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Tindersticks presents Minute Bodies: The Intimate World Of F. Percy Smith
Saturday 17 June 2017 / Barbican Hall / 20:00
Tickets £20 – 30 plus booking fee

Revered English band Tindersticks returns to the Barbican with a new live cine-event, following sold out concerts in April 2016 (The Waiting Room cine-concert) and October 2013 (as part of their 20th anniversary tour). This June they present their latest film and music project as part of the Barbican’s Film in Focus series of world-class arts and learning projects that celebrate the medium of film throughout 2017.

Minute Bodies: The Intimate World of F. Percy Smith is a meditative and immersive film, paying tribute to the astonishing work and achievements of naturalist, inventor and pioneering filmmaker F. Percy Smith. Directed by Stuart A. Staples, Minute Bodies is an interpretative edit that combines Smith's original footage with a new contemporary musical score by Tindersticks created from a loose collective of invited musicians including Thomas Belhom and Christine Ott. The result is a hypnotic, alien yet familiar dreamscape that connects audiences to the sense of wonder Smith must have felt as he peered through his own lenses, experiencing new micro-worlds for the first time.

Stuart A. Staples said : My main aim for Minute Bodies: The Intimate World of F. Percy Smith is that it invites Smith’s work to breathe and exist in the present. Smith was a major, unique figure. His work transcends the constraints of its time, and now it teaches us about patience, commitment, ingenuity and determination.

This Barbican performance features a screening of Minute Bodies , with the soundtrack played live by Tindersticks in the first half of the evening, followed by a set of Tindersticks songs in the second half.

The film and music Minute Bodies will be released later this year. Copies of City Slang limited edition LP/DVD & CD/DVD (release date 9 June) can be pre-ordered here . BFI expanded Blu-Ray (release date 12 June) can be pre-ordered here .

On sale to Barbican Members on Thursday 16 March
On general sale on Friday 17 March
Produced by the Barbican
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The Magnetic Fields: 50 Songs Memoir
Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 September 2017 / Barbican Hall / 19:30
Tickets £20 – 35 plus booking fee

The Magnetic Fields’ latest album, 50 Song Memoir (now out on Nonesuch Records, available in five-LP and five-CD editions), chronicles the 50 years of prolific US songwriter and Magnetic Fields founder and lead vocalist Stephin Merritt’s life with one song per year. This September the band will present the 50 songs featured on the album over two nights at the Barbican.

Merritt began recording on his 50th birthday on 9 February 2015. Unlike his previous work, the lyrics on 50 Song Memoir are nonfiction – in Merritt’s own words, “a mix of autobiography (bedbugs, Buddhism, buggery) and documentary (hippies, Hollywood, hyperacusis)”

In addition to his vocals on all 50 songs, Merritt plays more than 100 instruments on 50 Song Memoir, ranging from ukulele to piano to drum machine to abacus. In the Barbican concerts, the music will be played and sung by a newly expanded Magnetic Fields septet including Stephin Merritt, Sam Davol, Christopher Ewen, Anthony Kaczynski, Quince Marcum, Shirley Simms and Pinky Weitzman. The stage set will feature 50 years of artifacts both musical (vintage computers, reel-to-reel tape decks, newly invented instruments), and decorative (tiki bar, shag carpet, vintage magazines for the perusal of idle musicians). The seven performers each play seven different instruments, either traditional (cello, charango, clavichord) or invented in the last 50 years (Slinky guitar, Swarmatron, synthesizer).

To date, Stephin Merritt has written and recorded 12 Magnetic Fields albums, including the popular and critically acclaimed 69 Love Songs. A song from that record, The Book of Love, has been covered by Peter Gabriel and has appeared in numerous TV shows and films. Merritt has also composed original music and lyrics for several music theatre pieces, including an off-Broadway stage musical of Neil Gaiman's novel Coraline. Stephin Merritt also releases albums under the band names the 6ths, the Gothic Archies, and Future Bible Heroes.

On sale to Barbican Members on Thursday 16 March
On general sale on Friday 17 March
Co-commissioned by Barbican, Edinburgh International Festival, BAM, the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, and Melbourne Festival.
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GAS Live
+ Huerco S Live
Sunday 8 October 2017 / Barbican Hall / 20:00
Tickets £17.50 – 22.50 plus booking fee

German artist, music producer, label manager and co-founder of Kompakt – the internationally renowned, Cologne-based label for techno and electronic music – Wolfgang Voigt , returns to the Barbican in October, following his two sold-out shows at the Centre in 2009. This autumn he brings the latest live iteration of his iconic ambient project GAS, featuring new audio-visual creations and material from the upcoming full-length release NARKOPOP (out on Kompakt on 21 April 2017).

In the body of the work of Wolfgang Voigt – who, like few others, has shaped and influenced the world of electronic music with countless different projects since the early 1990s –, the classic aesthetic of GAS stands out in particular. This timeless work of sound art combining abstract nature sounds with strings and brass has not lost any of its luster since the last official GAS album release nearly two decades ago. This is evident in Kompakt’s 2016 autumn re-release of the back catalogue as a box set.

