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In this open-ended series we shine a light into the crucible of new music creation today, revealing exhilarating cross-currents in sound and style through boundary-breaking, visceral performances.

From contemporary orchestral composition to shimmering electronic sound worlds, musical expression is becoming less defined by genre, more framed by its emotional and cultural contexts. Luminate taps into this bold, exploratory landscape in a series of shows that will provoke and inspire.

The third season starting January 2020 is brought to you in association with Spitfire Audio.

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Silver Screens, Black Mirrors

Contemporary / Luminate

Pioneering Australian pianist Zubin Kanga performs ground-breaking new works exploring our relationships to screen technologies, from classic cinema to video games.

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Tomaga & Pierre Bastien

Contemporary / Luminate

Instrument builder and composer Pierre Bastien collaborates with London based experimental duo Tomaga to produce sounds curiously evocative of free jazz by the likes of Sun Ra paired with the percussive sound worlds of artists like Francis Bebey, along with unique and sometimes bizarrely exotic tonal landscapes of composers such as Catherine Christer Hennix.

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DM Stith + Harry Burgess (Adult Jazz)

Contemporary / Luminate

DM Stith’s unique voice bridges, in seemingly effortless and inviting ways, the beguiling expanse between quailing sadness and featherlight joy.

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Rafael Anton Irisarri + Oliver Coates

Contemporary / Nature Unwrapped

Rafael Anton Irisarri and Oliver Coates begin a new dystopian noise collaboration for Nature Unwrapped, exploring a world endgame scenario caused by accelerated environmental change.

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Peter Zummo + Military Genius

Contemporary / Luminate

Coming from the interdisciplinary avant-garde of New York City’s downtown scene, Peter Zummo’s work over the years with Arthur Russell, Love of Life orchestra, Flying Hearts, and Lounge Lizards

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Mira Calix & the Calix Ensemble

Contemporary / Nature Unwrapped

The Kalahari’s San people tell of a bee that carried a mantis across a river. The exhausted bee leaves the mantis on a floating flower, planting a seed in its body. According to their folklore,

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Eliza McCarthy & Jo Wills

Contemporary / ‘Under 14s’ / ‘Under 30s’ Tickets

Leading contemporary pianist, Eliza McCarthy, plunges into the natural world in this beguiling sequence of works for piano, analogue, amplified and prepared.

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NYX + Christina Vantzou

Contemporary / Nature Unwrapped

NYX; electronic drone choir, and composer Christina Vantzou present a new, breathing symphony for electronics and the voice inspired by symbiosis in the natural world. 

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Triad God

Contemporary / Luminate

As part of the new season of Luminate we couldn’t be more excited to announce a very rare performance, from Triad God AKA Vinh Ngans.

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The Necks

Contemporary / Luminate

Forming in Sydney Australia in 1986, over the last 30 years The Necks have built an international reputation as masters of their own musical language of long-form improvisation.

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Laura Cannell's Modern Ritual XIII

Contemporary / Nature Unwrapped

Laura Cannell’s Modern Ritual is ancient, modern, experimental, real, fictional, personal, folkloric. It explores human and mechanical rituals, failure of ritual and provides a platform to premiere new works in the UK. 

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