Bristol New Music

Bristol New Music is a consortium of five key organisations in Bristol (Colston Hall, Arnolfini, Spike Island, St George’s Bristol and the University of Bristol) dedicated to bringing the very best international new music to the city, while working to create opportunities for emerging regional artists.

Bristol New Music’s first venture is to present a weekend of new and experimental music in the city from Friday 21 – Sunday 23 February 2014. This tightly packed and stimulating programme of events will showcase the best new music on the international arts scene.

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Bristol New Music

Bristol New Music’s eclectic programme brings together a variety of musicians and artists to create a weekend of new music filled with unique collaborations, original commissions and inspiring performances.

With artists working in the realms of classical composition, jazz, and electronic music, and employing visual arts and custom-built instruments, Bristol New Music promises to be a sensual voyage into the extraordinary.

Highlights include…

Quatuor Bozzini, Canada’s leading new music string quartet, taking up residence for the weekend at the University of Bristol, performing a programme of music including a Bristol New Music Commission and world premiere by composer Claudia Molitor who will create a series of soundpods for the Foyer of Colston Hall alongside music by John Cage and Scott McLaughlin.

Ensemble musikFabrik are performing a UK Premiere of Partch’s seminal work And on the Seventh Day Petals Fell in Petaluma from the 60s. Ensemble musikFabrik have recreated the microtonal Partch instruments and will also include reinterpretations of Frank Zappa.

Composer and saxophonist John Butcher presents Tarab Cuts at Arnolfini, the world premiere of a new concert-length work commissioned by Bristol New Music which combines composition and improvisation layered over 78rpm recordings.

At Spike Island, Cevdet Erek will dramatically open up and change the architecture of the gallery spaces and Bristol-via-London duo Empty Set will give the world premiere of a live performance and soundscape, responding to the environment created by Erek.

Colston Hall host a triple-bill of electronic artists in the form of Klavikon, Roly Porter and Addison Groove as well as the latest work by pianist Keith Tippett, a significant figure in both the jazz and new music scene.

At St George’s, the Christian Wallrumrød Ensemble performs an all-acoustic show responding to St George’s particular sonic character – ‘playing the building’ – and will be preceded by a talk with Christian Wallumrod and Late Junction’s Fiona Talkington.

More to be announced…

Bristol New Music will announce more international highlight events taking place as part of the weekend in January 2014.

To book tickets, follow the links below or contact each venue directly.

Ferry Info

For the £10 ticket available from Colston hall  on Friday 21st Feb as part of Bristol New Music customers will also have access to the Bristol Ferry Boats between venues.

On Friday 21 February Bristol Ferry Boats will run a special service for all events at Spike Island, Arnolfini and Colston Hall, this is included in the £10 ticket. It departs at Arnolfini to the SS Great Britain from 7pm. From there it’s just a short walk to Spike Island. From 9pm there will be a service from the SS Great Britain to the City Centre (stops at the Harbourside Bar), close to Colston Hall.

Anyone without the combined £10 event ticket will have to pay the £2.50 return fare, or a single is £1.50.

Their website is www.bristolferry.com

There is a Saturday pass

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  • Bristol New Music is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and by the PRS for Music Foundation; in partnership with the University of Bristol.

    The Cevdet Erek exhibition Alt Üst at Spike Island is supported by the Elephant Trust.