Barbican announces Unsound Dislocation London and Ryoji Ikeda Test Pattern

Unsound Dislocation: London 
Friday 8 December 2017 / Barbican Hall / 19:30 
Tickets £17.50 – 22.50 plus booking fee 

Unsound, one of the world’s foremost festivals of electronic and experimental music returns to the Barbican on 8 December as part of its Dislocation series. Unsound Dislocation: London explores geography and identity though three sets including Unsound-commissioned works, a world premiere, and audio/visual collaborations. Together these works take the audience on a journey through Arctic Russia, Poland, Brazil, the UK and beyond.

NIVHEK (Liz Harris/ Grouper) performs alongside visual artist Marcel Weber, also known as MFO. Performing After its own death, the result of a residency in Murmansk, located in the Russian Arctic; the work is paradoxically minimalist, both harsh and dreamlike, exploring landscape, nostalgia and isolation via sound and image. After its own death is commissioned by Unsound, the Barbican and Goethe-Institut.

A rare live performance by The Caretaker aka Leyland Kirby of V/VM marks the Krakow-based artist’s first return to his homeland in six years. The Caretaker draws on a mysterious collection of vinyl records to create music that explores disintegration, memory and time. The performance draws from an extensive project exploring dementia via six albums released over a three year period. In this world premiere, video for the piece will be created by Weirdcore, a visual collaborator of Aphex Twin.

Soft Power sees London-based electronic musician felicita join forces with traditional dancers from the renowned Śląsk Song and Dance Ensemble. This Unsound-commissioned work synthesizes traditional choreography and costume with new music to create a hypnotic multimedia experience. The concept stems from felicita’s childhood education in traditional dance, exploring folk culture, national identity, tourism, branding, illusion and farce. Soft Power is co-produced by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute as part of its Polska Music programme promoting Polish music worldwide. The presentation has been produced as part of the international cultural programme accompanying Poland’s centenary of regaining independence.

Following the Barbican Hall performances, Lebanese-born and Berlin-based artist Rabih Beaini takes to the Barbican’s ClubStage to play one of his intense and characterful DJ sets incorporating techno, jazz, music from the Middle East, Indonesia and much more.

Unsound Dislocation: London is curated by Unsound artistic director, Mat Schulz.

On sale to Barbican Members on Thursday 20 July 2017
On general sale Friday 21 July 2017
Produced by the Barbican in association with Unsound Festival
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ADDITIONAL ANNOUNCMENTS

Post-concert Q&A - Laura Mvula
+ London Symphony Orchestra
Conducted & orchestrated by Troy Miller

Friday 21 July 2017 / Barbican Hall / NEW: 20:00
SOLD OUT, returns only

Following the evening’s concert a Q&A featuring Laura Mvula and Troy Miller will take place discussing their collaboration and performance with the London Symphony Orchestra.

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RECENTLY ANNOUNCED

Ryoji Ikeda: Test Pattern
Thursday 28 September 2017 / The Old Selfridges Hotel / 19:00 & 21:30
Tickets £22.00 plus booking fee

Two audio/visual performances by Japan’s leading electronic composer and visual artist Ryoji Ikeda will be presented in Barbican co-promoted concerts at The Old Selfridges Hotel, Thursday 28 September. Entitled Test Pattern, the work uses a real-time computer program to convert audio signal patterns into tightly synchronised barcode patterns on screen. The resulting visuals are ultra-fast and designed to test both the audio visual devices used and the responses of the audience. Accompanying the visuals is a stark, powerful sonic soundtrack typical of the elaborately mathematical orchestration that Ikeda has become well known for. Ikeda has performed at the Barbican and associated venues several times in recent years. Previous concerts include immersive club show supercodex (Village Underground, 2015), an exploration of quantum theory dubbed superposition (Barbican Theatre, 2013) and the pure data-manipulating datamatics [ver.2.0] (Barbican Hall, 2011).

