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840: New Music for Voices and Strings

10/12/16   7.30pm

Photo by Ezra-Lloyd Jackson
840 collaborated with NME (New Music Ensemble) on a programme of music for voices and strings. Two iterative classics by Tom Johnson - Counting Duets and Eggs and Baskets - were performed alongside music by Mark Barden and Georgia Rodgers. The programme also featured new works by 840’s Alex Nikiporenko and Nicholas Peters, and NME’s Rodrigo B. Camacho and Sara Rodrigues.

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The NME came together in late 2014 as a laboratory for experimentation with various forms of new music and performance art. It welcomes and brings together individuals of different cultural and educational backgrounds, assuming difference as richness rather than threatening otherness. The development of a sharp sociopolitical consciousness, both in terms of content and form, is a prime concern for the NME, permanently reconsidering the implications of treating music as art and questing its role in contemporary societies and communities.

The NME has performed in many venues around London, including Southbank Centre, Rich Mix and I'Klectik Art Lab and has participated in the international conference "Compositional Aesthetics and the Political" held at Goldsmiths, University of London. More recently, it was funded by the AHRC for its work as resident ensemble in PLACE, an international interdisciplinary creation-research project, which concentrates on space-place dynamics and on how these influence the construction and perception of sociocultural identity.

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NME players: Roxanna Albayati (cello), Rodrigo B. Camacho (voice), Sara Rodrigues (voice), Nicole Trotman (voice) and Julia Vaughan (viola).
The concert took place at the St James’ Church, Islington.
Click here for the event poster
and here for the programme