Sonic Fusion

Sonic Fusion

Various venues, Edinburgh, Thu 18–Sun 21 Sep; see listings for full line-up

CONTEMPORARY

Left field music festivals aren’t exactly thin on the ground in this country. Edinburgh events, however, have had a lower profile than elsewhere, with the Dialogues weekend setting an electronically inclined tone, picked up in a more acoustic way by the recent Three Blows weekend. Somewhere between the two is the second edition of Sonic Fusion, a bi-annual shindig of contemporary chamber works running over ten days in a variety of spaces.

‘The idea,’ according to composer and Sonic Fusion artistic director Stephen Davismoon, ‘was to bring contemporary musical art to Scotland’s capital in all its various guises.

‘One of the things I’m most proud of is the fact that it isn’t just about electro-acoustic work, but as the name of the festival implies, it really tries to fuse things. So in terms of programming, there are no particular schools. We’re also trying to champion work from countries that don’t really get exposed on the European circuit, like Mexico and Korea, and find different platforms to put the work in.’

With this in mind, there will be concerts in formal spaces including St Giles Cathedral, Canongate Kirk, Stockbridge Parish Church and Napier University, as well as sound installations in the Voodoo Rooms. The festival will be book ended by events at the Filmhouse, where Sonic Fusion’s launch will include work by Pierre Schaeffer and Karlheinz Stockhausen, and performed by The Research Ensemble. A special afternoon event during the festival’s final weekend will feature a screening of Solaris, Andrei Tarkovsky’s 1972 science-fiction film noted for its electronic score by Russian composer Eduard Artemyev, which is juxtaposed with organ works by Bach.

‘One of the most significant forms of contemporary concert music for the last 20 years has been in mixed media,’ Davismoon points out. ‘Historically it hasn’t had that big an audience, but there has been a huge amount of activity, and it’s just a matter of time before that goes out and finds an audience. That’s part of what I’d like Sonic Fusion to be about, and in future I want it to be even more inclusive and even more diverse.’

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Sonic Fusion Festival Launch

The second Sonic Fusion Festival brings the best of international contemporary music to Edinburgh. Tonight's opening performance marks the 80th anniversary of the birth of Karlheinz Stockhausen and presents 'Beaver' and 'Wolf', from a new music theatre piece called 'Animals', by the festival's Artistic Director, Stephen…

Sonic Fusion Festival: Olivier Messiaen Portrait Concert

'Melodies, Preludes, Vingt Regards sur l' Enfant-Jesus' and 'Chants de Terre et de Ciel' performed by Birute Vainiunaite (piano) and Skaidra Jancaite (voice). 'Part of Sonic Fusion Festival'.

Sonic Fusion Festival

A solo piano recital by Mabel Kwan. 'Part of Sonic Fusion Festival'.

Sonic Fusion Festival

Pieces by Jancaite and Onaitis sung by Skaidra Jancaite. 'Part of Sonic Fusion Festival'.

Sonic Fusion Festival

Kevin Bowyer performs Olivier Messiaen's 'Livre du Saint Sacrament'. 'Part of Sonic Fusion Festival'.

Sonic Fusion Festival

A mixed programme by the Research Ensemble: Kunsu Shim, Gerhard Stäbler, Kunsu Shim, Gerhard Stäbler and Kunsu Shim. 'Part of Sonic Fusion Festival'.

Sonic Fusion Festival

Nicholas Ashton performs works by Robert Crawford (to coincide with his CD launch) and Haydn. 'Part of Sonic Fusion Festival'.

Sonic Fusion Festival

Up-to-the-minute compositions from the Contemporary Music Ensemble from Napier University, conducted by Ken Dempster. 'Part of Sonic Fusion Festival'.

Sonic Fusion Festival

An eclectic programme by the Brake Drum Percussion Ensemble from Treviso, Italy. 'Part of Sonic Fusion Festival'.

Sonic Fusion Festival

The Research Ensemble closes the festival with their 'Elliott Carter and Nigel Osborne Portrait Concert'. 'Part of Sonic Fusion Festival'.

Sonic Fusion Festival

Electronic sound art/installation created by Bryden Stillie, Haftor Medboe, Dave Hook and Paul Ferguson. 'Part of Sonic Fusion Festival'.

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