The Secret Life of Organs: The Necks + James McVinnie

12 April 2016 / 19:30
Union Chapel

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Set times for this concert:

6.30pm doors for 7.30pm start

7.30 - 8.30pm James McVinnie
8.30 - 8.50pm Interval
8.50 - 9.35pm The Necks

Please note that these set times are approximate and subject to change.

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A double-bill of experimental musicians revealing the secret sounds of Union Chapel’s majestic organ – using the instrument to its full potential, including music by Philip Glass and Tom Jenkinson (Squarepusher).

Australian trio The Necks are known for their improvisational approach, never playing the same set twice and each performance a ‘thrilling, emotional journey into the unknown’ (Guardian). This concert sees pianist Chris Abrahams eschew his usual instrument in favour of the organ, showing off the versatility of its deep, warm sounds as part of a trio.

Organist and composer James McVinnie is fast becoming the country’s leading performer of new organ music as comfortable playing medieval music as he is collaborating with the likes of Nico Muhly, Oneohtrix Point Never, Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire) and Bryce Dessner (The National). Here he plays a specially-commissioned new score by Tom Jenkinson (Squarepusher/Warp Records), which intertwines expansive classical influences with the chaotic intricacy for which Jenkinson is so well known, as well as performing two of Philip Glass’s most emblematic organ pieces.

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Produced by the Barbican in association with No-Nation and Union Chapel

Supported by Arts Council England and PRS for Music Foundation

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