Classical music

Tyondai Braxton: World Premiere

Part of Classical Season 2017/18

See the world premiere of TELEKINESIS, a large-scale work for orchestra, electronics and choir by Tyondai Braxton, one of the most exciting young artists in New York today.

Throughout his career, the former guitarist, keyboardist and singer of experimental rock band Battles has been writing and performing music under his own name, including 2009’s Central Market and 2015’s HIVE1. In Tyondai’s own words, ‘TELEKINESIS is a work for large orchestra, electronics and choir which forges a deeper relationship between my electronic and notated music. With a nod toward sci-fi film soundtracks and sound exploration masterworks like Akira, Feldman’s Coptic Light, Varese’s Ameriques, TELEKINESIS explores the idea of abstracted scale: massive musical shapes and gestures moving through an ever evolving landscape’.

Opening the concert, two more world premieres from composer (and Dawn of Midi drummer) Qasim Naqvi and electro-acoustic musician Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith. Conducted by André de Ridder, the BBC Concert Orchestra also brings to life the crystallised sounds of Edgar Varèse's Déserts, a piece written for wind, piano, percussion and electronic tape.

TELEKINESIS is a co-commission by Southbank Centre, London and Musica nova, Helsinki Festival.


BBC Concert Orchestra
André de Ridder conductor


Qasim Naqvi: The Bad Feelings Rainbow (World premiere)
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith: Action of Inaction (World premiere)
Edgard Varese: Déserts for wind, piano, percussion & tape
Tyondai Braxton: TELEKINESIS (World premiere)

Dates & times

18 Apr 2018
Approximate run time: 110 mins
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Queen Elizabeth Hall


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Booking fee: £2.50 (Members £0.00)
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