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HCMF - Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival

HCMF - Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival Check out www.hcmf.co.uk hcmf// is an annual, international festival of contemporary and new music, over 10 days consisting of approximately 50 events, including concerts, music-theatre, dance, multi-media, talks and film, with a related Learning and Participation programme devised and implemented to reflect the artistic programme and respond to regional need.

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We're under two weeks away from our hcmf// shorts deadline...If you're interested in performing as part of our yearly al...
14/06/2022

We're under two weeks away from our hcmf// shorts deadline...

If you're interested in performing as part of our yearly all-dayer of short concerts, get your proposal in!

More details:

https://hcmf.co.uk/open-call-hcmf-shorts-2022/

Join us for a FREE hcmf// concert next week!World renowned experimental ensemble Australian Art Orchestra will cap off t...
10/06/2022
Free hcmf// concert: Australian Art Orchestra - Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival

Join us for a FREE hcmf// concert next week!

World renowned experimental ensemble Australian Art Orchestra will cap off their three-day residency in Huddersfield with a huge performance - featuring all six of the artists we've selected to collaborate with them.

This concert is open to all for free. We’ll be kicking things off on Thursday 16 June at 7pm. Join us then to find out what three days burrowed away with the AAO sounds like.

Featuring David and Daniel Wilfred, songmen from Ngukurr in Arnhem Land, Australia who created the record 'Hand to Earth' with the AAO, the ensemble will present their new music with Cath Roberts, Seth Bennett, Mandhira de Saram, Megan Steinberg, Alex Ives and Bell Lungs.

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OPEN CALL: hcmf// shorts 2022If you're interested in bringing your project or performance to the festival, our open call...
31/05/2022
Open call: hcmf// shorts 2022 - Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival

OPEN CALL: hcmf// shorts 2022

If you're interested in bringing your project or performance to the festival, our open call for applications is live now!

A staple of the festival, hcmf// shorts is a performance and mentoring opportunity for emerging artists working across the UK.

Every year, hcmf// shorts takes place on the Monday of the festival and brings in some of our largest audiences, providing performers with an amazing opportunity to play to packed venues.

Find out more about how you can apply below:

Our full day of concerts from emerging artists returns this year - find out how you can apply to perform at the festival.

We're super excited to announce the four artists joining us in Huddersfield for the Creative Music Intensive, our collab...
27/05/2022
Meet our Australian Art Orchestra residents - Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival

We're super excited to announce the four artists joining us in Huddersfield for the Creative Music Intensive, our collaborative residency with Australian Art Orchestra, taking place this June.

In this new, bitesize format, members of the ensemble will spend three days working with our artists in Huddersfield, workshopping new music pieces collaboratively. On the final day of the residency, the artists will perform these new works in an hcmf// concert.

Congratulations to our residents!

🟦 Seth Bennett

🟦 Alex Ives

🟦 Bell Lungs

🟦 Megan Steinberg

Selected from an open call, our final four artists will be collaborating on music with the AAO over three full days this June.

Watching Cath Roberts perform 'and then the next thing you know', her immense improv piece for hcmf// 2021, was an absol...
20/05/2022

Watching Cath Roberts perform 'and then the next thing you know', her immense improv piece for hcmf// 2021, was an absolute delight: fragments of her destroyed graphic score hanging from the ceiling, and her newly assembled cr-ow-tr-io getting tangled up in it, trying to make sense of her directions on the ground.

The saxophonist is bringing the piece out of the woodworks this next Thursday for its second ever performance at City, University of London. Make sure you get down there and this one!

Book a free ticket: https://www.city.ac.uk/news-and-events/events/2022/may/cath-roberts

Watch now - our new Artist to Artist talk with Rani Jambak and Supriya Nagarajan.Our Artist to Artist series invites mus...
17/05/2022
Watch our Artist to Artist talk with Rani Jambak and Supriya Nagarajan - Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival

Watch now - our new Artist to Artist talk with Rani Jambak and Supriya Nagarajan.

Our Artist to Artist series invites musicians to take part in free, unmoderated discussions, discovering along the way the things that draw them together.

In their conversation, Rani and Supriya discuss exploring ecology through music – and their experiences of recording water sounds.

