Recent and Upcoming Performances

Marino, Clancy, Fargion, Braxton

Plus-Minus Ensemble

19:00, Friday 27 October 2023
The Lab
Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
200 Jennens Road, B4 7XR Birmingham
United Kingdom

Plus-Minus Ensemble presents a programme of three new compositions that explore interdisciplinary interactions between music and new digital technologies. The works are commissioned by Zubin Kanga as part of Cyborg Soloists (UKRI funded project hosted at Royal Holloway, University of London), which is connecting composers, performers and sound artists with researchers and industry partners to develop artistic and technological innovations.

Plus-Minus will also present a realization of Anthony Braxton’s Ghost Trance Music — a ritualistic meta-composition in which his entire musical universe comes together.

Jessie Marino Seahorses 202310
Seán Clancy Where the Paths End 202330
Francesca Fargion Louise, gently falling 202317
Anthony Braxton Ghost Trance Music 30

Marino, Clancy, Fargion, Braxton

Plus-Minus Ensemble

20:00, Sunday 29 October 2023
Cafe OTO (external link)
18-22 Ashwin St, Dalston
E8 3DL London
United Kingdom

Plus-Minus Ensemble presents a programme of three new compositions that explore interdisciplinary interactions between music and new digital technologies. The works are commissioned by Zubin Kanga as part of Cyborg Soloists (UKRI funded project hosted at Royal Holloway, University of London), which is connecting composers, performers and sound artists with researchers and industry partners to develop artistic and technological innovations.

Plus-Minus will also present a realization of Anthony Braxton’s Ghost Trance Music — a ritualistic meta-composition in which his entire musical universe comes together.

Jessie Marino Seahorses 202310
Seán Clancy Where the Paths End 202330
Francesca Fargion Louise, gently falling 202317
Anthony Braxton Ghost Trance Music 30

Marino, Clancy, Fargion, Braxton

Plus-Minus Ensemble

MINU Festival

20:00, Saturday 18 November 2023
KU.BE
Dirch Passers Allé 4
2000 Copenhagen
Denmark

Plus-Minus Ensemble presents a programme of three new compositions that explore interdisciplinary interactions between music and new digital technologies. The works are commissioned by Zubin Kanga as part of Cyborg Soloists (UKRI funded project hosted at Royal Holloway, University of London), which is connecting composers, performers and sound artists with researchers and industry partners to develop artistic and technological innovations.

Plus-Minus will also present a realization of Anthony Braxton’s Ghost Trance Music — a ritualistic meta-composition in which his entire musical universe comes together.

Jessie Marino Seahorses 202310
Seán Clancy Where the Paths End 202330
Francesca Fargion Louise, gently falling 202317
Anthony Braxton Ghost Trance Music 30

Morphing Time

Plus-Minus Ensemble

Deep Time

19:30, Sunday 19 November 2023
Fruitmarket
45 Market St
EH1 1DF Edinburgh
United Kingdom

Plus Minus Ensemble presents a diverse programme, inviting the listener into contact with the material nature of sound, rather than what it represents. Franzson’s time stretching work slows down the body and mind to draw one into the grain of sound. Lim (external link)’s duo is titled after the Viking rune symbolising fertility and imagines a ritualistic creation of sound itself. Crane sustains the most elemental of musical objects to create a feeling of timelessness and space. Lang (external link)’s Game series creates a dynamic and reactive environment for the performers who negotiate an overlapping stack of interacting loops. Shiori Usui (external link) has created a new piece for Deep Time exploring the layering of instrumental and electronic sound.

Shiori Usui Morphing Time 2023*10
Liza Lim INGUZ (fertility) 1996
David Franzson ideation #2.1 201816
Bernhard Lang GAME 5-4-2 20208
Laurence Crane Riis 19968

Genre Roulette

Hashtag Ensemble

19:00, Thursday 7 December 2023
Hashtag Lab (external link)
ul. Barska 29
02-315 Warsaw
Poland

Mark Knoop joins Hashtag Ensemble as soloist for a portrait concert of Matthew Shlomowitz (external link) to mark the start of his residency with the ensemble.

Matthew Shlomowitz Fast Medium Swing 200810
Matthew Shlomowitz Popular Contexts 2 201025
Matthew Shlomowitz Glücklich, Glücklich, Freude, Freude 201920

Diabolus Apocalypsis

20:00, Tuesday 19 December 2023
IKLECTIK (external link)
Old Paradise Yard
SE1 7LG London
United Kingdom

Join us for a night of eclectic performances including reconsidered reassembled Romantic Lieder traditions, and pianos bowed with fishing wire and multitracked into thundering magnificence with accompanying film of glimpses of worldwide repetitive manual labour. With Tim Parkinson, Francesca Fargion, and Kerry Yong.

Chris Newman My Inability 199011
Dave Smith Diabolus Apocalypsis 197625
Francesca Fargion 8 Songs 202320
Phill Niblock Pan Fried 200220

Arbor

Apartment House

20:00, Sunday 7 January 2024
Cafe OTO (external link)
18-22 Ashwin St, Dalston
E8 3DL London
United Kingdom

Finlay Clark like oil it glistens multicolours 2023*20
Denis Sorokin Arbor 2023*10
Chihiro Ono Rabbit Hole 2023*20

Plans for Future Operas

New and Newest Music Festival

20:00, Friday 23 February 2024
Arter (external link)
Irmak Caddesi No: 13 Dolapdere
Beyoğlu 34435 Istanbul
Turkey

Part of his ongoing series of Plans for Future… works, this staged piece for voice and keyboards is a collection of fragments of ideas, fantastical scenarios that pay no heed to the laws of physics and acoustics. Written for soprano Juliet Fraser (external link) and pianist Mark Knoop, the performance unfolds in front of an abundance of projected drawings, handmade visualisations of Øyvind’s fantasy opera worlds.

