Distractfold is a young and exciting ensemble that is establishing itself as a strong, fresh, and daring voice in the international music community. The group specializes in instrumental, acousmatic, and hybrid music of the 21st century, written by composers of this new generation. They have productive collaborative links with the Architectural Association in London, resulting in concerts at the Roca Gallery in London, Matadero in Madrid and the 2013 Lisbon Architecture Triennale. The ensemble has hosted guest performances from the Mivos Quartet, the Noise Upstairs and Lê Quan Ninh. This evening the ensemble will perform four UK premieres including Pierluigi Billone’s Mani, Giacometti (String trio), Hanna Hartman’s Borderlines (for amplified objects), Mauricio Pauly’s Sky Destroys Dog (for electric guitar) and Daniel Blinkhorn’s frostbYte wildflower (electroacoustic work ). Visit Distractfold.co.uk to keep up to date and buy tickets here.
Film screening: Bride of Frankenstein
Part of the Wellcome Trust funded Playing God Project and presented by the Science Entertainment Lab at the University of Manchester this season of six films confronts questions about the nature of and connections between science and religion. How do we anticipate and comprehend worlds just beyond our grasp? How do we find ways of understanding and portraying the interplay between science and religion on film? The classic Bride of Frankenstein sees a scientist “playing God” in his creation of an unnatural creature (and his bride). At each film screening an expert speaker will provide a brief introduction at 6.30 and then lead a post-screening discussion with the audience. The evening will include an opening reception from 6.00pm where drinks will be available for purchase. See the Lab website for full list of dates and times of screenings or contact organizers Ray Macauley[email protected] or Amy Chambers [email protected] for further information.
Concert: Nadja’s Song – a new chamber opera by Lucy Armstrong and David Spittle
Commissioned by Bergen National Opera for BNO Young Voices artist Ingvild Schultze-Florey this new chamber opera gives voice to Nadja, the object of André Breton’s fascination in his 1928 semi-autobiographical surrealist novel Nadja. In the book Breton, the founder of the surrealist movement, describes a chance encounter with a woman he was drawn to on the street (Nadja) and their subsequent nine-day affair. Breton was fascinated by Nadja and viewed her madness as the epitome of surrealism. However, after nine-days Nadja was no longer of interest to Breton and he deserted her, leaving her desperately trying to contact him in vain. The book Breton produced from the affair proved to be one of his most popular and influential, though Nadja knew nothing of its existence or success. In this opera, Nadja’s thoughts and feelings about Breton, the affair and its effect on her life are explored after fourteen years of reflection in the mental institution. Music by Lucy Armstrong, words by David Spittle, performed by Ingvild Schultze-Florey (mezzo-soprano) and Lucy Armstrong (piano). The performance of Nadja will be followed by the trio version of Karlheinz Stockhausen‘s Tierkries for flute (Maria Chybowska), clarinet (Marcus Norman), trumpet and piano (Patrick Hoff).
In conversation: Adam Thirlwell
The Manchester Writing School at MMU and the International Anthony Burgess Foundation are delighted to present the 2014/2015 In Conversation series which looks “under the bonnet” to examine the mechanics of outstanding contemporary literature. Special guest authors appear in conversation with writers from the Manchester Writing School to discuss the techniques they use and choices they make when writing, and to explore and debate the issues arising from their work or books that they’re interested in. Each evening opens with a short reading from original fiction by students and graduates of the School. Visit the Manchester Writing School website for more information and contact [email protected] to reserve your place. Presented in partnership with MacDonald Hotels and Resorts.
Workshop: Poetry School Saturday Session with Ann and Peter Samson
Three individual sessions, each of which combines brilliant writing exercises with insightful, supportive feedback. These writing Saturdays will make a genuine difference to your poetry. A suggested reading-list and shared reading and writing tasks at home (between sessions) will further the group experience. Ann and Peter will alternate tutoring, and the session will finish at 4.30pm. Visit poetryschool.com for booking information.
