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Barber Concert Hall, BOM Cafe, The Dome - Bramall Music Building - University of Birmingham
Arts and Law, Performance
Thursday 27th (18:30) - Saturday 29th February 2020 (21:00)
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BEAST presents a mini-festival of events with virtuoso bass singer Nicholas Isherwood (U.S./France) – well known for his performance as Lucifer in Stockhausen’s Licht series, and composer/instrument builder Dirk Johan Stromberg (Singapore/U.S.) whose work blurs the lines between electroacoustic instruments and art installations.



Thursday 27 February 19:30 - 21:30

As part of our BOMble BEAST series with Birmingham Open Media, Stromberg will speak informally about his work at the BOM cafe. Stromberg and Isherwood will speak about their work as part of the Department’s Research Series on the afternoon of Friday 28 February. See the BEAST site for full details.

Venue: BOM Cafe

Admission: Free


Barber Lunchtime Concert

The Electric Voice / Part 1

Friday 28 February 13:00 - 13:50

Nicholas Isherwood bass-baritone

Nicholas Isherwood performs works from his specially commissioned Electric Voice project, including a world premiere by the Department of Music’s composition professor, Michael Zev Gordon. 

Aleksandra Bilinska "...qui est..."
Michael Zev Gordon Nigun
Jack Van Zandt The Painted Veil
Gene Coleman THRINOS for bass-baritone, electronics and video
Adam Vidiksis Quanta (2019)

Venue: Barber Concert Hall

Admission: Free


The Electric Voice / Part 2

Friday 28 February 19:30 - 21:30

Further performances from the Electric Voice, and other vocally inspired electronic music.

Venue: The Dome, The Bramall

Admission: Free


Beneath the Dome

Saturday 29 February 18:00 -19:00

A concert of immersive electronic music and sound featuring works by BEAST composers Emma Margetson and Nikki Sheth.

Venue: The Dome, The Bramall

Admission: £10, £7 advance, £3 students/U18 from Box Office website. If you wish to contact us further, please email


In-between Language Types

Sat 29 February 19:30 - 21:30

Dirk Stromberg explores shared artistic languages through collaborations with composers Do Kien Cuong and BEAST's Scott Wilson, alongside filmmaker Clare Chong. He and Wilson draw upon soundscapes from Vietnam, feedback, psychedelic video and a set of musical building blocks from Anthony Braxton's work on musical language types in creating spontaneous  compositions and improvisations.

Venue: The Dome, The Bramall

Admission: £10, £7 advance, £3 students/U18 from Box Office website. If you wish to contact us further, please email

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