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Expeditions

Qawwali Shrine
January 26
Foyle Studio, mac

Join us for a sonic exploration of Qawwali music inspired by the emotional reactions of listeners, as we share some of the fascinating results from the research & development phase of the pioneering Qawwali Shrine project.

Using BEAST technology (Birmingham Electro-Acoustic Sound Theatre), melodic fragments of Qawwali will be reworked, layered, stretched and disembodied creating a compelling 360 degree soundscape that will immerse you in a whole new experience of raw Qawwali sounds. Surrender to heightened states of emotions and allow your senses to unfold as you become increasingly enveloped in the sounds flying around you.

Ticket holders are invited to attend an informal drinks reception before the sharing, 6.30pm-7.15pm in the Terrace Gallery at mac.

Qawwali is a form of Sufi devotional music with a tradition that stretches back more than 700 years. Qawwalis tend to begin gently and build steadily to a very high energy level in order to induce hypnotic states and a sensation of the sublime, both among the musicians and within the audience.

The performance is part of Qawwali Shrine – a pioneering pilot project taking place until April 2017 which is mapping physiological, psychological and emotional responses to Qawwali music and exploring whether states of enlightenment and feelings such as Rasa, Fana or ‘the sublime’ can be experienced, measured and artistically represented through new technology.

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Join us for a sonic exploration of Qawwali music inspired by the emotional reactions of listeners, as we share some of the fascinating results from the research & development phase of the pioneering Qawwali Shrine project.

Using BEAST technology (Birmingham Electro-Acoustic Sound Theatre), melodic fragments of Qawwali will be reworked, layered, stretched and disembodied creating a compelling 360 degree soundscape that will immerse you in a whole new experience of raw Qawwali sounds. Surrender to heightened states of emotions and allow your senses to unfold as you become increasingly enveloped in the sounds flying around you.

Ticket holders are invited to attend an informal drinks reception before the sharing, 6.30pm-7.15pm in the Terrace Gallery at mac.

Qawwali is a form of Sufi devotional music with a tradition that stretches back more than 700 years. Qawwalis tend to begin gently and build steadily to a very high energy level in order to induce hypnotic states and a sensation of the sublime, both among the musicians and within the audience.

The performance is part of Qawwali Shrine – a pioneering pilot project taking place until April 2017 which is mapping physiological, psychological and emotional responses to Qawwali music and exploring whether states of enlightenment and feelings such as Rasa, Fana or ‘the sublime’ can be experienced, measured and artistically represented through new technology.

Qawwali Shrine
BEASTdome Pantry Sessions: Gonimoblast feat. Leafcutter John
February 10
BEASTdome, Bramall Music Building

Presented in association with the THSH Jazzlines programme, Gonimoblast is a pioneering new jazz ensemble with a heavy emphasis on electronics. Led by Chris Mapp, Gonimoblast perform music that combines measures of harsh, dark experimental tones, mixed with joyful clashes, all underlined by a narrative thread of improvisation. The group were the focus of Chris Mapp’s year as a Town Hall and Symphony Hall Jazzlines Fellow, supported by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation. The lineup includes Chris Mapp (bass), Leafcutter John (electronics), Dan Nicholls (keyboards), and Mark Sanders (drums and percussion). The performance in the BEASTdome will see the group work with BEAST members to exploit the possibilities of spatialisation and will also feature members of the group performing with BEER (Birmingham Ensemble for Electroacoustic Research).

 

THSH Jazzlines

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Presented in association with the THSH Jazzlines programme, Gonimoblast is a pioneering new jazz ensemble with a heavy emphasis on electronics. Led by Chris Mapp, Gonimoblast perform music that combines measures of harsh, dark experimental tones, mixed with joyful clashes, all underlined by a narrative thread of improvisation. The group were the focus of Chris Mapp’s year as a Town Hall and Symphony Hall Jazzlines Fellow, supported by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation. The lineup includes Chris Mapp (bass), Leafcutter John (electronics), Dan Nicholls (keyboards), and Mark Sanders (drums and percussion). The performance in the BEASTdome will see the group work with BEAST members to exploit the possibilities of spatialisation and will also feature members of the group performing with BEER (Birmingham Ensemble for Electroacoustic Research).

 

THSH Jazzlines

BEASTdome Pantry Sessions: Gonimoblast feat. Leafcutter John
BEASTdome Pantry Sessions
February 11
BEASTdome, Bramall Music Building

An evening of Swedish electronic music curated by BEAST composer Helene Hedsund. Music from Savannah Agger, Lise-Lotte Norelius, Helene Hedsund and Magnus Johansson with live performances from our resident Leverhulme Research Fellow Erik Nyström and director of the EMS Stockholm Mats Lindström.

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An evening of Swedish electronic music curated by BEAST composer Helene Hedsund. Music from Savannah Agger, Lise-Lotte Norelius, Helene Hedsund and Magnus Johansson with live performances from our resident Leverhulme Research Fellow Erik Nyström and director of the EMS Stockholm Mats Lindström.

BEASTdome Pantry Sessions

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