Music to die for: near-death experience symphony to take the stage at Salford Sonic Fusion Festival

Friday 4 April 2014
Saskia Moore, composer of 'Dead Symphony'

A work inspired by the sounds heard by people during near-death experiences is just one of the highlights of a four-day festival of experimental contemporary music and sound installations hosted by the University of Salford next week (Thursday 3-Sunday 6 April).

Dead Symphony by Australian artist Saskia Moore will be performed by avant-garde ensemble Apartment House on Saturday 5 April as part of the second annual Salford Sonic Fusion Festival, which celebrates the best of cutting edge classical, innovative electronic and improvised music.

Moore has transcribed the memories of sounds from interviewees who have been near death to create a symphony of beautiful instrumental and vocal harmonies and melodies, in contrast to what some people may feel is a morbid subject.

Joining Dead Symphony at the Festival will be a unique virtual piano and voice recital on Friday 4 April. Using the latest online streaming technology, a performance by Lithuanian pianist Lauryna Sableviciute at the University’s Digital Performance Lab within its MediaCityUK campus will be linked to vocalist Taylor Wilson, who will simultaneously perform from Edinburgh Napier University. The result is a live concert with video which will sound to the audience as if both musicians are appearing on the same stage.

Along with a number of innovative electronic and electro-acoustic concerts, the MediaCityUK campus will also host an audience participation event focused on the interactive screen tables in the foyer.

Salford’s St Philip with St Stephen Church will be the venue on Saturday 5 April for a big band show featuring the music of legendary US jazz composer Oliver Nelson and an audio-visual organ recital, while the Festival will close on Sunday 6 April with an eclectic concert at Islington Mill.

Festival organiser and the University’s Director of Music, Professor Steve Davismoon, said: “I look forward to four days packed full of extraordinary explorations of exciting new music from all over the world.”

Full programme details for the Salford Sonic Fusion Festival, including ticket prices, are available at www.salford.ac.uk/sonicfusionfestival.