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Bristol New Music: acts announced for UK’s international contemporary music festival

A host of artists have been announced to perform at the fourth edition of Bristol New Music, the city’s biennial exploration of the city through sound.

From Thursday 23 to Sunday 26 April, artists from around the world will present newly commissioned works, sonic responses to rarely used spaces, landmark concerts, club night sets, gallery exhibitions and screenings at some of Bristol’s most unique venues.

The much-anticipated weekend will offer audiences the opportunity to take in a bespoke performance in the vaults below the Clifton Suspension Bridge, witness the intricacy of 100 keyboards playing simultaneously across the floor of St George’s and experience the work of musician, mystic and laughter meditation practitioner Laraaji.

Artists featuring at this year’s festival include Japanese conceptualist Asuna, Oscar nominated composer Mica Levi leading a graphic scores workshop and Manchester based sound artist Kelly Jane Jones – whose commission will appear in the suspension bridge vaults. Cutting-edge UK club/electronic alchemists Beatrice Dillon and James Massiah will be appearing, as well as Welsh new music ensemble Uproar, Bristol-based provocateur Miguel Prado and local musician Yas Clarke, who presents The Thicket – a sound piece for four vocalists.

Bristol New Music is a collaboration between five key organisations in the city: Colston Hall, Arnolfini, Spike Island, St George’s Bristol and the University of Bristol. The 2020 edition is produced by Qu Junktions.

Todd Wills, Artistic Director of Colston Hall, said: “Over the last 6 years we have established Bristol New Music as a weekend of adventure and curiosity, presenting a cutting edge programme of contemporary music and visual arts. For 2020 we have some exciting new commissions and are using spaces we’ve never worked in before, such as the Suspension Bridge Vaults and St Mary Redcliffe church.

This festival is a unique event in Bristol’s busy calendar, with collaboration across the five organisations allowing us to curate a really remarkable series of events.”

Tickets to the opening concert, a rare UK performance by the masterful Japanese percussionist and composer Midori Takada, are on sale now, alongside Festival Passes and Day Passes via the newly launched festival website at bristolnewmusic.org, with individual event tickets going on sale in the coming weeks.

FESTIVAL PASSES

Early Bird Festival Pass – £50 – SOLD OUT
Festival Pass (2nd release) → £70 – On Sale Now
Festival Pass (3rd release) – On Sale Soon
Festival Pass (concession)** → £50 – On Sale Now

DAY PASSES

Thursday 23 April: Opening Concert (Midori Takada) → £18.50
Friday 24 April: Day Pass → £20
Saturday 25 April: Day Pass → £35
Sunday 26 April: Day Pass → £25

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ÁINE O DWYER
ALICIA CARRERA
ALVIN CURRAN
ASUNA: 100 KEYBOARDS
BRISTOL EXPERIMENT AND EXPANDED FILM
BEATRICE DILLON
CARL STONE
CAROLINE
COPPER SOUNDS
DEATHPROD
DOMINIC LASH & SHIRLEY PEGNA
ELLEN ARKBRO: CHORDALITIES
ENSEMBLE VARIANCES
GUO & BRADY CORBET: GYUTO
HEZARFEN ENSEMBLE: MAKAM 21
JABU FEAT. DANIELA DYSON
JAMES MASSIAH
KELLY JAYNE JONES: SEDIMENTARY STONE TAPE
KLEIN
LARAAJI
LIGETI QUARTET
MICA LEVI: DIFFERENT TYPES OF WRITING/DIFFERENT TYPES OF READING
MIEKO KANNO
MIDORI TAKADA
MIGUEL PRADO & MATTIN: GENERATIVE ADVERSARIAL EVACUATION OF THE VOICE
MSHR
SUNUN
TAPSEW
TARA CLERKIN TRIO
UPROAR: PROFESSOR BAD TRIP
VIRIDAN ENSEMBLE
YAS CLARKE: THE THICKET

With support from

This event is supported by PRS Foundation, the UK’s leading funder of new music and talent development across all genres.

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