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Birmingham Conservatoire’s annual Frontiers Festival will soon be bringing a taste of the New York music and arts scene to Birmingham in a fantastic programme “that seeks the ‘extra’ in the ‘ordinary’, offering experiences that are joyful, hilarious, ecstatic, surreal, and generous”.

As part of their celebration of experimental American music the festival will be staging the world premiere performance of Robert Ashley’s String Quartet Describing the Motion of Large Real Bodies. This radical take on the string quartet features 42 performers of live electronics alongside the Elysian Quartet and the performance will be recorded and broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

In order to realise this ambitious work, the festival are seeking confident performers to control the live electronics. This will be achieved using midi-controllers connected to laptops controlling different parameters of the sound e.g. delays, reverb, pitch shift etc.  Whilst you do not need any instrumental skill you will need good listening skills, enthusiasm and interest in experimental music and be confident performing in public.

If you would like to be part of this historical musical event,  all the more poignant following the death of the composer earlier this month, you must be available to attend two rehearsals prior to the concert at Birmingham Conservatoire on:

1 April 8:30-9:30pm
2 April
 10:30am with the concert at 12:15-13:20

All equipment will be provided.

If you would like to get involved please send an email to Rosie Clements by Friday 21st March: