Friday, 20 April 2012

Salford Sonic Fusion Festival 2012 (26/4 - 29/4)

The Music Department of the University of Salford is delighted to announce the first Salford Sonic Fusion Festival which will take place Thursday 26 April – Sunday 29 April. The intention of the festival is to bring cutting-edge international experimental contemporary music to Salford.
This is a new festival curated by University of Salford’s Head of Music Stephen Davismoon.
The festival will include seminal works by John Cage, Luciano Berio, and Cornelius Cardew, as well as works by current staff and students of the University of Salford, including Dr Alan E. Williams, Stephen Davismoon, and Jan Kopinski. Genres spanning contemporary art music to jazz and folk will be included, and audio-visual works will also be featured.
Artists from around the world will be visiting and performing at the university, so this is a wonderful opportunity to hear world-class contemporary music. For example, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, legendary jazz bassist from the USA, will be performing in Simon Best’s work Tort . Federico Sanguinetti from Italy will be here to perform the narrator’s role in Berio’s Laborintus II, which will be conducted by Marco Visconti-Prasca, also from Italy. Lithuanian concert pianist Lauryna Šablevičiute will be performing a John Cage portrait concert on Sunday night.

Thursday 26th April
Evening concert: Listening Cities
Featuring works by artists from Italy, Greece, France, Austria and Salford.
Start: 7:30pm
Venue: MediaCityUK 0.11 Digital Performance Lab
Later Event: Audio-visual works I
Music with digital systems
Start: 10:30pm
Venue: MediaCityUK 0.11 Digital Performance Lab

Friday 27th April
Evening Concert: Cornelius Cardew’s Treatise
Featuring the virtuoso flautist Richard Craid and clarinetist Alex South
Start: 7:30pm
Venue: MediaCityUK 0.11 Digital Performance Lab
Later event: Jan Kopinski “Mirrors”
With his jazz ensemble, Jan Kopinski will perform his latest work ‘Mirrors’ currently gaining considerable press coverage and awards.
Start: 10:30pm
Venue: MediaCityUK

Saturday 28th April
Evening Concert: University of Salford Sinfonietta & guests
Performance of Luciano Berio’s Laborintus II and Simon Best’s Tort, by the University of Salford Sinfonietta featuring students from UoS along with national and international artists.
Conducted by Marco-Visconti Prasca; Featuring ‘soloists’ Jamaladeen Tacuma (internationally acclaimed jazz bassist) and Federico Sanguinetti (son of the famous Italian poet Edoardo Sanguinetti who composed the text for Berio’s work), who will narrate his father’s text, for the first time in the UK.
Start: 7:30pm
Venue: Maxwell Hall, Salford University
Later Event: Audio-visual works II
Including improvised music with digital systems and a presentation of Kelman Stories featuring the actor Gordon Munro.
Start: 10:30pm
Venue: Lower Maxwell Hall, Salford University

Sunday 29th April
Evening Concert: John Cage Centenary
Featuring pianist Lauryna Šablevičiute, who will present works by Cage interspersed with works by Mozart (often referred to by Cage as a favourite composer of his from the past).
Start: 7:30pm
Venue: Maxwell Hall, Salford University
Later event: Adelphi Contemporary Music Group concert
A concert involving music students from the University of Salford in the Adelphi Contemporary Music Group – the programme will feature several surprising works by Cage.
Start: 10:30pm
Venue: Islington Mill
All events are free. To register, please visit

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