Tonight’s opening set comes from Brooklyn-based Huerco S aka Brian Leeds. The Kansas native, artist, producer and DJ has released music on labels such as Future Times, Proibito, Opal Tapes, and Software. Here he will present material from his more ambient-based 2016 album For Those Of You Who Have Never (And Also Those Who Have).

This Barbican Hall date in association with The Hydra forms part of the first GAS live tour in eight years. A brand synonymous with global electronic music, The Hydra was founded five years ago by Dolan Bergin and Ajay Jayaram – they have been curating festival stages and events in unusual settings such as churches, dilapidated warehouses and a former department store and thus cemented their reputation as one of London’s most potent club brands.

On sale to Barbican Members on Thursday 16 March
On general sale on Friday 17 March
Produced by the Barbican in association with The Hydra
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ALSO COMING UP SOON

Courtney Pine featuring Omar
+ Camilla George
Friday 17 March 2017 / Barbican Hall / 19:30
Tickets £15 – 25 plus booking fee
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Moonlight (2016 Dir Barry Jenkins)
Screening with live music featuring the London Contemporary Orchestra and composer Nicholas Britell
Saturday 18 March 2017 / Barbican Hall / 20:00
Tickets £15 – 25
Find out more and watch the Moonlight trailer here

SUNN O)))
+ Hildur Guðnadóttir
Tuesday 21 March 2017 / Barbican Hall / 20:00
Tickets £22.50 – 27.50 plus booking fee
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Manuel Göttsching performs E2-E4 / Ash Ra Tempel material
featuring Oren Ambarchi & Shags Chamberlain
Wednesday 22 March 2017 / Barbican Hall / 20:00
Tickets £22.50 – 27.50 plus booking fee
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Room 29 : Jarvis Cocker & Chilly Gonzales
Thu 23 – Sat 25 March 2017/ Barbican Theatre / 19:45
Tickets £16 – 35 plus booking fee
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Shostakovich: New Babylon (U)
World premiere live performance of Shostakovich’s lost original piano score by Sasha Grynyuk
Saturday 25 March 2017 / LSO St Luke’s / 19:30
Tickets £20 – 25 plus booking fee
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Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali
Monday 27 March 2017 / Barbican Hall / 19.30
Tickets £17.50 – 22.50 plus booking fee
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Piano Day 2017 at the Barbican
Featuring Piano Circus
Wednesday 29 March 2017 / Barbican foyers / 1pm & 6pm
FREE
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Giegling Collective
Silent Disco
Sunday 2 April 2017 / Barbican Conservatory / 19:00 (Doors 18:00)
Tickets £30 plus booking fee
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British Sea Power: Music for Polish Animation Classics
15. KINOTECA Film Festival
Closing Gala
Wednesday 5 April 2017 / Barbican Hall / 20:00
Tickets £15 – 22.50 plus booking fee
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The Can Project
Irmin Schmidt with London Symphony Orchestra/Thurston Moore + special guests
Saturday 8 April 2017 / Barbican Hall / 19:30
Tickets £20 – 35 plus booking fee
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AfroCubism Revisited
Featuring Bassekou Kouyaté, Seckou Keita, Yelfris Valdés, Piki Bosch and Hammadi Valdés
Sunday 23 April 2017 / Islington Assembly Hall / 20:00
Tickets £22.50 plus booking fee
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Sound Unbound 2017: Barbican Classical Weekender
Sat 29 – Sun 30 Apr 2017, Barbican Centre, 10am

