The Sounds New Festival concert given by Lauren Redhead in Canterbury last weekend – a concert that featureda performance of Image, Music, Text – has been included in a review by Kelly Butler, a third-year BMus student at CCCU. The review reads as follows:
Sounds New Day 3 – Sunday 4th May
A sunny day in Canterbury was complemented with an array of music from Sounds New Festival today. Beginning in St. Peter’s Methodist Church was CCCU’s Dr. Lauren Redhead playing organ with electronics as part of her tour with Sound and Music. After hearing Lauren perform in March, I knew we were in for an exciting performance, but the sound was completely different this time around, as was the venue, and so the instrument and acoustics were different. A programme of new pieces – apart from Caroline Lucas’ amazing [Unnamed Map Series] (2009-2012) – gave even more of an insight into the kind of sounds that can be created with the available timbre and space. The way that Lauren and Alistair (electronics) perform the pieces back to back also means that the method of listening is different, as we listen out for distinguishing features defining each piece. Adam Fergler’s Image, Music, Text (2011) was a personal highlight, having read parts of Barthes’ book myself, the piece was a really interesting take on the words and the analytical ideologies behind them.
After Lauren’s concert came Exaudi’s ‘Austerity Measures’ concert, also in St. Peter’s Methodist Church. This was a truly sublime performance of music spanning over 500 years, from Thomas Tallis to James Weeks (the director of the ensemble). The choir used new instruments to complement their singing, such as vibration tones from wooden boxes, and a number of extra-vocal sounds, meaning the audience were engaged throughout the performance, waiting to see what they would do next. Despite their firm grasp and passionate performances of contemporary choral works, their performance of Tallis’ ‘Eight Tunes from Archbishop Parker’s Psalter’ was simply sublime. The choir split into two groups and seemed to sing to each other, as well as the audience. That kind of connection with music half a millennium apart is quite special, and really exciting to hear in the space of an hour-long concert!
Rounding off the evening was genre-bending (see what I did there?) Led Bib: a jazz/rock/electronics band that we were lucky enough to have perform in Anselm Studios. The ambience was perfect: (pretend) candles and beer in a dimly lit room with some fantastic and unique sounds! I would recommend this band to anyone and am so glad Sounds New gave me the opportunity to hear them: Sounds New marked the last leg of their tour, but I hope they come back to Canterbury soon!
Sounds New continues on until 9th May, and information about performances can be found at http://www.soundsnew.org.uk.
– Kelly Butler (BMus, Year 3)