Frontiers Midsummer Special – The Forge

22nd June 2011

The Forge, Camden


Programme curated by Joe Cutler and Andy Ingamells

‘Frontiers Contemporary Music Series’ presents a scorching extravaganza of uninhibited musical mayhem from the most innovative young composers on Birmingham’s burgeoning contemporary music scene. The 2010 series closed with the spectacular ‘Night of the Unexpected’ at Birmingham’s Glee Club hosted by Howard Skempton of BBC Proms fame, and this year will see the return of the ‘Frontiers Plus’ festival in April.

Tonight’s music all comes from Birmingham Conservatoire which is home to one of the most progressive composition departments in the country, and has recently played host to artists as diverse as Louis Andriessen, Frederic Rzewski, and Pierre Boulez.

Thumb have collaborated with Mary Wiegold, student singers and postgraduate composers from Birmingham Conservatoire to present new works for voice and small ensemble.Works include:

Neo Naiwen, Farewell
Stephen Willey, Climb
Jae-Moon Lee, The Snow Falling on Chagall’s Village
Andrea Granitzio, Closest Distance
Antonia Bates, Fireflies
Nicholas Stuart, Pyjama Pete and the Concrete Meringue Temptation

The evening will also feature sets by Giro Gleks, fresh from showcasing their dance inspired performance Whistles Go Woo in Birmingham earlier this month, and the Sebastiano Dessanay Trio performing his Songbook compositions.