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Sonorities Festival of Contemporary Music

April 13, 2006

One of the most boundary-crossing festivals in Europe Sonorities 2006
will present more than 20 events in six days.

We are proud to present the visionary free Jazz of Anthony Braxton the
rock/new music fusion of Fred Frith with The Ulster Orchestra conducted
by Baldur Brönnimann the veteran violinist Carlos Zingaro cross-genre
percussionist Chris Cutler the 10 string guitar of Stefan Östersjöone
of Britain’s most radical and innovative composers – Richard Barrett in
the duo FURT with Paul Obermeyer the electroacoustic music of SARC’s
composer in residence Christian Calon the 20 year-long collaboration
between pianist Jorge Lima Barreto and guitarist Victor Rua – Telectu
the adapted violas and spectral voices of Harry Partch Horacio
Radulescu and Tristan Murail with Elisabeth Smalt and Alfrun Schmid the
unique performance of intermedia artist Adriana Sá and many more…

The Open Fader call for works attracted more than 150 works
performances and installations from more than 25 countries. Four
lunchtime concerts are dedicated to presenting a small selection of
these works which include the extraordinary 6-piece band Halal Kebab
Hut the ground-breaking collaborative performance project Alexander’s
Annexe with live DJing and Video the magical world of new electronic
instruments performed by Atau Tanaka’s Sensors_Sonics_Sights and the
exquisite mix of voice and calligraphy of Korean singer and artist
Ge-Suk Yeo.

On Friday the 28th April in partnership with the Cathedral Quarter Arts
Festival Sonorities will present events such as a performance at St.
George’s Market a boat tour on the Lagan river and a club night
featuring the Realtime-Mind-Music-Video-Re-De-Construction-Machine of
sCrAmBlEd?HaCkZ! and VJ collective Stanzacrew.

The 2006 edition of Sonorities focuses on the theme of
composer/performer. This festival presents a profile of international
artists who propose alternatives to the traditional composer/performer
relationship and resist generic modes of dissemination in favour of
specific performance or presentation situations. A large number of
events take advantage of the unique Sonic Laboratory at the Sonic Arts
Research Centre Queen’s University/Belfast. The centre was officially
opened by Karlheinz Stockhausen during Sonorities 2004.000 The Sonic
Laboratory includes arrays of loudspeakers strategically located around
above and below the audience area. Audiences walk out onto a suspended
acoustically transparent floor and experience a multi-dimensional sound
world in the centre of a cube.

The performance program of Sonorities 2006 is complemented by talks by
composers and artists. This year’s festival includes the TWO THOUSAND +
SIX Symposium on performance in technology mediated environments
initiated by performer and theorist Franziska Schroeder. This symposium
is a one day event taking place on the 29th April and features keynote
speakers Susan Broadhurst (author of “Liminal Acts: A Critical Overview
of Contemporary Performance and Theory” “Digital Practices: A Critical
Overview and Neuroesthetic Approach to Performance and Technology” and
the forthcoming "Performance and Technology: Practices of Virtual
Embodiment and Interactivity) and Ben Watson (Wire contributor
Trotskyist and Zappaphile. Watson has written extensively on themes such
as pop culture situationism punk Adorno Frank Zappa and
improvisation. He is the author of “The Negative Dialectics of Poodle
Play” – Derek Bailey and the Story of Improvisation – and – Art Class
and Cleavage – ). Other speakers include Clarisse Bardiot Jeff Hannam
Simon Waters Alastair Bannerman Michelle Kasprzak Anthone Braxton and
Atau Tanaka.

Festival Chair: Dr. Pedro Rebelo

For bookings please contact or +44 (0)28 90974829
Sonic Arts Research Centre
Queen’s University Belfast

Dr. Pedro Rebelo
Director of Research
Sonic Arts Research Centre

Sonorities Festival of Contemporary Music