Check out the full discussion below.

In our newest Artist to Artist talk, Rani Jambak and Supriya Nagarajan discuss ecological projects and their experiences of Huddersfield.

Claudia Molitor has a new record coming out, and it looks wonderful. Fourteen gloriously weird, fragmented songs combini...
11/05/2022
Have you ever, by Claudia Molitor

Claudia Molitor has a new record coming out, and it looks wonderful.

Fourteen gloriously weird, fragmented songs combining 'untrained voice, delicate instrumentals, field recordings and experimental electronics'.

It's a chance to hear the composer writing in the first person, refocusing her music and presenting it on a more personal scale.

Can't wait to hear this. Check out the Nonclassical description below:

13 track album

New Artist to Artist talk coming your way soon!We're really excited to be forging forward with these discussions in the ...
11/05/2022

New Artist to Artist talk coming your way soon!

We're really excited to be forging forward with these discussions in the coming months. We'll be inviting more musicians to take part in our unmoderated discussions, discovering along the way the things that draw them together.

We've got one coming up very soon - between Musician In Residence Rani Jambak and Supriya Nagarajan - and in the mean time, you can check out the archive:

https://hcmf.co.uk/artist-to-artist-talks/

Explore Ensemble have recorded a new version of Joanna Bailie's revelatory 2020 piece DISSOLVE - with video and all!We w...
09/05/2022
Dissolve — Joanna Bailie

Explore Ensemble have recorded a new version of Joanna Bailie's revelatory 2020 piece DISSOLVE - with video and all!

We were overjoyed to premiere DISSOLVE at our stay-at-home edition of hcmf// in 2020, presenting it as part of our broadcast programme on BBC Radio 3. But as a result, we had to ditch the stunning visual element of the piece, which draws parallels between film edits and our self-deleting memories.

Check out Explore Ensemble's new recording of Bailie's piece, in all its audio-visual glory, below.

Dissolve (2020)for sextet, video, and tapeby Joanna Bailiejoannabailie.com00:00 Part 106:17 Part 211:45 Part 313:53 Part 4Performed by Explore Ensembleexplor...

There are still two weeks left to apply for our callout. Come work with Australian Art Orchestra this June!Collaborate w...
27/04/2022
Call for Music Creators for our Australian Art Orchestra residency - Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival

There are still two weeks left to apply for our callout. Come work with Australian Art Orchestra this June!

Collaborate with some of Australia's most renowned composers and improvisers, and take part in an hcmf// performance of your work.

We're looking for any UK-based artists who make their own music. No experience of working with ensembles or reading music is required.

https://hcmf.co.uk/call-for-music-creators-for-our-australian-art-orchestra-residency/

Australian Art Orchestra will collaborate with our selected musicians on 'satellite residencies' in Huddersfield.

Our Musician in Residence Rani Jambak is prepping a new installation - and journaling about her experiences. ✍️Inspired ...
26/04/2022
Rani's Residency Journal: Making a water wheel - Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival

Our Musician in Residence Rani Jambak is prepping a new installation - and journaling about her experiences. ✍️

Inspired by traditional water wheels, she's learning how to build her own - and has been on site getting design ideas.

You can read about her adventures finding materials for the project, and her attempts to find a local natural site to present the installation at, in her new blog.

Read more:

https://hcmf.co.uk/ranis-residency-journal-working-with-water-wheels/

Our Musician in Residence talks us through designing and building a fully-functioning water wheel for her upcoming installation.

Alex Ives has announced a new Specimens album, coming our way this May via First Terrace Records!The follow-up to In the...
20/04/2022

Alex Ives has announced a new Specimens album, coming our way this May via First Terrace Records!

The follow-up to In the Dust of Idols and Cafe Songs is a massively collaborative affair - Ives worked across these compositions with some of his favourite artists, including Peter Broderick, Midori Hirano, Benoît Pioulard and Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch.

We've been excited for this since Alex mentioned it was in the works in his hcmf// feature last year.

https://specimensmusic.bandcamp.com/album/intersections

"I love to develop musical ideas, and also love presenting them in different ways. I want to make a connection between M...
19/04/2022
An interview with Rani Jambak, our Musician in Residence - Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival

"I love to develop musical ideas, and also love presenting them in different ways. I want to make a connection between Minangkabau and Huddersfield through soundscapes of nature."

