Critically acclaimedcomposer/performer Laura Cannell’s hcmf// commission FEATHERS UNFURLEDis a narrative about physical and emotional boundaries and liminallandscapes. Deconstructing her compositions and using them as graphic scoresfor semi-improvised pieces which seek to dissolve borders, Cannell eschewsformal structure to re-imagine a sonic landscape unrestricted by timeor origin.
hcmf// presents the only UK performance of the late PaulineOliveros' elemental Primordial/Lift, featuring the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and Manchester-basedensemble Distractfold. Joining these two tireless advocates of contemporarymusic creation in a one-off celebration of her work will be Oliveros’ long-timecollaborators Fritz Hauser, IONE and Anne Bourne.
Inwhat has in recent years become a tradition during the Festival’s closingweekend, hcmf// presents an eclectic mix of work across multiple stages, broadcastlive on BBC Radio 3’s flagship new music programme Hear and Now. This year, The Riot Ensemble perform works by thelate iconic American artist Pauline Oliveros, including the rarely heard The Wheel of Time, for string quartetand tape. Austrian group Nikel present the first performance of a new work byEnno Poppe, while Arizona-based Scottish electronic music composer andperformer Lauren Sarah Hayes presents the world premiere of her latest work,commissioned by hcmf//. Philadelphia duo Archer Spade complete the line-up.
EnsembleGrizzana return to hcmf// with an expanded line-up and a programme of worldpremieres, both loosely based on two pieces of early music: Ockeghem’s Déplorationsur la mort de Binchois and Byrd’s Oh Lord How Vain. From thiscommon starting point, composers Jürg Frey and Magnus Granberg workedseparately, producing fascinatingly different results, both haunted by distantechoes of the source material.
hcmf//welcomes experimental folk artist, singer, and multi-instrumentalist Sam Amidon to Huddersfield for the first time with a highly unpredictable programme of hisown works. Following the release of his latest album, The Following Mountain, this performance represents a new approach for Amidon, who shifts here from his previous norm of re-working traditional folk songs to present nine wholly original compositions. A cast of improvising musicians will support, reflect and challenge Amidon’s music, weaving together to create a night of one-of-a-kind music.
Austrianensemble Nikel bring hcmf// 2017 to a close with a bang! Inspired by Berlin raveand techno culture, their collaboration with composer Alexander Schubert andGerman indie singer, Mohna, allows the quartet to reach out into new terrainsnot always accessible under the constraints of the traditionalcomposer-performer relationship. Perfectly staged in the vast Bates MillBlending Shed, Nikel invite you to let go, be euphoric and party.