First ever London Contemporary Music Festival

Just look at the program and dream… The London Contemporary Music Festival will run over two long weekends from 25 July to 4 August, at Bold Tendencies, Peckham car park, premiering several new works by composers, young and old, and including classics by everyone from Helmut Lachenmann to snd, Charlemagne Palestine to Michael Finnissy, Glenn Branca to Brian Ferneyhough.

All events are free, booking is essential (and you better hurry, tickets are going fast)

25 July: TOWARDS A NEW DEFINITION OF OPERA

Laurie Anderson: United States (1983) (excerpt)
Ed Atkins: Depression (2012)
Philip Glass: Einstein on the Beach (1976) (excerpts)
György Kurtág: Kafka Fragments (1987) (excerpts)
Melanie Lomoff: O Solitude (2013) (UK premiere)
Kurt Schwitters: Ur-Sonate (1922-32) (excerpt)
Richard Wagner: Songs
Jennifer Walshe: “Look, Stranger on this Island” from Die Taktik (2012) (UK premiere)
Alexander Zeldin/ Melanie Lomoff: To Dream Not To Sleep(2012)

26 July: LACHENMANN/MORRICONE

Ennio Morricone: Musica per 11 violini (1973)
Ennio Morricone: Suoni per Dino (1969)
Ennio Morricone: 4 pezzi per chitarra (1957)
Ennio Morricone: Proibito for 8 trumpets (1972)
Helmut Lachenmann: Guero (1970)
Helmut Lachenmann: 5 Variations on theme by Franz Schubert (1956)
Helmut Lachenmann: Serynade (1997-98/2000)

27 July: GLENN BRANCA

Glenn Branca: Twisting in Space (2013) (UK premiere)

28 July: DRONE DAY 

Part One: 2pm

Brian Eno (arr. Evan Ziporyn): Music for Airports (1978)
Jem Finer: Slowplayer (2005/2012)
Eliane Radigue: Chry-ptus (1971)
James Tenney: Postal Pieces: Having Never Written A Note For Percussion (1971)

Part Two: 8pm

Tony Conrad/Jennifer WalsheMa la Pert (2013)
Charlemagne Palestine: In the Strumming Style (2013) (afterStrumming Music, 1974) (world premiere)

1 August: IMMERSIVE OPERA NIGHT

Gerald Barry: La Plus Forte (The Stronger) (2007) (world premiere staging)
Kate Whitley: Roma (2013) (world premiere)

2 August: NEW COMPLEXITY AND NOISE

Aaron Cassidy: What then renders these forces visible is a strange smile (or, First Study for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion) (2007-8)
Aaron Cassidy: songs only as sad as their listener (2006)
Brian Ferneyhough: Cassandra’s Dream Song (1970)
Michael Finnissy: English Country Tunes (1977/ rev. 1982–1985) (excerpts)
Anthony Pateras and Steve Noble: Live improvisation
Russell Haswell: Live set

3 August: MUSIC FOR SPEAKERS

Alvin Lucier: I am sitting in a room (1969)
Steve Reich: Pendulum Music (1968, rev. 1973)
Ambrose Seddon: Secure (2013) (world premiere)
Aisha Orazbayeva: Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony (2013) (world premiere)

3 August: PARMEGIANI/ NYSTROM/ SND / RAIME

Bernard Parmegiani: Violostries (1964)
Bernard Parmegiani: De Natura Sonorum (1975)
Erik Nyström: Catabolisms (2012)
SND: Live presentation
Raime: DJ set

4 August: COMING TOGETHER

Vitalija Glovackyte: Glitch (2013)
Richard Bullen: Garden of Forking Paths (2012)
Andrew Hill: Abstracted Journeys (2013)
Brian Mark: towers, beautiful, mourning, Tuesday (2013)
Alex De Little: Trombones in Spaces (2013)
Michael Haleta: 40 points, 40 paths (2013)
Daniel Harle: Prayer (2011)
David Futers: four miniatures (2013)
Larry Goves: A Fire-Island Sky (2013)
Tom Rose: They don’t shake your heartt (2013)
Mark Applebaum: Medium (2008)
Pauline Oliveros: Sound Patterns (1961)
Frederic Rzewski: Coming Together (1973)

4 August: KEYBOARD BREAKDOWN

Harpsichord
Joseph-Nicolas-Pancrace Royer: Pieces des clavecin(1746) (excerpts)
Paul Whitty: seven pages (1) & (2) (2008)
György Ligeti: Passacaglia Ungherese (1978)
György Ligeti: Continuum (1968)
Louis Andriessen: Overture to Orpheus (1982)

Electric Organ
Terry Riley: Persian Surgery Dervishes (1971)

Piano
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Rondo K511 (1787)
Franz Liszt: Unstern! (1881)
Arnold Schoenberg: Drei Klavierstücke (1909)
Leo Ornstein: Suicide in an Airplane (c. 1918-19)
Iannis Xenakis: Evryali (1973)
Morton Feldman: Intermission 5 (1952)
Lauren Redhead: i am but one small instrument (2012)
Adam de la Cour: Beat Me (2007)
Philip Corner: Piano Activities (1962)

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