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NottNOISE New Music Marathon
9 CONCERTS | 35 COMPOSERS | 38 MUSICIANS

Sunday 29 November 2020

Curated by Nottingham Forum for Artistic Research (NottFAR), this one-day epic features new works by over 30 composers from the Midlands and beyond.

Performed by an array of international soloists and ensembles, the hugely varied programme will journey from works for toy piano to contrabass clarinet, and Celtic carnyx to string quartet. In addition, interviews with the composers from across the region, will help celebrate the richness and creativity of Midlands new music.

NottNOISE New Music Marathon was originally scheduled for earlier this year as a live event, however NottFAR is delighted to partner with Lakeside Arts to bring this exciting free programme to audiences online.

Composers: Frank Abbot, Logan Barrett, Léa Boudreau, Oğuz Büyükberber, John Cage, Skipton Camerata, Joe Cutler, Fabio Fabbri, Ben Gaunt, Annachiara Gedda, Jonathan Harvey, Tom Hill, Toshio Hosokawa, David Jackman, Amanda Johnson, Dorian Kelly, Elizabeth Kelly, John Kenny, Dan Kessner, Lore Lixenberg, Duncan MacLeod, Ronald MacNiven, Julia Mermelstein, Fumiko Miyachi, James Opsted, Helen Papaioannou, Ivano Pecorini, Ashley Pegram, Miroslav Spasov, Sohrab Uduman, Thomas Whitcombe, Tom Williams, Michael Wolters, John Young, Nina C. Young, and Yixuan Zhao

Performers: Jason Adler, Oğuz Büyükberber, Ikuko Inoguchi, John Kenny, Lore Lixenberg, Pascal Meyer, James Opsted, Simon Paterson, Xenia Pestova Bennett, Carla Rees, and Sarah Watts.

Ensembles: Cobalt Duo, Galvanize Ensemble, Mariabrice Sapphocatherin, Primary Music Group, rarescale, and Villiers Quartet.

CONCERTS:

Midlands Community Music: Musical Responses to Lockdown by Students
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Midlands Community Music: Musical Responses to Lockdown by Students

Sunday 29 November
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11am | Our first concert explores how Midlands music students have adapted to lockdown. 

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Tête-à-Tête – New Music For Toy Piano
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Tête-à-Tête – New Music For Toy Piano

Sunday 29 November
Online Event

12noon | This concert spotlights the serious musical potential of the whimsical toy piano.

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Midlands Piano: Spotlighting Birmingham Composers
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Midlands Piano: Spotlighting Birmingham Composers

Sunday 29 November
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1pm | This concert features Birmingham-based composers’ innovative approaches to the piano. 

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Resonances: Low Flutes, Low Clarinets & Comedy
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Resonances: Low Flutes, Low Clarinets & Comedy

Sunday 29 November
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2pm | This concert features rarescale, internationally acclaimed performers who specialise in the lowest, largest variants of their instruments.

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The Voice of the Carnyx. New Music for Trombone & the Celtic Carnyx
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The Voice of the Carnyx. New Music for Trombone & the Celtic Carnyx

Sunday 29 November
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3pm | Scottish trombonist John Kenny performs new works for trombone culled from our international call for scores.

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Deep Sounds – Mixed Bill
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Deep Sounds – Mixed Bill

Sunday 29 November
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4.30pm | This concert showcases three different approaches to bringing together music and technology. 

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Acousmatic Journeys
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Acousmatic Journeys

Sunday 29 November
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6pm | In this concert, we spotlight composer John Young, Professor in Composition at De Montfort University in Leicester. 

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Feeding the Beast: New Works for Bass & Contrabass Clarinet
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Feeding the Beast: New Works for Bass & Contrabass Clarinet

Sunday 29 November
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7.30pm | This concert features new music written for Sarah Watts to perform on the contrabass clarinet – affectionately referred to as ‘the beast’.

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NottNOISE After Hours – Mixed Bill
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NottNOISE After Hours – Mixed Bill

Sunday 29 November
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9pm | This late-night concert spotlights performances from the NottNOISE series which showcases adventurous new music and noise creators from the Midlands.

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HOW TO JOIN

These events will be available online on our Youtube page. Please subscribe to our channel and check out the NottNOISE Marathon playlist where all concerts and interviews will be published at the scheduled time on Sunday 29 November and will remain accessible for your future enjoyment.

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INTERVIEWS

As part of the Marathon, interviews connected to each concert provide further insights to the compositions, performers, methods and instruments featured.

To see a detailed line-up of the interviews, please visit the Artist Interviews page.

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FEED BACK & TAKE PART

This programme is part of a research project exploring audience responses to new music. NottFAR is asking those interested in the New Music Marathon to sign up to receive a post-event evaluation email, to help gather as much audience feedback as possible.

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Funded by the University of Nottingham, NottNOISE New Music Marathon forms part of a wider programme of new music events under the umbrella of Nottingham Forum for Artistic Research (NottFAR). Founded in 2016, NottFAR is an ongoing programme of new music concerts and outreach initiatives curated by University of Nottingham Associate Professor in Music Composition and composer Elizabeth Kelly, University of Nottingham Assistant Professor and composer Duncan MacLeod, and University of Nottingham Assistant Professor of Performance and pianist Xenia Pestova Bennett.

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