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Barbican announces Mica Levi date for April 2022

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Mica Levi: ***
+ Still House Plants

Fri 29 Apr 2022, Milton Court Concert Hall, 7.30pm

Tickets £20 plus booking fee

The Barbican’s music programme this April includes a concert of new group compositions by Mica Levi, comprising first performances of pieces from their collection of scores entitled star star star, alongside a performance of Thoughts Are Born. Consisting of written text instructions, speech rhythm techniques and drawings, the scores are available as PDFs via CURL, with star star star also published as a 24-page pamphlet by Cafe Oto.

South London-based Mica Levi is known for their soundtrack work – including Under The SkinJackieMonos and Zola – and they are also a member of the groups CURL (alongside Brother May and Coby Sey), Good Sad Happy Bad and Tirzah. 

The evening’s opening set will be a performance by Still House Plants. The trio, formed at Glasgow School of Art and made up of Jess Hickie-KallenbachFinlay Clark and David Kennedy, create experimental sound which is inspired by improvisation and repetition.

Produced by the Barbican 

Commissioned by the Barbican and co-commissioned by Bristol New Music
On sale to Barbican patrons and members on Wed 26 Jan 2022
On general sale on Fri 28 Jan 2022
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Further line-up details announced

Nonclassical: listening to place

Sun 20 Feb 2022 Barbican Hall, 7.30pm

Tickets £15 – 30 plus booking fee & £12.50 (livestream)

Nonclassical curate an evening of music and sound, exploring how we relate and respond to the environmental noise we unconsciously block out. Musicians have always responded to place and space, and, with the advent of recording technology, artists became able to work directly with environmental sound, embedding it into their practice. Through field recordings, musical responses and ambient performance Nonclassical ask how our relationship with the world has changed over time, and how aware we are of the noises and sounds around us. Joining this Nonclassical event are artists of different cultural and geographical backgrounds including Ligeti Quartet, Rebeca Omordia, Kate Carr, Langham Research Centre, Cedrik Fermont and just added to the line-up: Li Yilei, who will perform a special live set for this event, showcasing their unique approach to electronic and found sound. The set will feature tracks from their recent lockdown-inspired album, as well as sounds generated from image scanning, live theremin Claravox, hand-made sound objects, and field recordings from China and the UK.

Co-produced by the Barbican and Nonclassical

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Songs In The Key Of London
Sat 5 Mar 2022, Barbican Hall, 8pm
Tickets £22.50 – 35 plus booking fee

‘Sweet Thames! Run Softly, till I End My Song’ - Edmund Spenser

First commissioned by the Barbican in 2010, this special project – Songs In The Key Of London – is reprised to coincide with the Barbican’s 40th Anniversary weekend in March 2022. Featured guest artists so far confirmed include Marc Almond, Louise Marshall, ESKAZara McFarlaneNadine ShahGraham GouldmanRuby TurnerCathal CoughlanEmmy the GreatMatt DeightonSarah Cracknell and Debsey Wykes (of Saint Etienne). Musical Directors for the concert will be Kate St John and Neill MacColl. The evening will also feature contributions from Barbican Young Poets.

Chelsea MorningsWaterloo Sunsets and Rainy Nights in Soho. The life and times of the capital have been immortalized in song by many a musician. From the bustle of the music halls to the riot of the punks, from Lovers Rock to Grime, the tradition is rich, a city celebrated, commiserated, and eulogized through song. Co-curated by songwriter Chris Difford of Squeeze and DJ and presenter Nihal ArthanayakeSongs In The Key Of London once again brings together singers and songsmiths of the old school and new, in a musical celebration of our great city.

Produced by the Barbican 
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