Dive into a world of modern music during our Sound Laboratory Discovery Week. Featuring our associate artists the Ligeti Quartet, and a swathe of new works from contemporary composers around the world.
Sound Junction: Intersection II
Featuring music by award winning composers Tom Williams and Yiorgis Sakellariou, immerse yourself once more in the multi-deminsional world of acousmatic music.
New Music Ensemble
Marvel at the musical minds of our students, staff and alumni in this programme of new music by composers based in Sheffield.
Ligeti Quartet: Phantom Voices
As leading exponents of modern music, Associate Artists the Ligeti Quartet explore ways psychoacoustic effects can be exploited to make the whole see greater than the sum of its parts. In Jonathan Harvey's In Mortuos Plango, Vivos Voco, recordings of a bell and human voice are electronically manipulated, and new dimensions between ensemble and audience are created in the composer's last string quartet. Pre-recorded sounds are also employed by Anna Meredith in Tuggemo, named after an ancient Scottish word for a dense flock of birds or swarm of bees. The world premiere of Christian Mason's Sardinian Songbook completes the programme, with mysterious overtones and polyphonic singing of the Sardinian cantu a tenòre.
Award-winning pianist of 'superb skill and musicality', Alex Raineri juxtaposes recently comissioned works alongside miniatures by some of the most striking figures in Australia's musical history.
Ligeti Quartet: Sheffield Composes
The Ligeti Quartet returns once more to perform new works by student composers from the University of Sheffield's Music Department.
Morton Feldman's late, extended work, Crippled Symmetry, is a meditative, existential response to the urgencies and anxieties of modern life. Over about ninety minutes, the music quietly unfolds in rich and deceptive complexity. The piece was inspired by the intricate patterning of Anatolian rugs, Proust's transfiguring fog of memorry and by the perpetually evolving mobile-form sculptures of Alexander Calder.
Elements with radioactive properties and strong luminescent qualities known as lanthanides or 'rare earths' inspire composer Dorothy Ker's new work for cello. One of the most distinguised cellists for music of our time, Lucas Fels of the Arditti Quartet brings to life these unstable atomistic worlds, alongside UK premieres of Brian Ferneyhoough's In Nomine, Mark Andre's iv2, and Enno Poppe's Zwölf.