Manchester Collective: Heavy Metal
Strap in for a noisy show that showcases works by contemporary composers, including Ben Nobuto, Dobrinka Tabakova and Bryce Dessner.
Big percussion, live electronics, and amplified strings. A distortion pedal called the Ibanez Tube Screamer makes an appearance. It’s not going to be a meditative listening experience.
Sometimes, we all just need to scream into a pillow.
Ben Nobuto’s work is utterly contemporary. His music assimilates and responds to the dizzying array of digital media that Generation Z have lived with since birth.
His first language is the internet. On, off and on again. Attention and fragmentation.
Manchester Collective are proud to premiere his brand new work for strings, electronics, and percussion – Nobuto’s debut here at the Southbank Centre.
Hear it alongside works by Bulgarian composer Dobrinka Tabakova, Bryce Dessner (of The National) and Michael Gordon (co-founder of legendary new music outfit Bang on a Can).
The collective also welcomes back composer/producer Sebastian Gainsborough, (aka Vessel) for his latest Manchester Collective commission.
Emerging as part of Bristol’s Young Echo collective in the early 2010s, Gainsborough quickly rose to prominence after a set of critically acclaimed releases on the Tri Angle label.
He now writes electronic and contemporary instrumental music, often in collaboration with Manchester Collective Music Director Rakhi Singh.
His work is heavy, intense and unforgettable.
- Manchester Collective
- Bryce Dessner: Aheym
- Dobrinka Tabakova: Insight
- Ben Nobuto: SERENITY 2.0 (World premiere)
- Michael Gordon: Industry
- Sebastian Gainsborough (Vessel): Squint (World premiere)
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Please note that there is no interval during this event
Dates & times
Approximate run time: 70 mins.
- Standard entry£25*
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