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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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Spitfire Audio: Showcase

Contemporary / Luminate

As part of a new partnership for Luminate, Spitfire Audio will be hosting an afternoon of workshops and panels, followed by an evening of unique collaborative performances by the London Contemporary Orchestra, Alev Lenz and more.

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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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Vanishing Twin

Contemporary / Luminate

Dressed for the closing night of the original Dadaist nightclub Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich, they sound like they are playing jazz at the end of the world’s end. They are like nothing else. Challenging, morphing, eclectic, ethereal – engaging.

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RVNG Intl. Presents: Emily A. Sprague, Sign Libra & Dialect

Contemporary / Luminate

We are delighted to present a special showcase from one of the most distinctive and influential record labels operating today, the Brooklyn-based RVNG Intl.

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Goat (JP) + Housewives

Contemporary / Luminate

A new scintillating double bill with inimitable Japanese instrumentalists Goat and London’s Housewives who present a new audiovisual live show.

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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 Feat. Stewart Lee

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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