This month, we’re delighted to be hosting Rani Jambak as part of the British Council’s Musicians in Residence programme. Rani is exploring the local environment of Huddersfield through her ecological sound campaign, #FORMYNATURE.

Check out our interview with Rani, where we discuss the project, and her experience getting a digital tour of Huddersfield and its artists.

https://hcmf.co.uk/an-interview-with-rani-jambak-our-musician-in-residence/

We talk to Rani Jambak about #FORMYNATURE, her ecological sound campaign, and discuss her early experiences of Huddersfield

An all-dayer from Riot Ensemble!Our friends are curating a huge day of music this April 30th, presenting Kings Place wit...
19/04/2022
Riot Curates: Things to do in the Belly of a Whale • What's On • Kings Place

An all-dayer from Riot Ensemble!

Our friends are curating a huge day of music this April 30th, presenting Kings Place with one of their signature smorgasbords.

'Things to do in the Belly of a Whale' is a full festival of new works considering how the last two years have 'impacted, expanded and collapsed relationships between human beings.'

Find out more below!

https://www.kingsplace.co.uk/whats-on/things-to-do-in-the-belly-of-a-whale/

As part of their ReNEW residency at Kings Place, Riot Ensemble curates a day-long festival which asks questions about how the past two years have impacted, expanded and collapsed relationships between human beings. Stretching from Riot’s 2020 Call for Scores winner Alec Hall’s deep-dive in...

Calling music makers!We're looking for four UK-based artists to join Australian Art Orchestra as they bring their collab...
14/04/2022
Call for Music Creators for our Australian Art Orchestra residency - Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival

Calling music makers!

We're looking for four UK-based artists to join Australian Art Orchestra as they bring their collaborative residency project to Huddersfield for the very first time.

This June, the group will work closely with our selected musicians in a three-day intensive residency focused on new, collectively created works, with an hcmf// performance on the final day.

Find out how you can get involved:

https://hcmf.co.uk/call-for-music-creators-for-our-australian-art-orchestra-residency

Australian Art Orchestra will collaborate with our selected musicians on 'satellite residencies' in Huddersfield.

'Listen to my World is another step forward in Molitor’s expansive, outward-looking approach to creating.'Claudia Molito...
13/04/2022
Listen to my World | An Audio VIisual installation by Claudia Molitor

'Listen to my World is another step forward in Molitor’s expansive, outward-looking approach to creating.'

Claudia Molitor's collaborative new installation travels to SPOR festival later this month!

In an audio-visual installation, Molitor maps out the experiences of six participants, emphasising the importance of collective, inclusive storytelling.

Immerse yourself in the project via its new website:

https://listentomyworld.co.uk/

Listen to my World is born out of an interest in listening to stories less often told, and the belief that these stories matter.

A little reminder that our Artist to Artist archive is up to date and available to explore!Six unmoderated discussions b...
13/04/2022

A little reminder that our Artist to Artist archive is up to date and available to explore!

Six unmoderated discussions between composers working across disciplines.

No hosts, no questions and no themes – instead, we’ve asked our artists to improvise a little, to discuss the similarities and differences found in their music, and to learn about each other as we do.

We started recording these in 2020 and will have more to share very soon...

https://hcmf.co.uk/artist-to-artist-talks/

11/04/2022

10 seconds of clarinet and electronics from our Current Climate launch event last week!

Thanks so much to Hayley Suviste for a phenomenal performance, to Kwas / Wine Shop & Bar for having us and to all of our panellists for your insights on tackling climate action through the music world.

Stay tuned for more Current Climate events this year!

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We're launching the Current Climate tomorrow!Join us for for our free panel discussion and performance at Kwas / Wine Sh...
05/04/2022
The Current Climate: ‘Culture and its potential to inspire positive climate action’ - Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival

We're launching the Current Climate tomorrow!

Join us for for our free panel discussion and performance at Kwas / Wine Shop & Bar at 6.30pm.

We'll be hosting a discussion about climate action in the music industry, thinking about the positive influence culture can have on our approaches to sustainability.