Produced by the Barbican in association with ThirtyThreeThirtyThree
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COMING UP SOON

Laura Mvula
+ London Symphony Orchestra
Conducted & orchestrated by Troy Miller

Friday 21 July 2017 / Barbican Hall / NEW: 20:00
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Toots and the Maytals with special guest Leba
+ Captain Accident
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

Julius Eastman Memorial Dinner
Saturday 9 September 2017 / LSO St Luke’s / 20:00
Tickets £20 plus booking fee
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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
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Jim Jarmusch Revisited
Featuring Mulatu Astatke, Alex Kapranos, Camille O'Sullivan and Jolie Holland
Wednesday 20 & Thursday 21 September 2017 / Barbican Theatre / 19:30
Tickets £15 – 30 plus booking fee
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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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Midori Takada
+ Visible Cloaks
Part of Transcender 2017
Thursday 28 September 2017 / Milton Court Concert Hall / 19:30
SOLD OUT, returns only
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Kayhan Kalhor with the Rembrandt Trio
+ Awj Trio
Part of Transcender 2017
Friday 29 September 2017 / Barbican Hall / 19.30
Tickets: £20 – 25 plus booking fee
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Sacred Imaginations 1 :
New and Ancient Music of the Christian East
Part of Transcender 2017
Saturday 30 September 2017 / Barbican Hall / 19.30
Tickets: £20 – 27.50 plus booking fee
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Different Trains 1947
featuring audio-visual collaborations from Actress, Sandunes and Jack Barnett
+ Darkstar
Part of Transcender 2017
Sunday 1 October 2017 / Barbican Hall / 19.30
Tickets: £15 – 22.50 plus booking fee
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Spacebomb Revue
Friday 6 October 2017 / Barbican Hall / 19:30
Tickets £20 – 30 plus booking fee
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Kid Creole & The Coconuts / Arto Lindsay
+ Justin Strauss
Part of Basquiat: Boom for Real
Saturday 7 October 2017 / Barbican Hall / 19:30
Tickets £17.50 – 25 plus booking fee
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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
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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 / 20:00
Tickets £17.50 – 25 plus booking fee
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Dasha Rush & LCC
Wednesday 18 October / Milton Court Concert Hall / 19:30
Tickets £10 – 20 plus booking fee
Produced by the Barbican in association with Clon
Supported by the Goethe-Institut London
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Matthew Herbert’s Brexit Big Band
Reisezehrung
Monday 23 October 2017 / Barbican Hall / 19:30
Tickets £15 – 30 plus booking fee
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Moondog for Gamelan: Performed by Iwan Gunawan & Stefan Lakatos
Saturday 28 October 2017 / LSO St Luke’s / 19:30
Tickets £20 - 25 Plus booking fee
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Camille
Monday 30 October 2017 / Barbican Hall / 19:30
Tickets £20 – 35 plus booking fee
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Saz’iso
Saturday 4 November / LSO St Luke’s / 20:00
Tickets £20 – 25 plus booking fee
Produced by the Barbican
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Chucho Valdés + Gonzalo Rubalcaba
Part of EFG London Jazz Festival
Saturday 11 November 2017 / Barbican Hall / 14:30
Tickets £20 – 40 plus booking fee
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RIOT DAYS – Pussy Riot Theatre
Friday 17 November 2017 / Islington Assembly Hall / 20:00
Tickets £20 plus booking fee
Produced by the Barbican
Supported by the Tsukanov Family Foundation
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Pharoah Sanders Quartet
+ Denys Baptiste + Alina Bzhezhinska
A concert for Alice and John Coltrane
Part of EFG London Jazz Festival
Saturday 18 November 2017 / Barbican Hall / 19:30
Tickets £15 - 35 plus booking fee
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Terence Blanchard Quintet
Joe Zawinul’s Stories of the Danube
BBC Concert Orchestra and conductor Kristjan Järvi
Part of EFG London Jazz Festival
Sunday 19 November 2017 / Barbican Hall / 19:30
Tickets £20 – 35 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

Planet Harmonik by Aloysius Suwardi
Thursday 18 January 2018 / Milton Court Concert Hall / 19:30
Tickets £20 plus booking fee
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Nils Frahm – All Melody
Wednesday 21 Friday 23 & *Saturday 24 February 2018 / Barbican Hall / 19:30, *15:00 & 20:00
Tickets £25 – 35 plus booking fee
Produced by the Barbican in association with Bird on the Wire
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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

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