Øyvind Torvund Plans for Future Operas 202250

Games and Songs

Plus-Minus Ensemble

22:30, Saturday 24 February 2024
Centro Cultural de Belém (external link)
Praça do Império
1449-003 Lisbon
Portugal

Plus Minus Ensemble presents a diverse programme, inviting the listener into contact with the material nature of sound. Bernhard Lang (external link)’s Game 542 creates a dynamic and reactive environment for the performers who negotiate an overlapping stack of interacting loops. Liza Lim (external link)’s duo is titled after the Viking Rune symbolizing fertility and imagines a ritualistic creation of sound itself.

Davíð Brynjar Franzson’s time-stretching work slows down the body and mind to draw one into the grain of sound. The instruments meld with each other, fusing into a single pulsating entity, and creating a hypnotic experience. The witty and playful 8 Songs by composer/performer Francesca Fargion are joyfully observant of everyday scenarios. The concert ends with Laurence Crane’s tribute to Danish road cyclist Bjarne Riis, as slow changing organ chords trigger gentle responses from clarinet and cello.

Bernhard Lang GAME 5-4-2 20208
Liza Lim INGUZ (fertility) 1996
David Franzson ideation #2.1 201816
Francesca Fargion 8 Songs 202320
Laurence Crane Riis 19968

Plans for Future Operas

Aspekte Salzburg

21:00, Wednesday 6 March 2024
Szene Salzburg (external link)
Anton-Neumayr-Platz 11
Salzburg
Austria

Part of his ongoing series of Plans for Future… works, this staged piece for voice and keyboards is a collection of fragments of ideas, fantastical scenarios that pay no heed to the laws of physics and acoustics. Written for soprano Juliet Fraser (external link) and pianist Mark Knoop, the performance unfolds in front of an abundance of projected drawings, handmade visualisations of Øyvind’s fantasy opera worlds.

Øyvind Torvund Plans for Future Operas 202250

Musical Intelligence

Plus-Minus Ensemble

19:00, Wednesday 13 March 2024
Reid Concert Hall
Edinburgh College of Art
EH8 9AG Edinburgh
United Kingdom

Plus Minus Ensemble has commissioned Michael Finnissy (external link) and Bryn Harrison (external link) with the generous support of the Hinrichsen Foundation and the Vaughan Williams Foundation.

Michael Finnissy M.I. Musical Intelligence 2023*35
Bryn Harrison Towards a slowing of the past 2023*40

Musical Intelligence

Plus-Minus Ensemble

BBC Radio 3

19:30, Friday 15 March 2024
BBC Maida Vale Studios (external link)
Delaware Road
W9 2LG London
United Kingdom

Plus Minus Ensemble has commissioned Michael Finnissy (external link) and Bryn Harrison (external link) with the generous support of the Hinrichsen Foundation and the Vaughan Williams Foundation.

Michael Finnissy M.I. Musical Intelligence 2023*35
Bryn Harrison Towards a slowing of the past 2023*40

Strange Autumn

Plus-Minus Ensemble

Archipel Festival

18:30, Saturday 13 April 2024
La Maison Cummunale de Plainpalais
Rue de Carouge 52
1205 Geneva
Switzerland

Mark Knoop and Serge Vuille present Takasugi (external link)’s mesmerising reflection alongside fixed-media works by the composer.

Steven Kazuo Takasugi Strange Autumn 2003/0418

Plans for Future Operas

Only Connect Oslo

21:00, Friday 26 April 2024
Nasjonal Jazzscene (external link)
Karl Johans gt. 35
0162 Oslo
Norway

Øyvind Torvund Plans for Future Operas 202250

Flavours of France I

Yorkshire Wolds Music Festival

20:00, Saturday 25 May 2024
St Andrew’s Church
Bainton
YO25 9NL
United Kingdom

Claude Debussy Sonata for Cello and Piano D minor 1915
Edith Canat de Chizy Formes du Vent 200311
Camille Saint-Saëns Clarinet Sonata opus 167 192117
Georges Aperghis Récitation 9 19785
François Couperin Les Fastes de la grande et ancienne Ménestrandise 171610
Gabriel Fauré Trio for piano, clarinet and cello opus 120 192318

Flavours of France II

Yorkshire Wolds Music Festival

22:00, Saturday 25 May 2024
St Andrew’s Church
Bainton
YO25 9NL
United Kingdom

Claude Debussy Préludes Book 1 1909-1040

Inferner Park

Plus-Minus Ensemble

19:30, Sunday 30 June 2024
Cafe OTO (external link)
18-22 Ashwin St, Dalston
E8 3DL London
United Kingdom

Plus-Minus Ensemble musicians Mira Benjamin and Mark Knoop present works for violin and piano, and are joined by Belgian recorder trio Apsara performing Matthew Shlomowitz and Jasper Vanpaemel.

Thomas Stiegler Inferner Park 201625
Matthew Shlomowitz Explorations in polytonality and other musical wonders, Volume 2 202120
Galina Ustvolskaya Sonata for Violin and Piano 195220

Inferner Park

Plus-Minus Ensemble

19:00, Tuesday 2 July 2024
Reid Concert Hall
Edinburgh College of Art
EH8 9AG Edinburgh
United Kingdom

Thomas Stiegler Inferner Park 201625
Martin Parker new work 2024*20
Galina Ustvolskaya Sonata for Violin and Piano 195220
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