The Arve Henriksen & Dreams Of Tall Buildings gig will start a little later tonight at 8.30pm instead of 8pm. Apologies for any inconvenience caused by this. There are still some tickets available from the MAC Box Office: www.macarts.co.uk
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The final day of Harmonic this year has just one event, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The Creative Composers Ensemble have been meeting at the MAC over the last few months and rehearsing in the public space. This open rehearsal format is a place for come of Birmingham’s most creative composers and musicians to try out new material and meet up with other like minded musicians. They will be playing from 1pm until 4pm in the Terrace Gallery so come down and have a relaxing Sunday afternoon listening to some great new music.
This time next week Day 2 of Harmonic will be being set up. There’s a lot of different gigs going on in lots of different venues at the MAC so we’ll break it down for you by venue here.
The MAC Theatre will be host to three fantastic gigs on Day 2. Firstly at 3.30pm the Mike Fletcher Quartet, a band of great young players from the Birmingham scene playing some of Mike’s ever joyful compositions. At 6pm we present a new project from one of our festival directors; Percy Pursglove’s Enchanted Heart. Percy will be playing both bass and trumpet and will be joined by long-standing friend Hans Koller on piano as they play new compositions from them both. Finally at 9pm will be Anglo-Norwegian band Food with special guest Bjørn Klakegg on guitar. Iain Ballamy and Thomas Strønen’s creative approach to composition and improvisation perfectly fits the ethos of Harmonic and we are very excited about this one.
Throughout the day in the Hexagon Fizzle’s Mike Hurley will be curating four sets of free improvisation on a theme of taste with some very special guests. Simon H. Fell, Shabaka Hutchings, Tony Marsh, Gail Brand, Miles Levin and Raymond MacDonald will, amongst others, be joining Mike to explore the flavours: Spicy (12.30pm), Sweet (3.00pm), Sour (5.30pm) and Savoury (8.00pm). One ticket will get you entry to all four sets at £12 (£9 concessions).
The best of Cobweb Collective will be performing in the Cafe at MAC throughout Saturday for free. The Lydia Glanville Quartet kick us off at 12pm with music inspired by the classic Coltrane quartet and Kenny Wheeler. At 2pm Elda will be interweaving composition, free improvisation and electronics for an open, exploratory sound. The Matt Ratcliffe Quartet will be at 5pm playing piano/organ wizard Matt’s compositions. Finally at 7pm the Greyish Quartet led by pianist David Grey playing his cinematic compositions with Sam Wooster, Nick Jurd and Jim Bashford.
From 12pm until his fingers work no more, Steve Tromans will be giving a mammoth solo performance. You can listen to the pianist as you explore the MAC on wireless headphones or suggest ideas for him to base his performance on via Twitter: @stevedirections or #directionsinmusic