Music In Twelve Parts
Monday 1 May 2017 / Barbican Hall / 16:30
Tickets £15 – 22.50
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Max Richter: Sleep
Saturday 6 May 2017 / Old Billingsgate / 23:00 (Doors 22:00)
Tickets £75 – 125 plus booking fee
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Whyte Horses Experience
Thursday 11 May 2017 / Barbican Hall / 20:00
Tickets £15 – 22.50
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Songhai by Toumani Diabaté, Juan & Josemi Carmona & Javier Colina
Saturday 13 May 2017 / Barbican Hall / 20:00
Tickets £17.50 – 25 plus booking fee
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Sasha: re-Fracted (live)
Sat 20 & Sun 21 May 2017 / Barbican Hall / 20:00
Tickets £22.50 – 30 plus booking fee
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Manana//Cuba: A Night of Afro-Cuban Collaborations
Featuring DJ Tennis, Plaid, Ariwo, Soundspecies, Aché Meyi and Obbatuké
+ Racubah DJ’s and Alayo
Friday 26 May 2017 / Barbican Hall / 19:30
Tickets £17.50 – 22.50 plus booking fee
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Bing & Ruth
Friday 26 May 2017 / LSO St Luke’s / 20:00
Tickets £15 plus booking fee
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The Unthanks: How Wild The Wind Blows
Performing the Songs and Poems of Molly Drake
Sunday 28 May 2017 / Milton Court Concert Hall / 15:00 & 19:30
Tickets £20 – 25 plus booking fee
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Jeff Mills: From Here to There
8, 9, 10 & 12 June 2017
Milton Court Concert Hall, Barbican Cinema 1, Barbican Hall
Tickets £20 – 35 plus booking fee
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Alexis Taylor: Listen With(out) Piano Live
Friday 9 June 2017 / LSO St Luke’s / 19:30
Tickets £15 – 20 plus booking fee
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Ezra Furman: That’s When It Hit Me
An evening of vicious songs, bold experiments and bizarre epiphanies
Part of Bella Union 20
Thursday 13 July 2017 / Barbican Hall / 19:30
Tickets £15 – 20 plus booking fee
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Mercury Rev with Royal Northern Sinfonia
Part of Bella Union 20
Friday 14 July 2017 / Barbican Hall / 19:30
Tickets £30 – 40 plus booking fee
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Walthamstow Garden Party
Lloyd Park
Saturday 15 – Sunday 16 July 2017
FREE ENTRY
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Branford Marsalis Quartet with special guest Kurt Elling
Sunday 16 July 2017 / Barbican Hall / 19.30
Tickets £20 – 40 plus booking fee
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Laura Mvula
+ London Symphony Orchestra
Conducted & orchestrated by Troy Miller
Friday 21 July 2017 / Barbican Hall / 19:30
Tickets £20 – 35 plus booking fee
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Toots and the Maytals
Friday 28 July 2017 / Barbican Hall / 19:30
Tickets £25 – 45 plus booking fee
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Ben Frost & Daníel Bjarnason: Music for Sólaris
Saturday 29 July 2017 / Barbican Hall / 19:30
Tickets £20 – 25 plus booking fee
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COMING UP IN AUTUMN 2017

Gainsbourg Symphonic with Jane Birkin
Featuring Heritage Orchestra and conductor Geoffrey Styles
Artistic direction: Philippe Lerichomme
Piano & musical arrangements: Nobuyuki Nakajima
Tuesday 26 September 2017 / Barbican Hall / 19:30
Tickets £20 – 35 plus booking fee
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Darbar Festival: Kaushiki Chakraborty
Sunday 8 October 2017 / Milton Court Concert Hall / 18:00
Tickets £18 – 50 plus booking fee
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GoGo Penguin: Koyaanisqatsi
A New Score Performed Live
Wednesday 11 October 2017 / Barbican Hall / 19:30
Tickets £15 – 25 plus booking fee
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Shiraz: A Romance of India (1928)
World premiere live screening of the BFI National Archive’s latest restoration
Featuring a newly commissioned score composed and performed by Anoushka Shankar
Saturday 14 October 2017 / Barbican Hall / 19:30
Tickets £17.50 – 25 plus booking fee
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Tan Dun: The Martial Arts Trilogy
with the London Symphony Orchestra
Thursday 30 November 2017 / Barbican Hall / 19:30
Tickets £17.50-35 plus booking fee
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COMING UP IN 2018

Niladri Kumar: Seduced by the Sitar
Tuesday 13 March 2018 / Milton Court Concert Hall / 19:00
Tickets £18 – 50 plus booking fee
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ENDS

Notes to Editors

Barbican Box Office: 0845 120 7550
www.barbican.org.uk

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About the Barbican
A world-class arts and learning organisation, the Barbican pushes the boundaries of all major art forms including dance, film, music, theatre and visual arts. Its creative learning programme further underpins everything it does. Over 1.1 million people attend events annually, hundreds of artists and performers are featured, and more than 300 staff work onsite. The architecturally renowned centre opened in 1982 and comprises the Barbican Hall, the Barbican Theatre, The Pit, Cinemas One, Two and Three, Barbican Art Gallery, a second gallery The Curve, foyers and public spaces, a library, Lakeside Terrace, a glasshouse conservatory , conference facilities and three restaurants. The City of London Corporation is the founder and principal funder of the Barbican Centre.

The Barbican is home to Resident Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra ; Associate Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra ; Associate Ensembles the Academy of Ancient Music and Britten Sinfonia , Associate Producer Serious , and Artistic Partner Create . Our Artistic Associates include Boy Blue Entertainment , Cheek by Jowl , Deborah Warner, Drum Works and Michael Clark Company . International Associates are Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam , New York Philharmonic , Los Angeles Philharmonic , Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig and Jazz at Lincoln Center .

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Press enquiries:

For any further information, images or to arrange interviews, please contact the Barbican’s music media relations team:

Annikaisa Vainio-Miles, Media Relations Manager
t - +44 (0)20 7382 7090
e – annikaisa.vainio-miles@barbican.org.uk

Sabine Kindel, Senior Media Relations Officer
t - +44 (0)20 7382 6199
e – sabine.kindel@barbican.org.uk

Rachel Coombes, Media Relations Officer
t - +44 (0)20 7382 6196
e – rachel.coombes@barbican.org.uk

Jean Tang, Media Relations Assistant
t - +44 (0)20 7382 6138
e – jean.tang@barbican.org.uk