Tour: Unlocking the Anthony Burgess Archive
In our latest series of tours, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, we’re giving you the opportunity to get up-close to our unique and fascinating collection of Burgess’s books, manuscripts, photographs, compositions, drawings and correspondence with writers and artists such as Stanley Kubrick, Graham Greene, Angela Carter and Hunter S. Thompson. Anthony Burgess produced a huge body of work during his lifetime, including thirty-three novels, twenty-five works of non-fiction, two volumes of autobiography, hundreds of musical compositions and vast quantities of journalism. Join us on the tour and learn about Burgess’s beginnings in Manchester, his travels to Malaysia and Brunei and his international career as novelist, composer, journalist, screenwriter, poet and playwright. Tours are limited to a small number of advance bookers. To reserve your place contact [email protected] or call 0161 235 0776.
Film screening: Rich Peppiatt – One Rogue Reporter
One Rogue Reporter: a 90-minute film chronicling former Daily Star reporter Rich Peppiatt‘s challenging interviews with tabloid editors about journalism practice and standards. The film touches on press freedom, privacy, ethics, and with supporting material from Nick Davies, Owen Jones and John Bishop, is one every journalist or anyone with an interest in the UK media should see. View the trailer and book tickets. Includes post-screening discussion and drinks. Promoted by the Manchester and Salford Branch of the National Union of Journalists
Words for Music Concert Series: The Soldier’s Tale
The Burgess Foundation and new music ensemble Psappha are collaborating for a series of six performances in which music takes inspiration from words. Featuring pieces by Kurtág, Stravinsky and Walton, the programme also includes three brand new commissions from contemporary composers drawing on material from the Burgess Foundation collection. This evening offers a uniquely staged performance of Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale, where the story of a soldier who sells his soul to the devil in return for untold wealth is presented alongside projections of live illustration from Chris Glynn. Chris will explore the story’s words and imagery in his Japanese kamishibai-inspired drawings, produced spontaneously throughout Psappha’s performance. The Soldier’s Tale will be followed by the world premiere of a new commission from Leo Geyer, inspired by his time in the archive at the Burgess Foundation. Narrator, Richard Suart. Tickets available from skiddle.com. See future listings for other performances in the series (18th Mar, Facade Entertainment).
Music for Words Concert Series: The Soldier’s Tale
The Burgess Foundation and new music ensemble Psappha are collaborating for a series of six performances in which music takes inspiration from words. Featuring pieces by Kurtág, Stravinsky and Walton, the programme also includes three brand new commissions from contemporary composers drawing on material from the Burgess Foundation collection. This evening offers a uniquely staged performance of Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale, where the story of a soldier who sells his soul to the devil in return for untold wealth is presented alongside projections of live illustration from Chris Glynn. Chris will explore the story’s words and imagery in his Japanese kamishibai-inspired drawings, produced spontaneously throughout Psappha’s performance. The Soldier’s Tale will be followed by the world premiere of a new commission from Leo Geyer, inspired by his time in the archive at the Burgess Foundation. Tickets available from skiddle.com. Narrator, Richard Suart. See future listings for other performances in the series (18th Mar, Facade Entertainment).
Booklaunch: Psychic Spiders! with Hic Dragones
Join Hic Dragones for the launch of Toby Stone‘s phenomenal new novel, Psychic Spiders! George is an unusual spider. Born with the ability to control human thoughts, he has a unique insight into the human psyche. And he doesn’t like what he sees. It’s time to deal with the problem. George’s crusade to save arachnidkind takes him on a warped journey through the city, to the one place where he can make his voice heard – the local television station. But George’s quest for media domination brings him up against an array of unlikely opponents: Igor, a troubled man long abandoned to a nursing home by his angry daughter; Tobias, a sensitive spider with a fondness for Countdown; Captain Ahab, a man with no past (that he can remember, anyway). And it’s only a matter of time before George’s activities catch the attention of The Web – a shadowy organisation whose furry legs stretch around the globe. Will George succeed? Will humanity survive? Will television ever be the same again? The evening will feature readings from the author, a free wine reception and the chance to win prizes. Book your free place here