From The Rambler: Details announced of first London Contemporary Music Festival
Now here’s a thing. Not far behind the London Ear, which had its first incarnation in March, another new music festival for London: the London Contemporary Music Festival. Not long ago it was easy to gripe about the lack of really adventurous new music programming in London. But now? This is starting to look like a sea change.
LCMF takes a different line from the Ear, and if they both survive into future editions there’s no reason they couldn’t be complimentary. Whereas the Ear focused very much on neglected works and composers of a – for want of a better expression – late modernist bent, LCMF is casting its net deliberately wider, to incorporate sound art, experimentalism, music theatre, dance/electronica and improv as well as more ‘conventional’ new music from the classical tradition. Such eclecticism is often a sign that the curators are actually playing things safe, but…
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