saunders, plus new works by Huddersfield postgrads. Ridiculous.

Saturday 20 April: The Great Hall, University of Leeds: Standing Waves: Performing the Music of Alvin Lucier, 12–6pm | Free

Mixed installation/concert event of works by Alvin Lucier. The focus is on pieces involving resonance, and the works lined up so far make for an awesome programme: Music on a Long Thin Wire, I am sitting a room, Chambers, Music for Cello With One or More Amplified Vases, Charles Curtis, Music for Pure Waves, Bass Drums and Acoustic Pendulums, and Bird and Person Dyning.

Part of University of Leeds’ Contemporary Music Weekend. As is …

Saturday 20 April: Clothworkers Centenary Hall, University of Leeds: Ensemble Brumaires (Ian Pace, Mark Knoop and guests), 7.30pm | £10/£5 students

Music for piano(s) and/or percussion by James Dillon, Matthew Shlomowitz, Alistair Zaldua, Brian Ferneyhough and Béla Bartók.

Monday 22 April: Cafe OTO: Kammer Klang, 8pm | £6

Swiss/Brit ensemble We Spoke play percussion works by Steve Reich (including Drumming) and Fritz Hauser. Plus a set from Martin Creed’s band.

Tuesday 23 – Thursday 25 April: BFI: Streetwise Opera, 6.15pm/8.15pm | £22.50/£15

Streetwise Opera bring their ninth major production, The Answer to Everything, to the BFI. The film mixes performances from homeless and ex-homeless performers with a handful of professionals; the soundtrack features new commissions by Emily Hall, Orlando Gough and Gavin Bryars, as well as music by Britten, Handel and Vivaldi. Will tour as both a film and live production later in the year.

Thursday 25 April: Austrian Cultural Forum: Ensemble Amorpha, Global Austria, 3, 7.00pm | Free

Ensemble Amorpha return to the ACF London to present Global Austria III, a concert of works by composers whose creative lives have been shaped by the musical energies of Austria. It features solo and duo works by Julia Purgia, Johannes Maria Staud, Olga Neuwirth and Schoenberg.

Thursday 25 April: The Forge, Camden: Juliet Fraser and Mark Knoop, Songs about words, 8.00pm | £11/£9 online, £12/£10 on the door

A programme of experimental song including works by Mauricio Kagel, Charles Ives and Laurence Crane, and a newly-commissioned cycle by Matthew Shlomowitz.

Saturday 27 April: Great Hall, Goldsmiths College: Ian Pace, Mark Knoop and guests, 7.30pm

London date for the Saturday 20th programme.


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