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Barbican announces 2nd Autechre date (7 Oct) and Nabihah Iqbal as support for Arooj Aftab (17 Jun)

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Barbican adds second performance for Autechre, following sell-out


+ Zoviet France

Fri 7 Oct 2022, Barbican Hall, 7.30pm & 10PM

Tickets £25 – 35 plus booking fee
Cutting-edge English electronic music duo Autechre, featuring Rob Brown and Sean Booth, will come to the Barbican for the first time this October, giving two performances in one evening.  
Playing in darkness, this will be the first chance to hear new Autechre material since 2020’s SIGN and PLUS. With roots in 80's electro, their first release in 1991 developed a template for electronic music that stands firm today. Constantly evolving, the duo – so intertwined with the history of Warp Records – have created some of the most groundbreaking music of the last 30 years. With original sounds, intricately programmed funk and a characteristically northern take on conventional rhythm and structure, their style is always fresh and future-facing.
Support comes from Zoviet France – emerging from the experimental industrial scene in the 80s alongside the likes of Throbbing Gristle, Cabaret Voltaire and The Hafler Trio, this is a rare chance to catch them live.

Produced by the Barbican
10pm show on sale to Barbican patrons and members on Wed 16 Mar 2022 and on general sale on Fri 18 Mar 2022
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Support announced

Arooj Aftab

+ Nabihah Iqbal

Fri 17 Jun 2022, Barbican Hall, 7.30pm

Tickets £15 – 25 plus booking fee

Grammy-nominated, Brooklyn-based Pakistani composer, musician and singer Arooj Aftab makes her Barbican debut this spring. She will present material from her third album, 2021’s Vulture Prince, exploring themes of fleeting relationships and past places, friendship and loss.

Aftab, who sings in her native Urdu, is a uniquely uncategorisable artist and her music floats between classical minimalism and new age, Sufi devotional poetry and electronic trance, jazz structures and states of pure being.

'Vulture Prince' is about revisiting places I’ve called mine,” says Aftab, “places that don’t necessarily exist anymore. It's about people, friendships, relationships—some relationships that were unexpectedly short term, and how to deal with that.”
From Lahore in Pakistan, Arooj moved to America to study composition at Berklee aged 19 and has since cemented herself in the music scenes of Brooklyn, New York. Being named both one of NPR’s 100 young composers and one of Time Magazine’s top songs of 2021, Arooj’s acclaim has come from as diverse places as her music. 

Support comes from London musician, producer, DJ, writer and broadcaster, Nabihah Iqbal.

Produced by the Barbican in association with Bird on the Wire
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