BEAST FEaST 2018: BEASTopia!

Location
Barber Concert Hall - Barber Institute of Fine Arts, The Bramall
Category
Arts and Law, Performance
Dates
Wednesday 25th (19:30) - Saturday 28th April 2018 (22:00)
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Contact

For full programme details and tickets please see beast.bham.ac.uk.

BEAST FEaST 2018

Rooted in the modernist idea that no sound lies outside the realm of music, 'all sounds are created equal', electroacoustic music is often discussed in the context of democracy and equality. The development of electroacoustic music is partly dependent upon the democratisation of technology, with laptops and smartphones giving rise to a 'music from the bedroom studios'.

Whether seeking sonic inspiration in the roar of political crowds, or deliberately blurring the boundaries and hierarchies between composers, performers and listeners, electroacoustic composers and sound artists have frequently sought inspiration in principles of democracy and equality.

Join BEAST and featured artists Brona Martin, Georgina Born, Nicholas Bullen, Mari Fukimoto and Horacio Vaggione as we explore democracy and equality in relation to all its possible manifestations in electroacoustic music including sound, genre, representation, and technology.

All events are ticketed unless otherwise stated.

  • Wednesday 25 April
  • 19:30 concert
    Bleep43 invite you this fully immersive event with four of our favourite artists.

Venue: Elgar Concert Hall, The Bramall

Admission: £12 on the door, £10 advance, £3 students/u18

  • Thursday 26 April
  • 19:30 concert
    New works by featured guests Brona Martin and Nicholas Bullen as well as works by Kerry Hagan, Pablo Gav and a new piece by Jonty Harrison.

Venue: The Dome, The Bramall

  • Friday 27 April
  • 10:00 talk
    Festival artists discuss and demonstrate their music.

Venue: The Dome, The Bramall

Admission: Free

  • 13:10 Barber Lunchtime Concert: Mari Fukimoto organ
    A programme of works by Peter Ablinger, Bach, Ligeti and a new piece for organ and electronics by Lauren Redhead. This is the first of three concerts featuring organ and electronics as part of the Sonus ex Machina project.

Venue: Barber Concert Hall, Barber Institute of Fine Arts

Admission: Free

  • 15:00 Performance/Installation
    Shimmer by James Opstad
    A performance for Double Bass and Sine Waves.

Venue: The Dome, The Bramall

Admission: Free

  • 19:00 Concert
    New electonic works for organ and electronics by Scott Wilson and Charlie Lockwood as well as pieces by Brona Martin and Nicholas Bullen.

Venue: Elgar Concert Hall, The Bramall

  • 20:45 Concert
    Audiovisual work from Rennie Tullis and Andrew Hill alongside music by Vortichez, Manuella Blackburn and Andrew Lewis. The evening will conclude with Rafał Zapała’s epic organ and video work Scrolling to Zero.

Venue: Elgar Concert Hall, The Bramall

  • Saturday 29 April
  • 11:00 Talk
    More ideas and discussion with the festival's artists.

Venue: The Dome, The Bramall

Admission: Free

  • 14:00 Key note address by Georgina Born.

Venue: The Dome, The Bramall

Admission: Free

  • 16:00 concert
    This concert features PianoHertz, the first of two pieces in Saturday's performances by Horacio Vaggione, Abwesenheit by John Young, exploring the historical resonance of sound, and a live performance from Erik Nyström.

Venue: Elgar Concert Hall, The Bramall

  • 20:00 concert
    We close the festival with a diverse concert featuring the second of Vaggione's works Mécanique des fluidesSignal Residuals by Nicholas Bullen, Jorge Garcia's Carmen, based on memories of the Bogatazo, and Simon Le Boggit's comment on human rights NameQuake.

Venue: Elgar Concert Hall, The Bramall

  • Tickets
    3 day pass: £30 on door, £25 advance, £12 students/u18
    Individual concert: £10 on door, £7 advance, £3 students/u18
    Day pass (Friday or Saturday): £16 on door, £12 advance, £5 students/u18  
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