Secret Music: May

(Click for the background to the Secret Music listings.)

Friday 3 May: Roca London Gallery: Distractfold Ensemble, 7.15 | Free

In the Zaha Hadid-designed Roca Gallery in, London Manchester’s Distractfold Ensemble, with guest harpist Martino Panizza, present an exciting new programme:

Iannis Xenakis – Mikka S

John Croft – mit schwarzem Glanz

Martin Iddon – Danaë

Charles-Antoine Fréchette – Toposition(s)#2

Concert starts at 7.15, but I’m told there is a pre-concert talk featuring Allard van Hoorn, Mauricio Pauly and others.

Saturday 4 May: Only Connect Theatre: EXAUDI, 7pm | £12/£10

See previous postings. More details here.

Friday 10 May: St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden: Herakles!, 7:30pm | £10

A new piece of surreal and absurdist music-theatre, written and directed by Neil Luck, Herakles! mixes contemporary classical music with concrete poetry, slapstick comedy, free improvisation, Kabuki theatre and Broadway showstoppers. All filtered through the highly idiosyncratic and avant-garde texts of Richard Foreman.

Performed by ARCO (Neil Luck, Adam de la Cour, Chihiro Ono, Benedict Taylor, Sam Rice and others).

Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 May: Tectonics Festival, Glasgow, times and prices vary

First incarnation of this two-day festival of experimental music, curated by Ilan Volkov. The mouth-watering line-up of composers includes Chiyoko Szlavnics, Frank Denyer, Alvin Lucier and Iancu Dumitrescu. Performers include Anton Lukoszevieze, Ilan Volkov, the BBC Scottish SO and Oren Ambarchi.

What with this and their Rzewski/Barry/Feldman/White Prom in August, the BBCSSO under Volkov are in danger of becoming the UK’s leading new music orchestra.

Tuesday 21 May: The Forge, Camden: Sound of the New, 7.30pm | £9/7 online, £10/8 on the door

Second New Dots concert showcasing emerging composers and musicians – five premieres by Michael Cutting, Aaron Holloway-Nahum, Yuko Ohara, Emma-Ruth Richards and Piers Tattersall, played by the Atea Wind Quintet and Richard Uttley (piano).

Tuesday 21 May: Performance Space, City University, London: Plus-Minus, 6pm | Free, but booking necessary

Music for piano, voice, percussion and electronics by Peter Ablinger, Stefan Prins, Simon Steen-Andersen and Georgia Rodgers. Come on, you know want to hear that!

Tuesday 21 May: Café Oto: Kämmer Klang, 8.30pm | £6 on the door

Kämmer Klang marks its 3nd night in the 4th series with a programme of new music composed and performed by Jennifer Walshe (All the Peoples) and Sebastien Roux (Sol le Witt transcriptions) and a selection from John Cage’s 44 Harmonies from Apartment House 1776 performed by Lucy Railton and Leo Chadburn.

[a late addition]: Sunday 26 May: Schott, 48 Great Marlborough Street, London, 6.30pm | Price unknown, but usually a few quid

Florian Steininger plays piano works by Ives, Radulescu, Rihm, Hauer, Clarke and Sorabji.


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