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BEAST FEaST 2020: A Note from Scott Wilson

When the BEAST Team gathered many months ago to start developing the theme of this year’s festival, we were inspired by the notion that despite years of brutally negative politics and global turmoil, we might, through our shared love of this music, find a way to encourage something positive and optimistic, that embraced the possibilities of reconciliation and restoration. Thus…

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BEAST FEaST 2020 Featured Artists: Heather Roche & Eva Zöllner

Since the very outset of our duo, working with electronics has been central to our practice.  Our very first commission, for the Cologne Philharmonie’s TripClubbing series back in 2016, was for a new piece by Pierre Alexandre Tremblay, a composer who immediately opened us up to not only the complex interactions between our two instruments, but how those extremes of…

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BEAST FEaST 2020 Featured Artist: Simon Emmerson

I’ve been thinking a lot recently about the relationship between performance and the performative gesture, and the acousmatic. I have spent most of my composing life in the realm of mixed music and live electronics. I have always taken inspiration from performers in two (related) ways. Most importantly as living and life experiencing individuals – I listen to their performances, interpretations, personalities…

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BEAST FEaST 2020 Featured Artist: The Virtual BEAST by Hans Tutschku

Some thoughts about listening in these confined moments… My time in Birmingham twenty years ago, working towards the Ph.D. with Jonty Harrison, was an extraordinary period in my creative life. After composing already for many years, it was a chance to get again very detailed feedback, and to learn more and think more in-depth about the impact of interpretation in…

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BEAST FEaST 2020 Featured Artist: Christopher Fox

A few years ago Scott Wilson asked me if I would be interested in creating something for BEAST. This was something of a surprise because I used to think of BEAST as a forum for a sort of music that I didn’t make. I have always been fascinated by electronic music (within which I, perhaps rather cheekily, include electroacoustic music,…

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Jorge Garcia Residency

We’re delighted to kick off our 2019-20 season by welcoming Colombian composer Jorge Garcia Moncada back to Birmingham for a short visit. No stranger to BEAST, Jorge is enjoying a growing reputation both as an emerging figure of importance in the burgeoning Latin American scene and internationally. Since leaving the U.K. Jorge has established his own concert system, BLAST, and founded a significant…

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Sound Sculptures: Upcoming Events!

Sound Sculptures is a project by BEAST composers Emma Margetson and Nikki Sheth. This project explores the relationship between sound and sculpture along the University of Birmingham’s Sculpture Trail. Distinctive soundscapes respond to the physical properties and characteristics of each sculpture, transporting the listener between natural and abstract sound-worlds. Coming up for The Green Heart Launch Weekend… Sound Sculpture Trail…

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Elsa Jaeyoung Park wins ICMA 2018 Regional Award for Asia

We’re delighted to announce that BEAST Composer Elsa Jaeyoung Park has been awarded the ICMA 2018 Regional Award for Asia for her work Dysthymia at the 2018 International Computer Music Conference in Seoul, South Korea. The committee, which consisted of distinguished composers and scholars Choi Insook, Cort Lippe, Miriam Akkermann, Patrick Gunawan Hartono, Taehi Kim, and PerMagnus Lindborg noted that the work, which…

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BEAST FEaST 2018: featured artist Brona Martin

Brona Martin discusses her approach to composing and the inspiration that travelling has on her work. NightEscape will premiere at BEAST FEaST 2018 As an electroacoustic composer travelling has always inspired my compositions. There are many steps that we have to go through to get to our final destination: the satisfaction of closing my suitcase after the chaos of panic…

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London Jazz News Previews BEASTdome Pantry Session with Peter Evans and Sam Pluta Duo

Read what London Jazz News has to say about this special collaboration between BEASTdome Pantry Sessions, BEAST and Jazzlines. http://www.londonjazznews.com/2018/01/preview-peter-evans-sam-pluta-with.html The New York based duo of Peter Evans (trumpet) and Sam Pluta (electronics) bring their unique electroacoustic chamber music to the BEASTdome. The duo’s music bridges Evans’ efforts to explore new sonic worlds for a traditional acoustic instrument with Pluta’s…

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