Manchester Collective: Voice of the Whale
In their first major touring project this year, the experimental collective starts their year-long residency with a strange and unsettling set of otherworldly music.
In the dark and lonely depths of the Pacific Ocean, the whales are singing. Listen closely. Can you hear them?
Molly Joyce’s ecstatic High and Low opens the programme – solo piano presented as a celestial, supercharged, percussive force of nature.
Curved Form (St Endellion) by Alex Groves, performed live for the first time, conjures up a meditative seascape for live electronics and strings.
He submerges his listeners in cascading tides and layered textures, contrasting sharply with Andrew Hamilton’s frenetic In Beautiful May.
In the end though, it’s back to the sea. Down, down, down.
The night finishes with George Crumb’s enigmatic Vox Balaenae, performed on instruments that are amplified and modified.
Music from another world.
- Manchester Collective
- Molly Joyce: High and Low for piano
- Alex Groves: Curved Form (St Endellion) (World premiere)
- Andrew Hamilton: In Beautiful May for violin & tape
- George Crumb: Vox balaenae (Voice of the Whale) for electric flute, electric cello & amplified piano
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