Concerts

Future and past performances and events

Strange Autumn

6:30pm Saturday 13 April 2024
Festival Archipel
Geneva
Switzerland

Steven Kazuo Takasugi • Strange Autumn

Strange Autumn
Andy Catlin

Towards the past

7:30pm Friday 15 March 2024
BBC Studios
Maida Vale
London

Michael Finnissy • M.I. Musical Intelligence [wp]
Bryn Harrison • Towards a slowing of the past [wp]

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

Details and free tickets here.

Hinrichsen Foundation logo Vaughan Williams Foundation logo

Towards the past
Hugo Romano Guimarães

Towards the past

7:00pm Wednesday 13 March 2024
Reid Concert Hall
Edinburgh College of Art
Edinburgh

Bryn Harrison • Towards a slowing of the past [wp]
Michael Finnissy • M.I. Musical Intelligence [wp]

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

Details and free tickets here.

Hinrichsen Foundation logo Vaughan Williams Foundation logo

Towards the past
Hugo Romano Guimarães

Games and Songs

10:30pm Saturday 24 February 2024
Centro Cultural de Belém, Black Box
Lisbon
Portugal

Bernhard Lang • Game 542
Liza Lim • Inguz
Davíð Brynjar Franzson • Ideation #2.1
Francesca Fargion • 8 Songs
Laurence Crane • Riis

Plus Minus Ensemble, with Francesca Fargion, voice.

A diverse programme, inviting the listener into contact with the material nature of sound. Bernhard Lang’s Game 542 creates a dynamic and reactive environment for the performers who negotiate an overlapping stack of interacting loops. Liza Lim’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.

Games and Songs
Chris Scott, courtesy Fruitmarket

Deep Time

7:30pm Sunday 19 November 2023
Fruitmarket Warehouse
Market Street
Edinburgh

Shiori Usui • Morphing Time [wp]
Liza Lim • Inguz
Davíð Brynjar Franzson • Ideation #2.1
Bernhard Lang • Game 542
Laurence Crane • Riis

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’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’s Game series creates a dynamic and reactive environment for the performers who negotiate an overlapping stack of interacting loops. Shiori Usui has created a new piece for Deep Time exploring the layering of instrumental and electronic sound.

Deep Time
James Crosby

Marino, Clancy, Fargion, Braxton

8:00pm Saturday 18 November 2023
MINU Festival
Ku.Be
Dirch Passers Allé 4
Copenhagen

Jessie Marino • Seahorses [wp]
Seán Clancy • Where the Paths End [wp]
Francesca Fargion • Louise, gently falling [wp]
Anthony Braxton • Ghost Trance Music

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.

Marino, Clancy, Fargion, Braxton
Camille Blake

Marino, Clancy, Fargion, Braxton

8:00pm Sunday 29 October 2023
Cafe Oto
London

Jessie Marino • Seahorses [wp]
Seán Clancy • Where the Paths End [wp]
Francesca Fargion • Louise, gently falling [wp]
Anthony Braxton • Ghost Trance Music

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.

Marino, Clancy, Fargion, Braxton
Camille Blake

Marino, Clancy, Fargion, Braxton

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

Jessie Marino • Seahorses [wp]
Seán Clancy • Where the Paths End [wp]
Francesca Fargion • Louise, gently falling [wp]
Anthony Braxton • Ghost Trance Music

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.

Marino, Clancy, Fargion, Braxton
Camille Blake

Marino, Clancy, Fargion, Braxton

7:00pm Wednesday 25 October 2023
UNESCO week of sound West Court
Edinburgh College of Art
Edinburgh

Jessie Marino • Seahorses [wp]
Seán Clancy • Where the Paths End [wp]
Francesca Fargion • Louise, gently falling [wp]
Anthony Braxton • Ghost Trance Music

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.

Marino, Clancy, Fargion, Braxton
Camille Blake

A line alongside itself

7:30pm Thursday 6 July 2023
West Court
Edinburgh College of Art
Edinburgh

Newton Armstrong • A line alongside itself
Alice Purton • The spider’s web is thin, and it holds me [wp]

A line alongside itself
Camille Blake

A line alongside itself

8:00pm Tuesday 4 July 2023
Cafe Oto
London

Newton Armstrong • A line alongside itself
Alice Purton • The spider’s web is thin, and it holds me [wp]
Natacha Diels • Somewhere Beautiful

A line alongside itself
Camille Blake

Real Telepaths

11:00am Tuesday 4 July 2023
Klangspuren Schwaz
Szentrum Schwaz, Austria

Neil Luck • Real Telepaths

With players from TENM and students from Landesmusikschule Schwaz and Musikgymnasium Innsbruck.

Real Telepaths
Ash Sealy - What About The Ash