New festival fuses sounds in Salford

Thursday 5 April 2012
John Cage
John Cage
A four-day festival will showcase international experimental music at venues across the city later this month.

Organised by the University of Salford, the first Salford Sonic Fusion Festival will celebrate the centenary of the birth of avant-garde music theorist John Cage (pictured) with the performance of some of his seminal music.

It will also feature pieces by experimental composers Luciano Berio and Cornelius Cardew, plus works from University staff and students including Dr Alan Williams, Jan Kopinski and Head of Music and festival curator Stephen Davismoon.

World-class artists such as legendary US jazz bassist Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Italian conductor Marco Visconti-Prasca, and Lithuanian concert pianist Lauryna Šableviciute, will be performing at the festival. In addition, it will include music from the Listening Cities project involving university partners from Italy, Greece, France and Austria.

Stephen Davismoon said: “The Salford Sonic Fusion Festival will offer our students a wonderful opportunity to play alongside some outstanding international artists and, along with our audiences, to enjoy cutting-edge performances, especially with respect to the part new digital technologies are playing in music-making today.”

Salford Sonic Fusion Festival runs from Thursday 26 April until Sunday 29 April 2012 at the University’s MediaCityUK building, Maxwell Hall at the University’s main campus, and Islington Mill, Salford.