Sound festival goes multi-media

Harpist Ruth Wall  will be performing at Woodend Barn
Harpist Ruth Wall will be performing at Woodend Barn

The 2012 sound Festival will launch at Woodend Barn on October 19 with a multi-media extravaganza.

The One Ensemble will bring their unique style of music making to Banchory in a concert that includes the Scottish Premiere of Road.

Combining live music with projections of super 8 film and slides, the work will create an imaginary journey through the past.

The full programme, which was announced earlier this month, is the most ambitious to date by the admired North-east music festival which is an initiative of Woodend Barn and the University of Aberdeen

Running over four weeks from October 19 – November 18, the 2012 sound festival offers more than 80 performances and events in thirty venues across North-east Scotland with a weekend of specially commissioned operas forming a major highlight.

The programme showcases the broad mix of new music for which sound has become recognised from instrumental to choral, jazz and electro-acoustic, and includes 18 World, UK and Scottish Premières. sound “regulars” and friends coming to Banchory for this year’s festival include Red Note Ensemble, harpist Ruth Wall, the Schubert Ensemble and dancer Michael Popper.

They are joined by sound “newcomers” including Mathew Herbert Quintet, Simon Thacker’s Svara Kanti and more.

“The 2012 sound festival is the most adventurous to date,” says Festival Director Fiona Robertson. “Sound is a showcase for performers across a wide variety of musical genres offering a vital platform for the vibrant and dynamic world of new music.”

“This year in an exciting new venture we take opera out of the concert hall and into venues as diverse as a lighthouse, a stable block, a pub and a bus. We are delighted that one of our sound Festival opera commissions, Pippa Murphy’s Bolted, will be staged in the World Horse Welfare centre at Belwade Farm in Aboyne.”

“We are also introducing a new workshop programme, soundgeneration, which will offer composing and performing opportunities to young people and a new family events programme, which this year includes projects with Red Note at Woodend Barn. “

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