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BEAST and Qawwali Research Unit at Electric Spring Festival

Hot on the heels of a presentation at CrossCurrents, Tasawar Bashir and I are heading up to Electric Spring in Huddersfield with I will go with the Yogi (Qawwali Palimpsestic), our audiovisual work based on the music of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. This is a collective work with musical contributions also coming from Emma Margetson, Charlie Lockwood and Helene …

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New Folk Songs Project with BCMG

The closing event of the CrossCurrents Festival on February 20th will be a concert by the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, including the premiere of a collaborative song cycle inspired by Berio’s Folk Songs and involving numerous composers: Michael Zev Gordon, Joe Cutler, Ed Bennett, Daria Kwiatkowska, Judith Weir, Richard Baker, Charlotte Bray, Howard Skempton, Federico Favali, Patrick Giguere, …

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BEAST and SOUNDkitchen at CrossCurrents Festival

Some exciting BEAST events coming up, in the form of our latest ‘Pantry Sessions’ collaboration with SOUNDkitchen. We’re presenting two days of events as part of the CrossCurrents Festival. Includes Annie Mahtani/Iain Armstrong, Justin Wiggan, Jo Thomas, Eliot Bates, David Ogborn, Michael Edwards, Ellen Fallowfield and the first of two reappearances of our Qawwali Research …

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BEAST Pantry Sessions: Hand-made Music

The latest BEAST event is Thursday December 10th in the Dome Room in the Bramall music building. Performances by John Richards and his Dirty Electronics wielding partners in crime (from a workshop earlier in the day), Manfredi Clemente and Ben Peers doing no-input mixing and live electronics, and BEER giving the Birmingham premiere of Switchblade in a …