The talk will be followed by a performance from sound artist Hayley Suviste.

Find out more:

https://hcmf.co.uk/the-current-climate-culture-and-its-potential-to-inspire-positive-climate-action/

Join us for the first discussion in our new series of events focused on climate change and sustainability.

We're delighted to be working alongside our friends at Opera North to bring Julia Holter's 'The Passion of Joan of Arc' ...
30/03/2022
Rescheduled dates for Julia Holter's Passion of Joan of Arc

We're delighted to be working alongside our friends at Opera North to bring Julia Holter's 'The Passion of Joan of Arc' to hcmf// this year!

Holter will be joined by the chorus of Opera North for this massively anticipated performance - we're thrilled to be presenting it as part of the festival.

We'll have more to share about booking tickets down the line, but for now you can read about the project from Opera North's website:

https://www.operanorth.co.uk/news/rescheduled-dates-for-julia-holters-passion-of-joan-of-arc/

Julia and her band will be joined by the 36-strong Chorus of Opera North for the premiere of her live soundtrack at Huddersfield Town Hall for hcmf//, with a further date at the Barbican. There will be a further date for the ensemble at London's Barbican on 25 November.

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We're very excited to announce that Julia Holter and her band will be joined by the 36-strong Chorus of Opera North for the long awaited soundtrack for silent film The Passion of Joan of Arc. Premiering at HCMF - Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival on 23 Nov 22 (tickets announced soon) then heading to Barbican Centre on 25 Nov 22 (tickets 31 March, with general booking from 7 April) Find out more >>> https://www.operanorth.co.uk/news/rescheduled-dates-for-julia-holters-passion-of-joan-of-arc/
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Where to start other than, what in many respects, is believed to be the Origin, but at the same time the End. Whatever Remains reflects at some point my Origin (the spectral genesis of sense) and at the same time the Origin of new Borders and Old Specters. The Spirit comes by coming back. And it reflects this coming back, concealed as the new. 1991, Whatever remains is a music and atmospheric journey through compositions and transmissions that reflects the occupation and the resistance of Lithuania in the January 11th-13th events, where Lithuanians fought for a free future, and were confronted by soviet military and tanks. The events were transmitted worldwide, but what remains to be reflected is the years after, where a country would rise with its bloody past as a haunting ghost, that in some ways keeps coming back I new forms. Released January 11, 2022, as a contribution to Kaunas 2022. All songs by Andrius Kisbye Hofmann-Lagunavicius except Cosmonaut which is an interpretation of На заре (Na Zare) by Альянс (Alyans), 1987.
To bid adieu to 2021 and hello 2022 TOMORROW we will release new videos on YouTube of Mauro Lanza & Andrea Valle's cycle for machines and ensemble — Systema naturæ — made with HCMF + November Music Here's a clip from the final piece, Fossilia! 🤘🤘🤘
After the release of her latest single 'The Swan', Nwando Ebizie had a little chat with #BenjaminTassie for his 'Future Classical' podcast on Resonance 104.4fm featuring contemporary composers speaking about their music and what inspires them. Also, hear more about Nwando's recent HCMF - Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival commission, and her new album, forthcoming on Accidental in 2022.
[ DANS NOS STUDIOS ] "Dead trees give no shelter" Du 6 au 10 décembre 2021 — RESIDENCE ARTISTIQUE Avec Florentin Ginot, Soa Ratsifandrihana, Helge Sten Parler de « Dead trees give no shelter » se ferait avant tout à l’aide de termes picturaux : surface, pigments, rugosités et aspérités, oxydation, fusion. Florentin Ginot invite le public dans un espace soumis à l’érosion où se mêlent les matières chorégraphiques, musicales, lumineuses et architecturales. Observer un tableau d’apparence statique, en ressentir l’imperceptible vibration. — En savoir + : > https://gmem.org/residence/florentin-ginot-soa-ratsifandrihana-helge-sten/ — Coproduction : GMEM Partenariats : Cité musicale-Metz, centre chorégraphique national de Caen en Normandie, CCN de Bourgogne Franche-Comté - Viadanse, Grame Cncm Lyon, Les Subsistances (Lyon), HCMF - Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (UK), Centre des Monuments Nationaux, SACEM
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