Tim Hecker with the Konoyo Ensemble

+ Kara-Lis Coverdale

Tim Hecker standing in a temple

Digital and organic sonics come together in a special performance from the electronic producer accompanied by a Gagaku court ensemble.

From sounds so gentle as to be almost floating on air to heavy unworldly tonality, Hecker’s performance of music from his forthcoming record Konoyo – a collaboration with traditional Japanese Gagaku musicians from the on shō, ryuteki and hichiriki ensembles – forms a hybrid recalling electronic abstractions and psychedelic American minimalism. Taking his explorations of noise, dissonance and melody into new territories, the natural sounds of the instrumentation both ring freely and are treated with Hecker’s signature brutal sounds. 

Opening the evening, regular collaborator Kara-Lis Coverdale creates colourful and dense arrangements with a unique approach to melody, harmony and sonic detail.

This performance will begin promptly at the advertised start time and is expected to finish by 10.30pm

Subject to change

Produced by the Barbican in association with Bird on the Wire

Supported by the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation 

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