When: 7.30pm on Saturday 27 February 2016
Where: International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Chorlton Mill, 3 Cambridge Street, Manchester M1 5BY
We’re delighted to be working with Grandbrothers for the first time!
Following the release of their acclaimed debut album Dilation earlier this year, Grandbrothers are set to hit the road in February 2016, for their first major headlining tour.
Grandbrothers are Erol Sarp and Lukas Vogel. Together, they combine classical composition with modern, experimental production and sound design. Their debut album Dilation was recorded using a grand piano and a series of self-built electromechanical hammers, which were triggered to ‘play’ the piano, creating new and previously undiscovered sounds. Surprisingly, there are no synthesisers on Dilation: everything comes from the grand piano.
Grandbrothers’ one-of-a-kind live show replicates the process by which the duo made Dilation. Their unconventional live setup lends itself to spontaneity: it’s like witnessing open-heart surgery on the grand piano, where no two performances are the same. Meanwhile, the influence of techno and club music on their sound becomes amplified during performance, with exhilarating and often unpredictable results.
Dilation was released in March via FILM Recordings. Inspired by Steve Reich, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto, the album is cinematic but rhythmic, and it received praise both online and in print across the UK, Europe, and the US.
Opening the show is Elizabeth Preston. Originally from Blackpool, Elizabeth takes a ‘beguiling, artistic approach’ to folk, creating loops of cello and vocals to sing and play to. Her music has been described as ‘a hypnotic eruption of stabbing cello, haunting melody and exuberant yelps… folk but not as you’ve ever heard it’.
This show takes place at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation, a charity that encourages and supports public and scholarly interest in all aspects of the life and work of Anthony Burgess, the late novelist (best known for A Clockwork Orange), poet, playwright, composer, linguist, translator and critic. The foundation, situated just off Oxford Road, features a fully licensed cafe-bar and an engine room, which will host this concert.
AGE RESTRICTION: This show is 14+. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.
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