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Manchester Collective: Black Angels

Sound Unwrapped

Fri 24 Mar 2023

Manchester Collective: Black Angels

Sound Unwrapped

Gabriella Smith Carrot Revolution
Edmund Finnis String Quartet No. 2
Moor Mother New Work – World Premiere
Franz Schubert Death and the Maiden, II.
George Crumb Black Angels
Manchester Collective Amplified string quartet
Rakhi Singh Music Director

God music. Devil music. New music.

George Crumb’s Black Angels is about as close as you’ll get to an acid trip without breaking the law. Subtitled ‘Thirteen Images from the Dark Land’, it’s a cult work for a reason – once you hear it, you’ll never forget it.

The notoriously difficult piece makes extraordinary demands of any string quartet who dare to attempt it. Musicians are instructed to chant in foreign languages, play their instruments upside down, incessantly tap the strings with thimbles and glass rods, scream, shout, beat, count and pray. It’s a roast.

Themes of death, destiny and obsessive spirituality prevail in Crumb’s avant-garde masterpiece – performed here alongside Death and the Maiden by Schubert. Elsewhere, the Manchester Collective present a brand-new commission by New York hip-hop artist, activist, poet and composer Camae Ayewa (Moor Mother). The set is completed by Edmund Finnis’ transcendent 2nd string quartet and Gabriella Smith’s fast and furious ‘Carrot Revolution’.

This is not music for the faint of heart. Come, journey into the black of the night.

About Manchester Collective:

Known for their experimental programming and daring collaborations, Manchester Collective perform a combination of cutting-edge contemporary music, classical masterpieces and staged work in spaces ranging from concert halls to warehouses, nightclubs to festivals. New music and collaboration are of vital importance to the Collective; they commission and present work by some of today’s most exciting artistic voices, crossing different genres and artforms.

Date:Fri 24 Mar 2023
Start time:8pm (Doors: 7.30pm)
Venue:Hall Two

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