LMC's 15th Annual Festival of Experimental Music
"International in its sweep, uncompromising in its substance" - Time Out
Friday 15 December: Otomo Yoshihide’s Anode + Roel Meelkop + Tom Chant & Sharif Sehnaoui
Saturday 16 December: Bernard Parmegiani + Tim Barnes & Ishikawa Ko + Andrea Neumann + Texturizer
Sunday 17 December: Ben Patterson & Keith Rowe + Olivia Block + Tomas Korber + Chris Corsano & John Edwards
Institute of Contemporary Arts, The Mall, SW1Y 5AH. Box office: +44 (0)20 7930 3647.
Day pass: £12 /£10; Festival pass: £25. Doors open 7pm
London Musicians' Collective 15th Annual Festival brings together two dozen of the leading figures from the world of new music over three nights of sustained avant-garde intensity.Book early - seats are limited.
This year the Festival boasts some extraordinary coups: Otomo Yoshihide’s ensemble project, Anode, is the biggest he has presented in London since the epochal Japanorama tour of 2001. He’s joined by an all-star line-up including Sachiko M., Ichiraku Yoshimitsu, Masahiro Uemura, Tim Barnes, Mark Sanders, Andrea Neumann, Angharad Davies, Stefano Tedescu and Rhodri Davies. Presented in two versions, quiet and (very) loud, Anode shares the first night with opaque Dutch laptop composer Roel Meelkop and the lyrical duo of English saxophonist Tom Chant and Lebanese guitarist Sharif Sehnaoui.
The second night sees France’s foremost living composer Bernard Parmegiani present two multi-channel, multi-speaker works, including the UK premiere of “Au gré du souffle le son s'envole”; the debut of a duo comprising brilliant American percussionist Tim Barnes (“Perfect Partner”) and the distinguished Japanese sho-player Ishikawa Ko, along with German experimentalist and instrument inventor Andrea Neumann and state-of-the-art improv from the Greek duo Texturizer.
The final night pulls out all the stops still further, kicking off with a free jazz freakout by Chris Corsano (drums) and John Edwards (double bass); a mind-boggling solo by Swiss electronics player Tomas Korber; the UK debut of the extraordinary Chicago-based sound artist Olivia Block; and the meeting of two titans of new music - Ben Patterson, the only African-American member of 1960s’ radical art movement Fluxus (which also included Yoko Ono, Nam June Paik and Lamonte Young), joined here by the globally influential English guitarist Keith Rowe, acknowledged as an influence on everyone from Pete Townshend and Syd Barrett to the present generation of young improvisers and noise artists.